I was in Nepal to facilitate a workshop for The Asia Foundation, and other than a planned mountain flight to see Mt. I didn’t know much about singing bowls, but had seen and heard them used in the US in church services and in yoga classes as a call to meditation.  I remembered their beautiful and calming sound. First, my teacher demonstrated how to hold the bowl lightly in the palm of one’s hand.  If you clutch it tightly, it won’t sing.
Is there something in my life – career, personal life, relationships, goals – that I am clutching too tightly, and in so doing, preventing the very results I seek? My teacher instructed me to hold the wooden baton as I would a writing instrument, between my thumb and first two fingers, and circle the rim of the bowl, applying firm and even pressure.  I found that varying the speed or pressure did not yield good results. After all that instruction and correction, I figured I’d be producing the melodic pitch at any moment.  I figured wrong. Are there areas in my life – career, personal life, relationships, goals – where I am frustrated by the lack of results?
In what areas of my life am I focused more on achieving the results than enjoying the journey? I also learned that to jump-start the sound, you can tap the side of the bowl, which produces a lovely gong sound, and then circle the rim of the bowl with the baton to prolong and heighten the sound.  I was gratified to find that even in this meditative activity, there are multiple paths to a common destination.
How might I need to adjust my approach in various areas of life given that I have certain commitments (be they to spouse, children, friends, certain values, or causes)? My Tibetan singing bowl now sits on a prominent shelf in my home office, a reminder of the 7 life lessons I learned that afternoon in Kathmandu.
March 20, 2015 By Gareth Young Leave a Comment Earlier this week I gave a meditation lesson to a class of seniors at a high school. Some individuals moved occasionally, but all respected the silence and the sanctity of the physical and mental space we had created. Regular meditation in high schools and in the work place is a dream, maybe, but it is a dream that could change the world. Sign up for the mailing list to receive my regular writings in your inbox and to learn more about the Pilgrimage.
When I transformed my own life from a traditional corporate career and family life to an integrated life of independent business livelihood, I gained richer personal relationships, and deeper community involvement, all filled with a sense of meaning and purpose.
A year and a half ago I was volunteering in the Turkish mountains, and after a rather upsetting situation I had the sudden urge to go out into the forest and dance, without music, in nature, in peace and safety.
Last summer a friend of mine was passionately sharing her experiences at a dance meditation class she was taking. Movement meditation, or dance meditation, is an experience that is nearly impossible to put into words, as it is a dance without any instructions, following the music and the rhythms.
In movement meditation class, people move their bodies as they feel like it, without judgment, just letting everything go, just being present, just being themselves. Besides running, I have never felt so safe, free, and present in the moment as during a dance class. Movement meditation has given me so much—so much joy, so much passion, so many smiles, so many emotions.
It’s just like in real life: there are so many people busy running to work, to school, to pick up the kids, to get their shopping done, and so on. We are all connected, occupying the same planet and connected to the same universe, yet there is room to be ourselves, to express our own creative power, and to live our own passion from our heart. I looked rather skeletal when I entered my first dance meditation class after losing too much weight, while trying to heal from a chronic health condition through various cleanses and elimination diets.
Every time I dance I feel my body as something connected to and part of a beautiful bigger whole rather than as a lonely and disconnected object. Moving among other bodies, I not only feel an amazing connection, but I also experience how beautiful we are all, in body and spirit. I am a person who lives a rather alternative life by society’s standard, always following her heart wherever it leads her.

