The Relevance of Rhythm: Why Drum?
A good question. Why do ANYTHING if it doesn't provide some benefit to you? Rhythm and drumming helps you to SLOW DOWN and reconnect with YOU.
Everyone has heard the phrase "Don't just sit there, do something!" but I'd like to offer something different: "Don't just do something, sit there." And play your drum! Let me explain: In our modern world, speed is king. Faster is considered better. More is superior to less. Action trumps inac-tion. We want a lot of things, now. But this world of hyper stimulation has its drawbacks: shorter attention spans, heightened desire to consume, overvaluation of commodities. Ultimately, it places attention and focus on the outside: what external items do I need to stimulate me and make me feel whole and complete? This is a real problem!
Drumming and Rhythm help bring us back inside
The Power of Rhythm is the Power of Repetition. When we lock into a beat, our mind SLOWS DOWN (and, ultimately, turns off) and we reconnect with our physical rhythm: heartbeat, breath, muscle movement. We stop looking outside of ourselves for stimulation and approval; we begin to listen to the still, calm voice from inside. Some call this intuition, guidance, Love, even God. I call it my soul, or my positive lifeforce, or "axe" ("ah-shay")* as they say in Brazil. This energy resides in everyone and is constantly attempting to share it's wisdom and guidance. Unfortunately, most of the time we are too busy, too much into "More, Faster, Now" that we never stop to listen. That's too bad, because this message from our spirit is exactly what we NEED and WANT to hear in order to live our lives in complete accord with our dreams and desires.
You'll start hearing it and feeling it when you tap into the Power of Rhythm.
(*Axe ("Ah-shay") is a term I learned while studying music and dance in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It means, roughly, "positive life force"; the energy inside all of us that drives our dreams and desires.)
Drumming and Rhythm Helps Us Connect with Others
At the heart of being human is a desire to connect. Most of the time this desire is to connect with other people, but not always (it could be a desire to connect with nature, creative expressions, spiritual matters.) No matter, we want and deeply need to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves. The truth of our natural connection with all living things has been lost through generations of isolation, separation, loneliness. As we embrace a culture of materialism and consumerism, and a spirituality that separates us from our highest power, we drift further away. But there is a practical and joyful (if not new) way to reconnect: Rhythm! People have gathered for thousands of years, in virtually every culture on the planet, to DRUM TOGETHER. Human beings don't do ANYTHING for a long time unless it has a benefit and rhythm provides a tremendous benefit. Group drumming creates a supported place where we not only connect with our own spirit (as mentioned above), we THEN SHARE THIS EXPERIENCE WITH OTHERS. We are no longer alone or isolated. Rather, we collectively feed our souls, our higher selves, through the beat. And what a meal! Locking in complimentary rhythms, and holding those beats tight like a muscle is incredibly powerful, even thrilling.
Many skills are needed to make this happen:
1. We must be willing to go to a deeper place first individually and then collectively,
2. We must listen to each other,
3. We must communicate with each other in the context of a unifying beat,
4. Most importantly, we must support each other in maintaining this common beat.
As we develop these skills and insights through drumming, it's easy to see the crossover to other (all?) aspects of our life. Close personal relationships require a willingness to be go deep both individually and jointly; all successful work endeavors require outstanding listening and communication skills. Keeping focus on the common goal (the unifying beat) is the function of our sociopolitical system. Our everyday life requires immense trust and cooperation (e.g. driving on the proper side of the street, depositing money in the bank, flying in an airplane). Being "in rhythm" teaches and nurtures these skills.
Taken from : TotalRhythm.com
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