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my first drum circle experience (photos & videos)


Last Saturday I had quite possibly the most amazing night of my life -- top five for sure. I experienced my first drum circle! I've never felt anything like it -- from the very beginning I was thrilled and it just kept getting better and better the whole time! There was such a sense of unity and openness. We were creating something together without anyone leading -- that is the essence of my faith. Being there was a transformative and deeply spiritual experience for me. I've never felt so alive and in love with life! I wanted to hug everyone, and I felt like I was hugging everyone. I CANNOT wait to have my own drum -- or even to bring a pot to bang my feet on!

I brought Ialu and I'm glad I did, but next time I intend to leave zir at home -- it's too dark to get any really good photos and my worries about zir (damage from the heat or vibrations, theft) kept me from fully entering in. Even so, it was SO INCREDIBLE. I thumped my feet on the ground and my hands on my legs, danced with hands and shoulders and waist (while sitting because I didn't want to leave my camera or jounce zir around). Oh... it was so amazing!

replete with rhythm
concerns thumped into the earth
glowing; connected






Bel & Ash before heading to Atlanta ;-)

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We met up with Kat K (whom I didn't get any photos of, boo -- next time I will!) at the Method coffeehouse and I had pretty coffee! The barista there was so cute and funny and a little flirty! and even better, didn't make some sleazy comment when I handed zir our dishes and said, "let me give you some more dirty stuff" but just kinda grinned to zirself (which is how I would respond).

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it was my first coffee with a design in it (how have I lived this long without ever drinking coffee art?)!

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there were SO MANY INSTRUMENTS. I had thought there would be more spectators but I think it was like 80% participants (drumming or dancing)

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This was pretty early, where there were just one or two dancers -- later, there were upwards of a dozen! (but I was too busy watching and thumping and moving to take photos) There was one in particular who inspired me SO MUCH with the way ze moved -- ze was so perfectly a part of the rhythm, and danced for the sake of dancing, in such a pure way. (I later found out that ze was a bellydancing teacher) Most of the other dancers also danced for its own sake but were at least a little self-conscious (and a few were just plain dancing for an audience, which I don't find inspiring) -- it's so rare to find someone who enters in so completely that nothing exists except the dance.

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the fire shot up a heart! (I love the huge smile on one of the sitters -- I think that may be Sage, an awesome person with very long hair whom we met thanks to Ash's complimentary impulses, hee hee.)

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I love the weird colors in this...

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this is not for watching, but for listening... it captures how the music would be chaotic and then settle into a unified rhythm, amazing...

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this firespinner reminded me of my sib-in-law Natty

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this firespinner was AMAZING. It's a little hard to see but ze danced -- not just using zir arms but moving zir whole body in this beautiful fluid motion... I was enchanted.

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Comments
mermaiden ══╣Me: Dryad - dance╠══
Drumming and drum circles have been an inherent part of my group and solitary practicies for almost a decade now...the rhythm, the deep, cosmic pulse and heartbeat of the earth...it's pure magic in its deepest form, I think~ :) I totally resonated with these images and with your joy~ <333

(I actually wanted to tell you...on the way home from bellydance class last night, I was listening to one of my favorite CDs...my last drum circle leader burned it for me of a HUGE drum circle he lead once for World Peace Day...or a day something like that. ;D Would you like a burned copy of my burned copy? It's intensely beautiful, and I think you'd resonate with it~ <3)
equalupstairs ══╣Clem/Ecstatic╠══
Looks like a blast to me, dear :]
I'm so glad that you had a great time!
frecklestars ══╣California╠══
This looks like it was such a moving experience! There were drum circles every full moon back in Santa Cruz, but from what I've heard it was just a giant drunken/stoned party. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I was way more interested in the drumming and the dancing and the fire. *sigh*
willow_cabin ══╣* Ascend╠══
Love the fire heart! I'm so glad that you had such an amazing time. :D
aerialmelodies ══╣Uplifting╠══
I still can't believe this place is stuck in the middle of houses, busy streets, and city life. @_@ I'm so sorry I had to miss it this time, but next time I'm going to try my best to attend - it looks amazing. <3
wolfmare ══╣╠══
I didn't know there were any get-togethers like that down here. I've been to drum circles, but by the looks of it quite a bit smaller. Hmm, would you mind if I tagged along to another if you go? Be a bit of a drive from here no doubt, but well worth it.

And yes, the energies at those are always so incredible, I'm sure you can see why I'd miss it! :)
aetheric ══╣╠══
Wow, this whole thing is just remarkable!!
austentatious ══╣╠══
I have a friend who organizes drum circles here in town. We're a college town, so there are actually quite a lot of circles to choose from. I've never been to one but it looks like a lot of fun! I'm glad that it was an entertaining and spiritual experience for you.
saturnsdaughter ══╣paraibaocean - BoA╠══
I'd like to experience one of these circles myself someday. It sounds like they're really exciting and inspirational.
acid_burns ══╣╠══

Simply quite stunning.
hyrkanian ══╣stonehenge solstice╠══
I've only been to one drum circle, and would love to go to more. The one was out in the country in a pasture and no artificial light, just a fire. It was an awesome experience. Sadly the person that organized it stopped after that one due to her mom's failing health. When we buy acreage and settle in our homestead, one requirement is space to host drum circles.
tindomerel ══╣╠══
Looks amazing! I love drumming circles and sharing such wonderful experiences with a aspiritual community. :)
bellerisa ══╣╠══
That coffee looks so gorgeous...

I'd never heard of a drum circle before so thank you for sharing in so much visual and audible detail!
yourcowboymouth ══╣╠══
i love this entire post!

i want to experience coffee art (i see leaves and hearts!)
darkpool ══╣╠══
Drum circles are really awesome, I've only been once but would love to go again.
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