Dancing reassures me that the heart knows the best; therefore, it is the best to listen to the heart. But as my teacher often says, there is no right or wrong; whatever and however you dance is okay, and the same truth holds for life. It is pointless to compare ourselves to others or even to our past life or future goals because we’re all different, coming from different places.
Some days when I go to class I am extremely happy and I just want to put my joy on the floor. About Kat GalKat Gal is a holistic health and life coach who believes in the power of plant-based foods, love and positive thinking. I’ve never thought of myself as a dancer either, but I love the idea of the dancing meditation you describe. There is no deeper truth than one that can zoom into the tiny, zoom out to the infinite, and still see beauty. DisclaimerThis site is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. Meditation is hard not to come by because many people meditate daily, and most don’t even know it. Thanks for visiting!Stepping into the musty shop on a busy street in Kathmandu, I was looking for souvenirs.  I found some – but I also came away with 7 life lessons. I immediately decided that, if I could find an affordable one, this would be the perfect memento of my very first trip to Nepal. Who possesses the knowledge I seek, but also – perhaps more importantly – the patience required to help me learn? I had a great time, but more importantly the students and their teacher felt the program was a great success.
We began discussing the diversity of meditation practices and their place in each of the major religions of the world, and we talked about the emerging medical science that describes the positive effects of meditation and the changes it effects in the brain. We shifted from looking at the practical benefits of meditation to discussing the spiritual perspective that such benefits are incidental. A small bell chimed to signal the end of our meditation, and we continued to sit in silence for a few more moments, before moving into discussion. I can only dream about the positive effects on the world if every school, every workplace, every house of worship, offered monthly a secular class on meditation, bringing together instruction, meditation experience, and peer conversation. It is also one I can work towards in my own little way with my own personal meditation practice, with the Buddhist meditation group of which I am a member, and when I return to the high school in a month for the next in our series of meditation classes.
And click here if you would like to purchase a copy of my latest book, Up The Mountain, at Amazon. I was kicked out jazz ballet, and I am so clumsy that I once broke the mirror in an aerobics class.
But most of all, dance meditation has given me so many valuable lessons to be used in my life. Some people, like me, prefer to mostly remain in their own world, while others would rather connect for a while. We pass each other; sometimes we connect and often we don’t, but we are part of the same place. My body is different now, and I would be lying if I said the change in my body shape has always been easy, but dance meditation has helped me tremendously with this process. Leaving class, walking down the street, I remind myself to respect my body, because, just like every body, it’s beautiful. Dancing reassures me that it is more than okay to change direction, stop, turn back, run forward, or jump between different roads. Living in the present moment is a beautiful thing, and following our own instincts is the best way to live in the moment. There are days when I come with sadness, anger, or frustration, which I am able to release in movement.

Just like in dance, living an authentic, honest life from our heart gives a tremendous amount of freedom, because it’s only in acknowledging and showing our true feelings that we’re able to work through them. I started it with focused-breathing meditation and when i felt the energy and tingling sensation flowing through my body, I played a yoga music and I allowed my hands to move freely and then little by little I started to move my body letting the energy flowing inside me to dance with the beat.
I did the same thing and the only difference is I came up idea to host a dance party for my roommates with some snacks and we did it for half an hour with different music and we laughed and were so happy. The combination of flow, balance and groundedness makes me feel to connected (above and below), and present. The content on Tiny Buddha is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. Meditation is even being prescribed to people who are suffering from stress and other ailments. And the experience reinforced my long-standing belief in the universality and wonder of meditation.
Then I spoke about the particular practice in which we were going to engage, one of sitting still in awareness; of sitting still and watching our breath, our thoughts, whatever comes and goes. Also, I said, I did not want them to feel they had to try to sit still through the inevitable pins and needles and other discomforts that would likely arise, and that if they needed to or wanted to change postures, they should do so quietly so as not to disturb the silence for others in the room.
From a religious standpoint the real purpose of contemplative practice is getting to know our real selves and cultivating closeness to God.
I can only imagine the cumulative effect if just a small number of the attendees were to take this experience and start their own personal practice, even just ten or fifteen minutes a couple of times a week.
We are all part of the same crowd, yet we respect each other’s world and remain in our own dance.
While others move gracefully in their beautiful slow dance, some are rolling on the floor, and yet a few are sitting in meditative pose. As time goes by meditation will have altered a person’s state of mind and for the better. The kids seemed more settled and stable and they shared stories of interesting experiences during their twenty minutes. You limit your thought process to one thing, eliminating other scrambled thoughts and bringing one to a state of mind where one is calm and relaxed. Although this depends on what the meditation is used for as many techniques and forms have been created over the years.
There were many different forms of meditation that were developed during the Ancient times to present day. Some say that the first realization of meditation and its effects were by ancient men staring at a camp fire.Meditation is used highly in religious practices. Which is a good thing, because we I will be returning next month, and again a month after that, and hopefully every month during the 2015-6 academic year. Buddha was the biggest influence in the practice of meditation and is also a large meditation icon. Many countries and cultures adopted a different version of the word meditation and each found a truly unique way of how to teach and practice it.Many other religions began to use meditation as part of their practices.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi promoted his own brand and ideas of meditation and began a resurgence of meditation into the Western world that still flourishes today. Meditation was introduced to the West thousands of years after it was adopted in Asian culture. In the 60's and 70's many scientists began researching the effects and benefits of meditation.

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