"What I do is sort of like dynamic meditation. I confront the useless beliefs and ideas you cling to, in a way that you'll react. After you've gotten all your pent up emotions out, then you're more open to what I have to say."
I was on the receiving end of this a few weeks ago when Sol and I were in a discussion. It made me reflect on something interesting: the more emotion and psychological tension we build up inside, the less open and receptive we are of the people around us, and the life we have in general.
How many times have you gone into a situation with an outlook already coloured darkly with a negative perspective? Every single thing you see, feel and experience is suddenly a whole lot different than what you experienced before. Our perception of life is extremely important, and is directly influenced by the level of pent up emotions we carry inside ourselves.
Our perception determines how many friends we have, what jobs we choose and stay in, how thankful we are of the people in our lives, who we partner with, and how big our general levels of happiness are.
The Best Form of Catharsis
Just think of a little 3 year old child. How many rigid beliefs do they obsessively cling to? How many passive aggressive displays of anger do they have? How many tension induced headaches and neck aches do they put up with? If the kid is like most 3 year old kids, none whatsoever. But why? Because they regularly engage in a very healthy form of catharsis: tantrums.
Just think of how you feel after you scream or cry. More often than not, you feel a sense of relief and a whole lot more peaceful than before. These are only two forms of very mild catharsis however, and unfortunately, the only ones that we usually choose to relieve ourselves of the cocktail of emotions we all carry with us.
So why don't we throw tantrums like we did when we were 3? Wouldn't it be a much more thorough way to empty ourselves of all the emotional weights we carry? Many of you will think words like: infantile, embarrassing, immature and uncivilized when the idea of throwing a tantrum comes up in your minds.
Fortunately for us "mature and civilized" adults, there is a controlled way of dropping all of our mental and emotional baggage. It has rules too! ... Will that pique your interest?
Dynamic meditation was first created by Indian guru and mystic Osho (or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). It's a full body catharsis that involves sporadic and spontaneous movements and noises that are aimed to increase alertness, and purify the body of toxic, repressed emotions.
The whole point of dynamic meditation is to become more open, aware and embracing of life, in the present moment.
For your entertainment, I've included a fascinating video below. Try to watch this video in a state of open mindedness.
I did this for a long time. It's the most powerful thing I know to help you get through stressful situations ... it just changes the entire day, everything. - YouTube user
Quick, deep, and chaotic breathing. This is supposed to build up all the energy inside of you to breaking point.
Go crazy, and let every emotion you have out, just like a 3 year old having a tantrum. Scream, cry, jump or do anything that expresses and releases what you feel inside.
Jump up and down, breathing the mantra "Hoo!" continuously.
Stop and freeze exactly where you are! In this stage you're supposed to observe your body and the sensations it's experiencing.
Dance around and celebrate through dance!
Although dynamic meditation may not be for everyone, it's one superb way to let go of all the poisonous emotions that we carry within ourselves, sometimes for years. These emotions make us sick both in body, and in mind.
Any experiences with dynamic meditation? Feel free to share them below!
Photo by: Maks Karochkin