12 Drummers Drumming...
For this final piece in my 12 days of Christmas. I’m thinking about rhythm and how it impacts our lives and health and can be a force for good at many levels of our consciousness as humans. Some of these, you may not have considered. I hadn't a
great deal and yet I know I am naturally drawn to this very natural phenomenon of rhythm in a variety of different ways and I find each one necessary and comforting.
At the centre of our own our being is the drum that beats all the time and is part of our daily rhythm, just there doing its thing. From the beginning of life in the womb, we have always had that rhythm.
I remember being first aware of my heart beating as a very small child and found it a strange concept, scary even. But one things for sure, we need to rely on it every moment of every day. Rhythm is something we feel and bring in to dance and music and even walking, marching and language. The power of rhythm is quite remarkable as it can help soldiers march better and stronger even when exhausted and it can get
a baby to sleep.
Rhythm is also part of language and speech. Poetry is a wonderful example of rhythm in the written word and it’s something that has the power to bring us together as humans in a way that general everyday language and speech cannot. Reading poetry much like listening to a beautiful piece of music can soothe the soul and heal the sad and burdened. In our overly technological age of memes and quips lacking depth and sincerity, finding our way back to rhythm in beautiful and and carefully crafted language can be as good as a massage. Another wonderful thing about poetry is that in our fast paced modern lives, its slow and gentle paced rhythm simply slows us down with it, taking us on a journey into a deeper sense of
self and ultimately bringing a sense of peace.
Whether we literally take up drumming, play another musical instrument, join a choir, walk, dance like no one is watching, read some poetry or listen to a waterfall, connecting with that natural rhythmic force can calm and heal in a profound way.
Choose your rhthym. Find your beat. Feed your soul.
“Rhythm is our universal mother tongue. It’s the language of the soul.” - Gabriella Roth
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