Monday, October 5, 2009

Birthing My Drum


Whenever I visit the supermarket, I not only leave with a cart full of groceries, but also often a handful of free publications that I find in the racks near the door.

You'd be surprised at the various topics of interest. Recently I picked up one of the more "new agey" publications. It was one of those magazines with Vibrational Healers, Colonic Centers and Psychic Mediums advertised on the back pages.

Included in the magazine was an entire article devoted to creating your own drum. Apparently this is very healing and many also attend what are called drum circles. These include a naming ceremony, where according to the article, it is akin to "birthing a drum" and many people cry during the naming. When they leave they have "a real spiritual bond with their drum."

However, participants are not able to play the drums right away. It must dry for several days. One of the leaders said that "You learn even more from your drum as you watch it change and purposefully manifest itself into your physical world."

Is anyone seriously buying all this? or am I being a narrow minded cynic? Do I need to make my own drum? Would an epidural be required? Maybe my psychological and spiritual well-being could use a boost.

Have any of you ever attended a Drum Circle? Hmmmm....maybe this should be my next endeavor....

photo credit whiteafrican

23 comments:

f8hasit said...

This summer there wa a drum circle that would congregate down by the beach...
I never really went over to check it out, but the sounds would lull me to sleep on my beach chair which caused me a days discomfort from sunburn!
:-)

(it actually sounded pretty cool...but yeah, after birthing a daughter, I don't wish to birth a drum.)

Tammy Howard said...

I've never attended one, but it actually does sound pretty cool to me. But I do have a rather thick boho hippie streak...

Joy said...

Little too new agey for me. And I don't know if you'd need an epidural for it, but I bet you any money that you'd need an episiotomy.

Kathie @ my net finds said...

what the heck? I've never heard of this kind of thing in my whole life...wow, I feel so naive.

Yankee Girl said...

Hmmm. I'm not buying it. Wouldn't a little meditation do the same thing? Or hanging out with a group of good girlfriends? Do we really need to birth a drum?

Tater Tot Mom said...

I would play, bang or tap the drum, but absolutely not going to "birth" a drum. It's a little to out there for me, getting that in touch with a drum, watching it change and evolve. Not for me!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

One of my good friends use to play in a drum circle. I don't think she "birthed" a drum though.

Randi Troxell said...

i wasn't even sure you were REALLY talking about drums, drums... till like the 3rd paragraph from the bottom.. then i saw you were, and then i too thought it was a bit strange..lol!

Aunt Juicebox said...

My daughter is learning to play the Scottish tenor drum, and she's never mentioned feeling like she's given birth to one. rofl

Lucy said...

Oh, I bet I can find that in Sedona. Doubt I would participate BUT I would definitely want to see it!

Laura said...

Okay so I was just lost from the start, I guess I don't really get it. BUT - "Would an epidural be required? " Now THAT just about killed me! Love it, you are way too funny!

blueviolet said...

I can't even believe you read that far into the article/ad. ;)

Kristin said...

I heard about a certain granolish celeb who used a drum circle to replace his girlfriend's epi during labor. I'll take the drugs, thank you very much. Ah ha

f8hasit said...

Hey Carma...I just tagged you for an award! When you get a chance, put down your drum and mosie on over.
:-)

Aleta said...

I've never heard of this. I'd say - go for it - see what happens. Maybe you'll even shed a tear or .. two? Maybe? I couldn't do it though, I might laugh.. I often show the most inappropriate response when looking at something new.

JennyMac said...

I have never seen this done but have read bits and pieces...

please post if you participate! It would be interesting and educational for all of us.

Dr.John said...

Well it does sound like a moving experience.
You even get to watch it become.
Play on.

Shawn said...

Haven't you ever seen that great movie---from last year, about a man whose whole life changed when he started finding his "own rhythm".
He started playing in those jam sessions with other drummers----so cool!

Vodka Logic said...

Back to tell you about the award for you on my blog

Housewife Savant said...

There's not enough epidural on the planet to make me consider such No Age silliness.
But I DID cry while reading the post, and my new name is PuhLeese.

Amanda said...

I bet that would be an interesting phone call to mom.

"I'm teaching the drum technique today mom."

"No, mom, there are no pregnant women in my class."

"Well, its a New Age thought realization about birthing life and the cyclical...."

"No, mom, I am not dating anyone..."

"Mom I am showing people how to get in touch with their inner...

"No mom, I dont teach people how to touch themselves. Calm down mom... mom... I do not get paid for sex. Mom, mom please, please calm down..."

Yaya said...

There must be some symbolism to it that I don't see.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

I love the power of drums, and getting together over drumming feels very primal to me... (Grizz is a drummer) - Not so sure about birthing drums, 'though!

I did find you via darling MA, Carma, and I'm ever glad that she brought us together... x

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