Everyday Osho by Osho

365 Daily Meditations for the Here and Now

"The moment you are illuminated, the whole of existence is illuminated. If you are dark, then the whole of existence is dark . It all depends on you"

EVERYDAY OSHO

For more than thirty years, the insights of Osho have delighted and challenged spiritual seekers. Everyday Osho represents the essence of these insights an understanding that synthesizes a wide range of spiritual and philosophical traditions - with the contributions of modern science and psychology. This inspirational volume offers readers daily choices for living fully in the here and now, challenging them to embrace a new way of being that integrates body, mind, and spirit.

Osho is also known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, with an approach to meditation that acknowledges the accelerated pace of contemporary life. His unique "active meditations" are designed to first release the accumulated stresses of body and mind, making it is easier to experience the thought-free and relaxed state of meditation.

You might have formed your own opinions of Osho after watching the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country. However, for the purposes of this review I will not be focusing on any content from that documentary and will only focus on this beautiful book and its contents. I have always found the teachings of Osho deeply relatable and resoundingly helpful.

I actually had my first encounter with Osho in Rishikesh almost ten years ago. It was in a bookstore that was dedicated to his teachings. I left that store, as I do many bookstores, with my tote bag bulging, the strap almost snapping. 


It's been a while since I visited my Osho book collection, which includes the original edition of this book. Everyday Osho is now being revived by St Martin's Press, and I'm so grateful to the NetGalley and St Martin's for an advanced copy of this book to review. Even though I've read it before, it was almost ten years ago, and at a time that I truly needed it. The time has come again that I believe I need these meditations in my life, and so I feel gratitude for being able to read them again. 

Within the pages of Everyday Osho I believe are meditations that can resonate with just about anybody. There's 365 of them, which you might decide to read over the course of one year, cherishing one a day, or, like me, you may decide to scan through the contents and choose whatever speaks to you at that particular moment. 

In the opening of the book, Osho states, "Meditation is very simple: it is nothing but consciousness. It is not chanting, it is not using a mantra or a rosary. These are hypnotic methods. They can give you a certain kind of rest—nothing is wrong with that rest. If one is just trying to relax, it is perfectly good. Any hypnotic method can be helpful, but if one wants to know the truth, then it is not enough. Meditation simply means transforming your unconsciousness into consciousness."

The meditations that resonated most with me were the ones about Gratitude, Self-Improvement, Authenticity, Low Energy, Darkness, Sleep, and Anxiety. 

I felt like the self improvement meditation was written for me, it was that relatable. "Self-improvement is the way to hell. All efforts to make something out of yourself— something of an ideal—are going to create more and more madness. Ideals are the base of all madness, and all of humanity is neurotic because of too many ideals." 

I find as a society we are constantly trying to improve ourselves, become better, do more, achieve bigger things, fit ourselves into the boxes that others build for us. This simple meditation was a reminder that we do not have to try to become somebody else, we can enjoy being whatever we are. 

The Low Energy and Darkness meditations met me where I'm at right now in my journey. I feel in terms of my mental health, in the darkness, and with that, comes low energy. Osho's meditation says there's nothing wrong with low energy, just as there is nothing right about having high energy. When talking about darkness, Osho states quite beautifully, "Never be bothered by negatives . You burn a candle, and the darkness goes on its own. Don’t try to fight with the darkness. There is no way, because the darkness does not exist— how can you fight with it? Just light a candle and the darkness is gone. So forget about the darkness, forget about the fear. Forget about all those negative things that ordinarily haunt the human mind. Just burn a small candle of enthusiasm."

Finally, at the end of the book is a meditation called 'beginning', although it's the end of the book, Osho says, "wherever you are, it is always at the beginning. That's why life is so beautiful, so young, so fresh."

Each meditation is very short and concise, and can be brought anywhere with you, each one meeting you wherever you're at on your personal journey. I imagine this as the kind of book that can sit on a shelf for one thousand years, and still hold the same meaning and value that it does today. 

Osho's teachings are so wise, and I think everyone can benefit from them. In this very special book, you will have your eyes opened to the power of self-love and the truths to living life more fully with much more insight and clarity.

Osho International Foundation

Osho
is one of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world. He is the author of many books, including Love, Freedom, Aloneness; The Book of Secrets; and Innocence, Knowledge, and Wonder.

Everyday Osho is available for pre-order (releasing Jan 4th) Indigo and on Kobo. Check GoodReads for additional retailers. 

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