Can running be an active meditation?
“When you are running your breathing naturally goes very deep and it starts massaging the Hara – which is in fact the center from where meditative energy is released.
“And when you are running you are throwing all carbon dioxide out of your lungs. Carbon dioxide makes people dull, dead, frozen, blocked; Carbon dioxide is good for trees and very bad for man. When you are running…your lungs are full of oxygen…and they purify the blood, they purify the whole system.
“Running against the wind is a perfect situation. It is a dance of the elements. And while running you cannot think; if you are thinking you are not running rightly. When you are running totally, thinking stops. You become so earth-bound, the head no longer functions. The body is in such an activity that there is no energy left for the head to go on and on; thinking stops.
And in those moments of non-thinking, your existence is pure, you simply are – you don’t know who.
“Before we can rise high and reach the ultimate we will have to become authentic, as authentic as possible. Through running that authenticity happens. Sometimes try one technique….
“Lie on your bed and imagine that you are running. Imagine the whole scene: the trees and the wind, the sun, the whole beach, the salty air…. Imagine everything: visualize it and make it as colorful as possible. Recall any morning that you like the most – running on the beach, in a forest – and start running in imagination.
“You will find that your breathing is changing. Go on running. You can do this for miles, for hours. You will be surprised that even doing this on the bed, you will attain to those moments again when suddenly meditation is there. So if some day for some reason you cannot run – you are ill or the situation doesn’t allow it or the city is not worth running in – you can do this and you will attain to the same moments.”
(This title is no longer available at Osho’s request)