The other morning I rose unusually early to attend an Active Mediation on the beach.
The Guru who created this form of Active Mediation wasn’t present, maybe he doesn’t like getting up before sunrise… Instead one of his followers was leading the meditation, I say leading she very briefly explained what we were going to do before starting.
It started with movement, something I was expecting from an ‘active meditation’, simply jumping up and down… but then it took and unexpected turn...
The wailing phase started!
Screaming, moaning, sobbing “getting it all out”. My mind turned to the beach hut not more than a few meters away and wondered how they liked being woken up each morning at 6am to the harrowing sounds of hollering and howling that were going on… sobbing and cry’s of anguish!
A couple of years earlier we stayed in a similar location with beach huts and meditation workshops. There we were woken by the Tantra group practicing. Maybe 50 or 60 people in a large hut next to ours all making very loud ‘sex’ noises… all doing it in time. Certainly a less harrowing sound to wake up to than the screaming… in fact one that made me smile.
At this ‘Active Meditation’ I found myself participating in the people around me weren’t smiling. They were screaming and making sounds like they were in the most terrible pain… why? They are “letting go”.
Now if you let go of something, it’s gone!
In a guided meditation you may release something… let go of an old issue… watch it float off downstream etc. The point is you let go of it and its gone.
This active meditation, I was told, will have a profound effect if I did it for the next 21 days in a row. Despite the fact that the venue owner (one of the people extolling the benefits of doing this for 21 days) himself hadn’t done it!
If you practice anything you get better at it. Spending 20 minutes a day practicing being really upset and angry and you are going to get good at what you are practicing doing, good at being upset and angry.
Practicing Relaxing Meditation for 20 minutes a day and you are going to get better at meditating. Some of the benefits of Meditating are that you become more relaxed, clarity of mind, you know the kind of things…
Practicing ‘the darker side’, anger, aggression all coming out… remembering what has upset and angered you and letting it out as a scream, wail, etc… Thinking of the things that have gone wrong in your life… the ‘people who have wronged you’.