A Weird Path to Bliss
I’ve been doing a fun, new form of meditation that is a little on the weird side, but I decided I should share because my bliss and my energy have increased every day since I’ve been doing it.
It’s not for everyone, but even if it’s not for you, maybe it will inspire you to think outside the box about how you connect with your spirit and come up with you own unique methods.
I’ve always thought the Sufi Whirling Dervishes were magical and beautiful to watch. If you aren’t familiar them, part of their religious practice is a prayer during which they spin and chant the names of God. They put their right hands raised up to receive divine energy and their left hands down to release the energy into the Earth. As best I understand it, they are allowing divine energy to pass through them to bless the Earth with it. The process creates a blissful state in them. Here’s a video to that gives a brief overview of their ritual.
Now I certainly don’t claim to understand their religion, and I’m sure there is more to it that meets the eye. Still, I decided to see if I could use elements of their practice to create my own path to bliss in a non-disrepectful way. When I do Reiki, an energy healing technique, I feel that my body is conduit for healing energy that enters my body and flows out to where it is needed which seems similar to what they are trying to accomplish. I liked the idea of adding the spinning to it.
I decided to use a similar technique to the whirling dervishes. I spin slowly with my right hand up receiving the Reiki energy and my left hand down pouring the energy into the Earth with the intention that it goes where it can be of the most use. I only spin about 20 -30 times each session and I like it so much that I’ve been doing it about three times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening.
It connects me with the youthful, fun feelings that I used to get from spinning when I was a child and the energy that flows through me leaves me with a blissful, high-energy feeling. If you don’t do Reiki, you can still do this by intending to receive and send out love and light or whatever works for you.
A Few Caveats:
Do this very slowly so you don’t get dizzy.
You will probably still get dizzy, so don’t do this if you aren’t physically up to it or strong enough. Injuring yourself is not blissful!
Make sure you have plenty of space and a soft landing-place if you need one. I haven’t gotten wobbly or fallen because I move very slowly, but it could happen when you spin.
So that’s my latest weird meditation. I’ve also found that sometimes when I sit and meditate, I naturally start rocking or rolling my head from side to side. I later heard Abraham-Hicks talk about this a natural occurence. You may find that some simple repetitive motion, that doesn’t involve spinning, can be meditative for you.
Here are a few other weird paths to bliss that might work for you:
1. Smiling continually for 30 minutes or more every day.
2. Walking meditation using slow heel to toe deliberate steps.
3. Cleaning or any mundane task done slowly and deliberately.
4. Meditating in the bath.
5. Hula hooping or jumping on a trampoline while clearing you mind and focusing on the sensations of the movement.
6. Standing with you bare feet in the grass, feeling the connect to the Earth.
7. Creekwalking, which some Native Americans do to feel grounded, but I can’t find much info about it online
Do you use any weird or not so weird paths to bliss? What techniques work for you?