1. How/When did you discover your love for drumming?
I discovered drumming while I was traveling through Mexico. I was at this place called Tepoztlan, which I highly, HIGHLY recommend. And I was visiting a friend of mine who has a sister in law that was getting ready to go to a drum circle gathering. I had not even heard of such a thing back then, but I thought her drum was kind of cool looking, had lots of character and I asked her all kinds of questions about it, like where she got it, and what did all the adornments on it meant. She told me the story of her drum, and I was sooo into it from that point on. She let me play it (even though I had no idea how to) and I loved it. I think her welcoming attitude is what made me feel so comfortable in trying it out too.
2. Take us through what this movement feels like in your body and how it affects your mind.
When I drum by myself, I focus on the sounds, and the different techniques I use to make the sounds. But when I drum with other people, it's all bout how the beats from my drum connect with the beats from other people's drums. And thereby I connect with those people, even if I haven't met them before. In either situation though, I feel like I'm away from my reality somewhat. My whole focus is on the sounds. And it's very freeing and relaxing.
3. Give us two examples of how this activity affects your thinking about life on a broader sense.
a) Drumming in a group setting, can produce a very non-judgmental environment, in which anyone can take part. It's an environment in which you can be by yourself, but also with others. I get to meet people from all sorts of life styles, people that are very interesting to me. This is something I cannot accomplish on a regular basis in every day life.
b) When I drum Its almost as if I'm re-booting my brain. It fills me with positive energy and it puts a smile on my face. And that's a state of mind I want to interact with people in, because I think positivity is contagious.
4. Why do you think it's so hard of so many of us to "surrender" to a practice that brings us joy/peace,and how could that change?
I think we are all part of a system that's full of expectations. A society that is too busy to stop and smell the roses. We are all worried about what we want to be when we grow up, and how we're going to get there. We all pursue happiness, but I think we spent too much time in the PURSUING, and but not enough time in BEING happy, nowatamin?
How do we change that? Hmm...let's just do what makes us happy! Simple right? ;)
I really think we're just too attached to the system, we have too many other things we're "supposed" to be doing. And this keeps us from doing the things we need to be doing, for our own good. Drumming is one of many ways to immerse yourself in the journey and forget about which direction you're going. It usually happens in such a welcoming environment, that it's easy to be part of it, even if just briefly. I recommend it as an outlet from the daily/weekly stress, and also as a way to refresh/renew yourself.