Photos by Enrico Pietracci – Berlin 2017

Whirling has always been a fascinating act to me. Watching the Mawlawi dervishes spinning through the space, sometimes faster, sometimes tranquil, would push me into a floating space where I was spinning and journeying in dreams.


Whirling dance is an active and dynamic meditation, a simulation of an essential motion, a dizziness, an extra-ordinary stress situation for the body and the mind. But when we master these, the soul then finds a way to communicate in clarity. Whirling dance creates a space for us to observe and explore from our standing point, while wiping out the outer distractions and teaches us to keep calm in stress and to find balance in motion. We start to develop a sensitivity for ourselves and for anything else around us. We learn to move with the flow but also to get more stabile in our center at the same time.


I learned how to listen to the harmonies in the music,
and that deep listening doesn’t only happen through ears;
I experienced how my body synchronises to the rhythms and tunes,
heard the music in the life
and danced to it. 

Whirling taught me, how to pray,
showed myself to myself,
brought laughter and tears without and for a reason,
whispered to seek the whole discoveries out in the universe in me,
took me beyond space and time,
and gifted me with wisdom which I now try to apply in my life.

Now.. since every existence from the atoms to galaxies and beyond is spinning, my life is also spinning, all the happenings are floating fastly into each other in front of my eyes, my sight is getting blurry, and I cannot say what is what. I remember how I achieved not to get dizzy and feel the calmness while my body is whirling.. I stop thinking, judging and calculating about all the possibilities, let and welcome anything coming.

How beautifully Rumi describes…

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing; invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Whirling connects higher wisdom to dark wisdom. So maybe I can describe it like going into a dark room, turning on the lights and getting surprised while watching it turning to a paradise garden. 

I believe in a soul and that we should meet our souls in their purity while still alive, yet I don’t believe this is the purpose and goal to achieve in our lives, since we are not in all these physical and material circumstances without a reason.

My body is not without a reason.
Gravity is not without a reason.
The food we eat, the water we drink,
the emotions we feel,
the choices we make,
all the people we meet,
the words we speak
and the void inside we cannot describe..

So what does all this mean?
What does it really mean to be a human?

So what does it mean to have a body,
to move our body parts,
how do we control our body,
do we even have its control in our hands?
What does it truly mean to have control?
Where does our bodies limit us
and what does our bodies offer to us?
What can we do with the chances we have?
How does it really feel to feel dizzy?

And what is the truth in this chaotic times we are going through?
Who am I and where am I going?
Where is God in these difficult times we need Him/Her the most?
Where do I meet this soul of mine?
In my heart or up there in the head?

Sufis believe that the home of the soul lies in the heart. We open it by singing mantras and dive into practicing deep listening, exploring, analysing and understanding by focusing on our hearts. We find our answers to all the questions above and more by cycling, we learn the language of the nature (of the things).

So above, so below..