In the ever-present Now is where we can fully experience life in all its splendor. From this self-fulfilled space, we are then able to relate to ourselves and to others in a more real way.
Bringing our full attention to the present can be a very easy practice once we understand how to bypass the thinking mind that keeps us always moving either into the past or into the future and away from the living present.
In this workshop we will experiment with various simple forms of meditation that use different “anchors” into the present moment: from sitting to walking meditation, to perceiving the inner body and using our physical form and the senses to experience our formless essence within. All of these meditations are inspired by Osho’s guidance that Shastro received during the almost 40 years he has been with him.
As part of this process, one evening Shastro will also play for a Doorway to Silence live music meditation. He describes this guided music meditation with these words:
“In this meditation, we will use the sense of hearing as our entry door to the inner silence. When we listen attentively we naturally stop thinking because consciousness, that is now needed for the sensorial perception, is removed from the mental process. In this way, with the help of music, we can enter naturally and effortlessly into that space of silence and inner calmness.” – Shastro
Learning to slow down, to pause and to rest in the present moment always help us to disidentify from the source of all stress in our lives: the egoic mind. Once we experience that we are more than just our thoughts, that we are the Witnessing Consciousness in which all experiences are perceived, then an incredible freedom arises to live a spontaneous, vibrant and truthful life.
Shastro is very passionate about offering his own understanding of what meditation can be and how to apply it to our everyday life.
Based on his 40 years of meditation practice, his teaching is not rooted in a specific technique or tradition but rather in the ever-unfolding moment and how it is experienced in the inner space.
Shastro’s skill lies in directing the participants to familiarize themselves with a sense of presence from within by weakening the identification with the thinking mind and strengthening the awareness of the Now.
One of the most prominent authors of New Age music in the USA of the last 20 years, Shastro has so far published under his name more than 16 albums among which:
– Zen Notes – Best Meditation album nominee at the 2000 New Age Voice Awards
– Tantric Heart – Best New Age album nominee at the 2001 AFIM Awards
– Reiki Offering – Winner for Best Reiki Music at the 2001 COVR Awards
– Shamans’ Healing – Winner for Best Healing album at the 2003 Visionary Awards
Shastro lived for several years in India with Osho in his Pune ashram where he was the director of the School for Centering in 1990-91 and where he had the opportunity to deepen his approach to meditation and music. Later on he moved to the USA (Hawaii) where he created his music label – Malimba Records – that distributes worldwide music for meditation, Yoga, Tantra, Reiki and the healing arts.
Some of the other practices that influenced his formations are Aikido – that he practiced for 15 years and also taught at the Osho Ashram in India – Kyudo, also known as Zen Archery, Sufi Whirling and Argentine Tango that he taught for several years in his own school on Maui, Hawaii. He considers all of them important forms of meditation in movement that helped him have a taste of what in Taoism is called Wu Wei – action without action, or effortless action.
Recently Shastro has been spending his time between the USA and Europe, where he dedicates himself to the presentation of his music events and meditations classes.