I've long been a lover of all things Bhakti—a practice of celebrating the Divine with music, singing, chanting and dance.
So I was especially thrilled on our Beyond Words Sacred Egypt trip, by a dance troupe who performed in the brilliantly ornate rooms of the Old Palace at the Mena Hotel.
This is not Bhakti, but it was a celebration!
There were drums and percussion and horns!
There were lively dancers doing the Sufi dance of Whirling Dervish!
Sufi dancing is super lively and very intricate—men twirl and circle endlessly, and as the dance gets faster and louder, their skirts become more colorful and then the skirts start to split and separate, so they are spinning above and below.
Our Beyond Words group practically blew a fuse when all this activity exploded!
Being Americans, we all joined in with what might best be described as the Egyptian version of "La Macarena."
We may not have been pretty, but we sure had fun!
It was a good reminder that spirituality is meant to be rowdy!
We're meant to have fun and celebrate!
We're meant to dance and laugh and get wild!
If your life seems stuck, you will do well to call upon your inner Whirling Dervish.
One spin, and you're facing a new direction.
Two spins, and you've literally changed your entire perspective.
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