Playing within the context of a drum circle is truly an example of the concept of teamwork at its highest level. As the rhythms come together and grow, we quickly realize the need for trust and dependence amongst our fellow drummers. So many of the lessons we learn in the drum circle can be directly applied in our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our lives.
We learn to relax.
We learn to let go.
We learn to lead when necessary, and follow as needed.
We learn to focus intensely at times, and to just feel our way along at others.
And we learn how--without balance and harmony--the slightest hint of discord can send the whole thing spiraling out of control.
These are important lessons. The beauty is that, when learned in the proper environment, the actual learning process becomes invisible. The transition between these elements is seamless and transparent, and the concepts become as natural as breathing. Not the individual rhythms, of course--many of those take years to truly master--but rather our awareness of ourselves and our role in the bigger picture (in the circle and in life).
"Jennifer thank you for giving me a purpose in my life. Having Lupus has been a drag., but drumming is medicine to my soul. Every beat is a smile from my heart. Days can be so painful, but drumming gives me an energy that gives me life. I am so grateful for such an awesome teacher ! You have no Idea how much happier I am. I love your CD. Keep the drumming spirit alive. Thank you drumming diva!"
-~ Val L.