Step 4: Celebrate
Once you feel relaxed, simply take a deep breath and observe how you feel. You may choose to sit up and stay still for a while as you process the experience. Feel the peace and tranquillity your inner self enjoys at this moment. You can also stand up and join the other Sufi dervishes in their celebratory dance to feel our joy and happiness in your soul.
Use caution while Sufi Whirling
Moving your body constantly in a whirling motion for 45 minutes can make you feel nauseous and disoriented. Dervishes believe this is a crucial part of the meditation and it prepares you to become mystically intoxicated. However, the intensity of this experience will vary based on your personal health and physical fitness.
Hence, it is very crucial that you start whirling slowly and gradually increase your speed as this will reduce these side-effects. Moreover, make sure you don’t eat a heavy meal before you practice as it will surely make you feel nauseous.
Tips for Sufi Whirling Meditation
“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.” – Jeremy Taylor
Here are a few tips to help you get started with Sufi Whirling and have a richer inner experience:
1. Dare to step out of your comfort zone as growth only comes from discomfort. When you first practice this meditation technique, you may feel very uncomfortable. However, if you wish to experience something truly divine, you need to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
2. Establish a connection with yourself. All of us have an inner strength and this experience will help you realize the power you hold inside. However, with our minds staying busy constantly trying to cope with daily life challenges, we are unable to tap into our full potential. Sufi whirling will help you realize how independent and limitless you are.
3. Have faith in the Universe. Trust in God or the Supreme Being will help you let go of the fears and doubts that exists in your rational mind. Trust that everything is happening for a reason and everything will turn out well. Do not give up the practice simply because you feel nauseated as it is a part of your spiritual and emotional cleansing.
4. Learn to live a little. Apart from doing your work, chores, and fulfilling your responsibilities, it is crucial that you learn to enjoy life and manage time to nurture your relationships and have fun. Spinning around without any specific purpose will enable you to enjoy the little things in life and feel happy. You will realize that not everything you do has to make sense. It’s okay to just be yourself and do what brings you joy. This will help you discover yourself and practice self-love.
Live like a whirlwind
“We dance to seduce ourselves. To fall in love with ourselves. When we dance with another, we manifest the very thing we love about ourselves so that they may see it and love us too.” – Kamand Kojouri
Did you know Sufi whirling dervishes often spin around for hours and stop only when their bodies don’t allow them to move anymore? Like other meditational practices, whirling can be a satisfying experience that helps you attain stillness of the mind.
So go ahead and start whirling!