During his lifetime, Osho recommended the process of Watchfulness as a sure shot method to evolve your meditation. Below we bring to you his thoughts on how to go about the ‘Watchfulness Meditation’.
The only thing that we have to learn is to be watchful. Watch! Watch every act you do. Watch every thought that passes in your mind. Watch every desire that takes possession of you. Watch even small gestures- walking, talking, eating, taking a bath. Go on watching everything. Let everything become an opportunity to watch.
And when you watch, a clarity arises. Why does clarity arise out of watchfulness? Because the more watchful you become the more all your hastiness slows down. You become more graceful. As you watch, your chattering mind chatters less, because the energy that was becoming chattering is turning and becoming watchfulness — it is the same energy!
When I say watch, don’t TRY to watch, otherwise you will become tense again, and you will start concentrating on the breath. Simply relax, remain relaxed, loose, and look…because what else can you do? You are there, nothing to be done, everything accepted, nothing to be denied, rejected, no struggle, no fight no conflict, breathing going deep — what can you do?
You simply watch. Remember, simply watch. Don’t make an effort to watch. This is what Buddha has called VIPASSANA — the watching of the breath, awareness of the breath — or SATIPATTHANA — remembering, being alert of the life energy that moves in breath. Don’t try to take deep breaths, don’t try to inhale or exhale, don’t do anything. You simply relax and let the breathing be natural — going on its own, coming on its own — and many things will become available to you.