Spiritual Meaning of Swaying During Meditation

Spiritual Meaning of Swaying During Meditation

Have you started swaying or rocking side to side while meditating? Are you seeking the spiritual meaning of swaying during meditation?

You’ve come to the right place.

I started experiencing uncontrollable swaying while meditating about a year ago, I sought the advice of a qualified meditation teacher and discovered I was activating my Kundalini energy!

From that point on I had some very profound, spiritual, and powerful meditation sessions and carry the positive effects with me to this day.

I can’t promise or guarantee you’re going through the same thing, but it’s certainly a possibility. I hope, but sharing my experience that it’ll help you explore your own Kundalini awakening.

Why Does My Body Sway When I Meditate?

First of all, feeling some kind of sensation or physical feelings while meditating is normal. Not only is it more common than you think, but it’s also almost always a good thing too.

Some of the common feelings and sensations include;

Physically swaying or rocking from side-to-side is one of the less common occurrences. The first time it happened to me, I was freaking out a little.

I was conscious of what was happening but tried staying in a deep state of meditation without focusing on the rocking – if that makes sense.

It was only after I finished meditating that I stopped and reflected on what actually happened. I didn’t even know at this point that such strong physical actions were possible.

There are various reasons for the sensations and feelings I covered above, but swaying is something else.

I’ve since learned that for a lot of people, and this includes me, it means they are awakening their kundalini energy. I’ll explain what this means in more detail throughout this article.

Related Do you have a heavy feeling while meditating? Read this post.

What Is the Spiritual Meaning of Swaying During Meditation?

The spiritual meaning of swaying is that you’re experiencing a kundalini awakening.

Activating your kundalini energy is a very spiritual experience. It’s a way a lot of people are able to make a deep and very “real” spiritual connection.

We all possess kundalini energy, which is coiled at the base of our spines. It’s dormant for most people, until that is we find a way (often unknowingly) to awaken this energy.

The way most people experience a kundalini awakening is through hatha yoga, kundalini yoga, tantra, and meditation.

Because the energy starts at the base of the spine, the first indication that it’s being activated is often by forcing us to rock or sway. It’s much more noticeable if you meditate sitting, for obvious reasons.

What Is Kundalini Energy?

I’ve always found it hard to describe and explain kundalini, and I’m not alone in this.

It’s such a personal experience, it’s hard to put into words other people understand. The best way I can describe kundalini energy is as a powerful life force, a creative power, and something “bigger” than us.

When you activate this energy, you’ll feel a surge of energy rushing from the base of your spine all the way up through to the tip of your head.

Along the way, it boosts all your energy chakras. Giving you a more powerful feeling, both mentally and physically. As well as an expanded state of consciousness and spiritual connection.

It’s the power of this energy unlocking that literally causes you to sway side-to-side while you’re making this connection.

RelatedKundalini awakening symptoms.

What Should You Do If You’re Swaying?

Experiencing kundalini power can be overwhelming and hard to deal with alone, especially the first time you experience these feelings.

I know it was for me.

If you’ve had these signs, the best thing you can do is talk with a meditation or yoga teacher experienced with kundalini. This isn’t always possible though, I appreciate that.

The best advice I can offer – which is what was given to me – is to pause and say a prayer to ask for help and guidance when you’re experiencing this energy rush.

Then, try to consciously focus on channeling the energy to go up your spine. There are some potential dangers if the energy goes the other way, but try not to stress or worry about that.

It won’t happen the first time you experience these feelings, it’ll likely take several attempts. But eventually, you’ll be able to get a good “grasp” of the energy and channel it upwards.

You’ll then start to experience some of the spiritual, physical, and emotional benefits that come with awakening your kundalini energy.

The benefits vary for everyone, although you will likely experience:

  • Heightened senses; sight, touch, smell, hearing
  • A deeper, more meaningful spiritual connection
  • A feeling of awareness and purification
  • Being physically stronger
  • Sensations of energy deep within
  • More compassion and empathy

As you can see from the above benefits, there are so many positive benefits to realize.

They all revolve around you becoming much more in tune with who you are and really enhancing all of your physical and emotional powers.

In Summary

Many practitioners wait a lifetime to experience their kundalini awakening. If it’s happened or started happening for you, take it as a blessing.

Embrace the experience, it’s literally one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I’m always excited to see or hear it’s also happened to other people.


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4 thoughts on “Spiritual Meaning of Swaying During Meditation”

  1. Thank you so much for writing this article. I started experiencing rocking, swaying, and circular body movements two weeks ago after really going deeper into my meditation practice. I have tried talking to people about it, but have not been able to get any information as no one in my circles has experienced it. I read some stuff online that was negative and fear-based, which bummed me out. I knew that whatever was happening was at the very least a very cool and positive thing. I have noticed some amazing changes in myself since experiencing this. It is the strangest sensation! Thank you again for this article. It would be great if there was some sort of online community where people who have experienced this can talk and “compare notes.” Thank you~

  2. Thank you so much for this article. My sentiments are exactly like Sara’s above! Ever since experiencing this, I have been looking all over the internet for answers and became a little nervous when I read about it and sensed negativity. But I too feel like this is something amazing and very positive!

  3. Thank you for explaining this! I started to do this when I was meditating and thought is was a bad thing so I have been leaning against something when I meditate! I guess I’ll stop doing that and just go with it from now on. WOW.

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