whirling as a sacred dance or meditation is used by many cultures. The most famous being the Mevlevi dervishes – the practice originating with the poet/philosopher Rumi. The story goes that Rumi was walking in the goldsmithing section of Konya [Turkey] when he heard the beauty of music in their hammering. He began turning in harmony with it, an ecstatic dance of surrender reaching a place where ego dissolves and a resonance with universal soul comes in.

We have taken the essence of whirling, peeling away dogmatic and religious practice to reveal a powerful movement meditation. Turning is an image of how we can become the empty space where human and divine meet. The gravitational pull of turning works at our cellular level and reminds us of the presence at the centre of the universe.

"To approach the whole the part must become mad, by conventional standards at least. Letting go and surrendering to ecstasy redefines this madness as true health."

Unlike other meditations that use the mind, such as counting breaths or repeating mantras, whirling allows the mind to surrender completely to the physical. The body, which is an instrument of infinite intelligence, will begin to waver when the mind starts to wander into the seduction of daydreaming and thought. Using the breath we can come back to the present moment within seconds, which makes whirling a most powerful meditation.

Whirling is also a physical barometer of where you are emotionally and mentally. When the mind and body are in sync the movement flows effortlessly. Whirling works at an energetic level and the discomfort one may feel at times is the shift of energy as the being reintegrates itself.

A secret turning in us
makes the universe turn.
Head unaware of feet,
and feet head. Neither cares.
They keep turning.
- Rumi