Silence on the move – discovering the diversity of meditations
Meditation workshop with Julian Welzel
When we hear the word meditation, we usually think of a Buddha sitting in silence in silence; a knowing, happy and relaxed smile on his face. A forerunner and symbol since 2500 years, represented in many statues and pictures and now even spread in the West in the form of living room decoration. Therefore, those who want to experience meditation and try it out may think: “What survives so many years must have a true core. So I’m just going to sit in silence like the Buddha. “Whoever does it will find it’s not easy. And certainly not at all. The body hurts, the thoughts clatter relentlessly and without pause. And even if the true and wonderful core is there, for years you can imitate the Buddha without experiencing the quality of meditation – a frustrating experience that may even exacerbate the stress you were trying to get rid of.
Why is that? The Indian master Osho has once aptly stated that the everyday reality and thus the body and mind of man have changed over 2500 years. ADHD and ‘burnout’ under the Bodhi tree in ancient India? Hardly imaginable! Today, unlike Siddhartha Gautama, we live in a very different, modern and hectic world. We think and operate fast and much, participate in constant communication over the Internet, approaching things almost exclusively in objective consideration. In this world, we put the most energy into our heads, put a lot of stress on our bodies and suppress emotions to achieve goals or our self-image. When I sit down in this world and turn inward, this world reverberates for a very long time. The body is full of blockages, the energy remains in the head despite best efforts, the heart closed. We then stay in the seat with the consciousness always stuck to something and stuck. Trying to be just IS then nothing more than a complex attempt of the mind and the MACHER in us – we turn in circles.
So though it may seem like a tiresome detour to our minds, we must begin with our bodies and our heaviness and let go of all the baggage that we have accumulated and carried around with us. It may sound paradoxical, but we need to move in order to experience silence. Only when we have softened the coarse and our inner walls, we can slowly open ourselves to the finer and more subtle within us.
Who is this experimenting with meditation techniques aimed at?
- You always wanted to meditate, but do not know where to start? Then your experience with various meditations will not only give you first interesting experiences, but also help to see where you are going or going.
- You think you can not sit still? And that’s why meditation is not for you? Then, in this workshop, you can try out active meditations that may be more appropriate for you to access.
- You already practice meditation (no matter which direction) but have the feeling of being stuck? The initially deep and enriching experiences have given way to pain, frustration and mental repetition or lack of motivation? Then it’s time to change something and try something new.
In this workshop, you will learn a variety of active, moving and guided meditations in addition to the sitting meditation, which are based on this spectrum of body to energy. The focus is on the experience, you can just see which method in you something moves – and you may experience a meditative quality. The meditations come from different spiritual schools and traditions, from Buddhism and Osho to Taoism and meditations from Julian’s teachers. To participate you need no previous knowledge.
Julian Welzel started in 2010 with the sitting meditation Zazen in the San Bo Dojo in Bonn. This was followed by a long journey through monasteries and meditation centers in France, India, China, Thailand and the USA, where he became acquainted with many meditation accesses and spiritual schools / traditions. After receiving massage training in the mind-bending massage forms Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage) and Ayurvedic massage at Khun Ni in Thailand and Shikha Dhyan in India, Julian has been working as an independent massage therapist in Cologne since 2016.