Drumming Circle in Woodstock NY started on Sunday April 3 and continues every Sunday from 4-6 pm through late autumn.
While I was shopping at Kohl’s in Kingston I received a call from my friend telling me that my fellow drummers were setting up for the drumming circle on the Village Green. The positive energy of her excitement came through the phone and lit me on fire.
It was a beautiful sunny spring day that lifted our Catskill Mountain spirits after a very long, cold, snowy winter here. As I drove home from Kohl’s to shower, change, eat and grab my Egyptian drum I was very aware that the healing energy of the drumming circle was calling to me. With delight I drove from my home in Saugerties to answer the ancient call of my tribe.
Drum, Drum, Nice and Steady
You can bring your own drum or grab an extra drum available in the circle on the Village Green in the center of town. Whether you are experienced or not, express your heart beat by beating on the skins in community.
Drumming called to me and my intention was to use it as a vehicle to uplift and honor my spirit by using it as a meditation after a long, challenging winter. So off I went to the Woodstock NY CommUNITY Drum Circle with my Egyptian drum. I found my spot was at the end of the bench.
Bringing my focus within me I began. Drum, drum, nice and steady, letting go of my mind and breathing deeply. Then no mind as the hands drummed on their own, channeling the beat from deep within me.
The creative energy flowed freely as my hands kept the beat going, drum, drum, nice and steady. I felt my inner being uplifted. JOY!! The experience of no mind was blissful as I was being carried by the divine beating through my hands onto the drum.
Drumming is Done from the Inside Out
Drumming is done from the inside out like a meditation. In order to get to the flow of drumming, we have to first let go of the ego.
Close your eyes as you bring your focus within you. Take three cleansing breaths. Relax and continue to breathe. Feel the beat of your heart, thump, thump, thump. Let your heart be your guide as you beat each hand on the skins and feel that the drumming is done from the inside out.
Be aware of your thoughts. Consistently bring your focus back to the beat in the moment. Be in the process. It is not about the end result. Keep focusing on the beat. All you have is this moment and your breath. Then drumming is done from the inside out. As in meditation you are set free from your rational mind. Your thoughts are the obstacles to being in the flow.
Keep bringing your focus back to the heart beat of the drumming. Let go and let the divine express itself through you. That is the bliss, the flow and the healing effects of drumming that we experience when we are surrendered to God within and expressing the Goddess.
For more information: Woodstock NY CommUNITY Drum Circle
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