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    4. If not now, when?

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The Magic of Drumming

#52 – Take a drumming class

I’ve been told over the years that I tend to march to the beat of my own drum. I like to find my own way of doing things (generally the hard way) and put my own unique stamp on things. I’ve tried my hand at a lot of different careers and played with various hobbies. Music, however, is one area that has defeated me to some extent.

Don’t get me wrong. I love listening to music, and dancing. But playing an instrument has not been a strong suit for me. I played the piano as a child but was bored with practicing. I took up the baritone (a small version of the tuba) in elementary school. I really wanted to play the flute but the baritone was the only instrument left by the time I had a chance to choose. It was almost bigger than I was.

So about ten years ago, when I attended a drumming circle for the first time, I was a bit apprehensive. Could I get my hands to follow a rhythm? Or would the drum be just one more instrument to be set aside?

I loved it! It was easy to pick up the rhythms, and once started, I didn’t want to stop. I began to dream of having a drum of my own. In fact, friends even put money into a “drum fund” for me for my birthday that year.

I still don’t own a drum, but this summer I had the chance to rediscover my love of hand drumming.

I was at the SPARKS event at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario. After presenting my Dream BIGGER workshop one morning, I checked out some of the other workshops taking place that day. Kat from Organic Groove was setting up drums in a big circle and I knew I’d found my niche.

We gathered around, and she explained the background of some of the drums and demonstrated different beats. Then it was our turn to listen and follow. We played a game of call and response for a while, gradually building up to doing a series of rounds, with each side of the circle doing a different rhythm.

The sound of the drums grew deeper, louder, more vibrant. I closed my eyes and surrendered to the pulsing energy that circled round and round. Each hand beat drove the sound further down, as if into the core of the Earth itself. I could feel the vibration in the floor through my bare feet. My body began to sway. I drummed harder, faster. A hum arose in the air, like a thread weaving together the voices of all the drums. The sound rose higher, encircling our bodies, calling to us, evoking distant memories of tribal ceremonies. The sound of our individual drums vanished, leaving only the song of the Mother drum. She spoke to us of life, death, struggle and ecstasy.

Kat subtly changed her rhythm to signal a final round and then, still with our eyes closed, we stopped. Simultaneously.

Breathless silence filled the room, a silence saturated with the last vestiges of echoing vibrations.

We opened our eyes and looked at each other, incredulous. No one spoke, but we knew in that moment how it felt to be one with the Universe.

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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