“Gibberish is a fun opportunity to let go and release stress.”
– Ray Hemachandra, Senior Editor – New Age Retailer
Gibberish was first used hundreds of years ago by a Sufi mystic named Jabbar. In fact the very word ‘gibberish’ derives from his name.
The mind thinks in terms of words. Gibberish helps to break up this pattern of continuous verbalization. Without suppressing your thoughts, you can throw them out using the Gibberish meditation. It is a wonderful way to release physical, mental and emotional stress.
You can do this technique at any time of day. To start with you might want to try 5 minutes of gibberish followed by 5 minutes of silence. Then build up to 15, 20, or 30 minutes of gibberish followed by the equivalent time of silent sitting. Use my Gibberish CD to accompany you. I suggest that you eat lightly before you do this technique.
Stage One: Gibberish
Close your eyes and just start speaking in gibberish, nonsense sounds. Don’t worry about what you sound like, just go totally mad. Make any sounds you like; just don’t speak in a language or use words that you know. Allow yourself to express whatever needs to be expressed within you. Go consciously crazy.
Do it any way you like: sing, cry, shout, scream, mumble, talk. Let your body go free too. Allow it to express itself any way it wants, especially if you’ve been cooped up in an office all day. You may want to stamp, stomp, jump, skip, lie down, run in circles. Do whatever you feel like doing without harming anyone. Do not let up. You should be moving and talking in a steady stream. You don’t want any empty spaces. If no other sounds come, say, ‘blah blah blah,’ but you don’t want any silences during this one.
If you are doing this meditation with other people, try not to be distracted by what they’re doing or to interfere with them in any way. Just stay with what is happening with you. If you cannot make loud sounds, for example, if you live in an apartment complex, then mouth the sounds silently but with the same force as if you were shouting out loud.
Stage Two: Witnessing
Sit in silence with eyes closed and witness whatever is going on within you with nonjudgment.
The Gibberish technique isn’t just for releasing anger, frustration, or rage. You can also use it to express and enjoy positive emotions such as joy or excitement. You might find yourself playful and clowning around having a lot of fun. Allow whatever arises.
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Pragito Dove is author of Laughter, Tears, Silence: Expressive Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart(2010), a meditation master, keynote speaker, and trainer. Visit Pragito’s website at http://www.discovermeditation.com, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.925.9533 for more information on books,cds, trainings, and workshops and to book her services.