Meditation du Jour
The following is a lovely method for any of us to practice whenever we have time. It is also especially beneficial if you have any form of illness, or if you are with someone who is ill and/or facing death and can encourage them to do it.
Humming or chanting a mantra creates a vibration in the body and, especially, in the brain cells. Through this, the bodymind becomes deeply harmonious. Otherwise, in our everyday lives there is often a conflict between the body and the mind. For example, your body has had enough to eat but your mind goads you on, telling you that you may not have such a delicious meal again. This constant battle creates a split between the body and mind. We are not the body or the mind, so we feel torn apart.
Osho explains that through chanting or humming, the bodymind moves in accord. Then the third element, that which we really are – the soul, spirit or 'atma' – is at ease because it is not being pulled in different directions. “With the bodymind engrossed in humming, it is easy for that third element to slip out of the bodymind very easily, unobserved, and to become a witness; it can stand out and look at the whole game that is going on between the mind and the body. This is the meaning of the English word 'ecstasy'– to stand out. Stand out and watch from there ... and it is tremendously peaceful. It is silence, it is bliss, it is benediction.
“This is the whole secret of chanting; that's why chanting has prevailed down the centuries. But there is a danger also! If you become drunk with the body and the mind and your soul also becomes drunk, then chanting is an intoxicant. Then it is like a tranquilliser: it will give you a good sleep, that's all. It is a lullaby. There is nothing wrong in it, but it is not of any real value either.”
When humming, place the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth, at the front of the palate. Hum with the exhalation, for as long as is comfortable, before inhaling again. You can vary the pitch as you feel to.
If you hum for, say, 10 minutes, follow that with 10 minutes of silence, during which you remain still. In that silence you may simultaneously feel the vibration within your body and have a sense of great peacefulness.