Healing Power of Rhythm
Let your head quietly slip back in a soothing bath, until
your ears are underwater. Quiet your thoughts and listen.
What do you hear? The rhythmic beating of your heart (pumping
blood through your inner ear). This is just one clue.
is no more obvious evidence of connection between
our heart and energy outside the body than our heart's
response to musical rhythms.....Our heart is the metronome
of our body's biorhythm, and health happens when we
are in rhythm within ourselves, synchronized with
other living systems and moving to our preset beat
rather than trying to respond to the driving beat
of the stressful outside world....Healing, then, becomes
the ability of our heart to improvise and develop
its own new rhythms to the chaotic rhythms that continually
emerge in our daily life."
Pearsall, Ph.D., The
Heart's Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our
Heart Energy, p. 222
drum is a heartbeat of creation, and represents our connection
with the mother, the source...and with our own mother, the
echo chamber of the womb. With mother earth, and the beat
of the sea. The pounding surf, the crack of lightning, the
wingbeats of migrating birds. The turning of the seasons,
the sound of our own breath. The moving feet and pumping
arms of a runner; the rhythmic stride of a long-distance
walker. The movements of lovers, and people working the
fields. All the sounds of all the movements we do to keep
alive and to express our joy, and even our pain; the insistent
clockwork of stress, the innocent soft lapping of a kitten's
drum heals our connection with each other when we play it
together. It brings to our attention what works between
us and what doesn't. It shows us exactly where and how we
harmonize and where we don't. It makes us attune to the
invisible world of the energy between us: this becomes more
important than what we think we see, what we wish for or
regret. What's real is happening right now, in the moving
moment. And when it's gone, we have only to look for the
next to get back on; this time we ride.
Read more in my latest African drumming blog...