A former personal assistant and student of the revolutionary meditation teacher Osho, Anando grew up in Australia and worked as an actress, dancer, and lawyer before a visit to India and a meeting with Osho awakened her soul and sense of higher purpose. Since then she’s traveled the world doing workshops, speaking on the health benefits of meditation, though you don’t need to know how to meditate to use her CD Sleep Deep. All you need to be is tired, and ready to relax and take suggestions. Over the soft drone music of fellow Osho student Veet Marco, Anando fills Sleep Deep with drowsy commands to “sink lower into your comfortable bed” and let go. Ever so patiently, ever so slowly, Anando guides us to relax from our toes through to our jaw, “allowing your mouth to drop open a little so your jaw can relax even more,” and upward.
“As you’re lying here right now, make sure your body’s really in the most comfortable position…and close your eyes, having a feeling of leaving behind all the business of the day…and just being with yourself.” The distant, melting chimes of Marco’s music become the colors of your hazy thoughts as worries about the day become balls of mist gone in the inner sunlight of hazy sleep, “more and more with each breath. Relaxing into however you are, right now.”
The album consists of only one short track so you don’t have to worry about it continuing to play on after you’ve gone asleep and suddenly waking you up with a burst of unfamiliar music. “Feel your eyes becoming very still and silent,”Anando purrs. “You can imagine that just underneath your right eye, there’s a very comfortable bed.” You may not ever get to hear that far into the disc as you’ll be sound asleep, but your unconscious will still be inspired, enacting her suggestions of “feeling safe” and “letting go.” And as in Osho meditation, the silence that follows is all part of the meditation—as is everything that comes after if you’re open to experiencing your life in a new, fresh way.
July 2014 | DailyOm