“Music is a lady that I still love because she gives me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and harmony.” Cat Stevens
It is a well known fact that we humans are all more alike than we are different. This means that the more we understand of ourselves and recognise our talents and beauty within the more we can recognise these traits in other people.
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
We know that human collective consciousness is woven of many threads and each of us diverse individuals contribute to the overall quality of our existence as a whole. If we recognise that the majority of each person is similar to you, you can recognise a common goal. If we are not overly concerned with a persons religious beliefs or political affliations but instead are more concerned with they are making the best of their life on this earth, we will find more harmony and common ground.
Are you making the most of your life? When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? Can you see yourself in another person and treat the other accordingly? When you lie in bed at night, are you happy with how you spent your day? When you awaken in the morning, are you hungry for higher heights?
We stand to gain more by working together and with each other rather than working against each other. It has been said by Native Americans, “no tree has branches so foolish as to fight amongst themselves.”
Living in harmony with others reduces stress, increases joy and boosts peace in your life. Drumming and rhythm can be used to induce deep states of relaxation and meditation. It encourages us to be in the moment and out of our distracted thoughts, all while fostering a sense of creativity, playfulness and community. Read more about the benefits of drumming on the individual and groups here.
The drum circle is a harmonious, safe space for each participant to be confident and comfortable as a contributing member of the group. Drum Circles bring us together in rhythm. Connections are formed, community is expressed, we begin to play in harmony. Rhythm is a source of human expression that has been present for human beings from the moment we are conceived – and before that, from the moment our ancestors were conceived, one generation after another, over thousands of years. All animals exist in rhythm — the heartbeats, the hoofbeats, the wingbeats – all rhythms of life. The rhythms that we open to, that touch us, bring us into alignment with the ancient rhythms of our ancestors. We can find that place of harmony and deep connection when we are in a circle drumming together.
Living in harmony in the midst of this social and cosmic complexity is a difficult art. Music plays a major role in helping individuals and groups manage the tensions of living in society. Drumming can bring people back into tune with themselves and others. In the ancient Minianka tradition - the musicians are seen as healers - they empower the people to enter into harmony with society. The Minianka musicians can facilitate emotional release for people who are suffering from emotional blockage or turmoil. Socially people are united with one another in response to the music of the drum. ‘As its vibrations reverberate into the invisible realm, the music quickens awareness of the spiritual mystery of life, and expresses the vitality of life.” Their message is about communal solidarity, about caring, healing and sharing in the joys and sorrows of life together, about getting back into harmony with ourselves, one another and our world.