Tantric meditations take many forms. For me, these have included stiltwalking, which is an amazing experience of feeling vertically stretched; pulled upwards by the sense of being so high and waving to all the smiling faces down below, yet simultaneously feeling a primal need to stay deeply connected with the ground by being constantly aware of the contact between the bottom of the stilts and the ground, since sometimes one's life literally depends upon that groundedness!
I have had some of the most fun experiences in my life dancing and playing music, even on stilts! And for me one of the most powerful things about the ancient practice of
is that it channels the joy of playing, singing and dancing in community, for higher purposes. My personal definition of what those "higher purposes" might be, is derived from the Buddhist prayer: "May you have health, happiness, love and wisdom".
I see the four parts of this blessing as forming a kind of "spiritual Maslow's hierarchy", where health is the foundation supporting happiness, happiness in turn supports love, and love supports wisdom.
So although I see wisdom as being my highest life goal, the path to achieving it starts with health.
I am currently recording music for events that will celebrate each of the four parts of this blessing. The first part is finished.
The Sanskrit says "sarve bhavantu nirāmayaḥ",
which can be paraphrased as
"May you be healthy, strong, grounded, safe and long-lived!".
You can listen
This recording is, in many ways, an evolution from the
Part 4: Rebirth
music of my Tibetan Book of the Dead project which you can find on CDBaby.