In this technique, we begin with the body, shaking it. "Shaking is so active, so deliberate — how can it be a meditation?" my students sometimes ask. Shaking is in fact a warm-up process. The idea is to loosen up and shake out all the tensions from the body/mind that have accumulated during the course of the day. It's important not to force the shaking or it will become just like a physical exercise — the body will be shaking but you will be like a rock within. Just allow it to happen, as if nobody is doing it.

As the shaking takes over it will begin to penetrate to the very core of your being. The vibrations will reach to your very center. Your whole body will become a turmoil of energy, a cyclone. This is continued in the second stage. Through the energy of the cyclone you can then reach to the center.

This is a preparation for the third and fourth stages, when you will be silent and still, open to receive the guest of meditation.

You know how musicians spend time before they play, tuning their instruments, checking their guitar strings or the sound of the drums, preparing before they actually play the music? Shaking is like that. It is a preparation, a "getting in tune" with ourselves so that when we sit the tensions will be dissolved and the space of meditation will descend upon us.

The shaking meditation, which Osho created and called "Osho Kundalini," is done in four stages of fifteen minutes each, so you'll want to set aside an hour for it. This is one of my favorite techniques for releasing mental, physical, and emotional stress at the end of the workday, especially after a long day of sitting staring at the computer screen.

Pragito Dove in Lunchtime Enlightenment