Have you ever taken a drumming class before? This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Rhythms of Empowerment class and what a healing gift! I was introduced to the psychological applications in which hand drums are being used for healing, to include assisting veterans to release the emotional pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, releasing the pent-up anger and negative emotions of “at-risk” adolescents, and promoting health in corporate executives through releasing their day-to-day stress. Additionally, in the medical field, the hand drum is being used to help Alzheimer’s patients improve their short-term memory and increase social interaction and to help autistic children increase their attention spans. These are amazing facts, and even better in my mind, it is not a drug! Scientists have found measurable positive immune system changes following one-hour drumming sessions. This is a positive fix and far superior to using drugs to mask symptoms, as opposed to healing your inner soul.
In our fast paced world, when we seem to be moving further and further away from our spiritual selves, the drum, through its simplicity, effortlessness and naturalism, offers a link back to that which we knew before technology separated us from our soul. The drum links those who use it back to their point of wholeness. I can attest to these facts first hand through my experiences this past weekend at a drumming workshop. It was a grief workshop, so those that attended had suffered the loss of a loved one, but as stated above it can be used to heal much more. I personally saw people who were suffering leave the building with a lighter heart. I would encourage anyone who yearns to be more in touch with their inner being to give drumming a try. Christine Stevens is one such teacher who offers an inexpensive kit through Sounds True (http://www.soundstrue.com/shop/The-Healing-Drum-Kit/109.pd). Who couldn’t use a little healing love in these crazy times?!
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.