Entering Meditation Through Ecstatic Dance



“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Dancing as Meditation

When most people hear of meditation, what immediately comes into their minds is someone sitting silently in a lotus posture counting his breath or observing his thoughts.

To enter into a meditative state, however, one doesn’t need to be physically passive, like the above image would suggest. There are physically active ways one can achieve that, but most people on the spiritual journey are unaware of that. Those include running and martial arts (Kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery is a good example), with the most ancient and arguably most potent way being that of dancing.