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Would You Like A Free Drumming Meditation Script?

drum04Last Thursday, I facilitated a drum circle for a group of women who get together every month and donate $25 to the speaker’s favorite charity. We met at a park in Cardiff, CA, with an amazing ocean view. The air was clear and clean.

The ladies call themselves “Joyful Hearts,” and that they were! Seeing all these ladies catching up with each other, and sharing their family stories together reminded me how grateful I am for my own girlfriends.

They brought chairs, and we all sat around in a circle. I asked them to to remove their rings to protect the drum heads. I taught them the names of the drums and where they come from. Then I led them through this meditation before drumming:

Meditation Before Drumming

Take a deep breath in, and find a comfortable place in your chair. I invite you to close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath.

The breath, the air, the wind is here to fully support you in your creative endeavors today. The breath gives us life, and life gives us creativity. The air holds no judgment. Take a moment to acknowledge the air around us, and the breath we take in. [pause]

I invite you to draw your attention to the ground beneath you. The ground that offers every step as sacred one. The ground that supports you as you rest in your chair. Know that the earth is here to give you full support in your creative endeavors today. [pause]

You’re invited to focus on the sounds that surround you. The sounds of nature, wind, motorcycles, animals, the trees. All these sounds are here to play with you today. They are asking for a witness, an amplifier, a sounding board, and a playmate. Take a moment to send an energetic High Five to the sounds around you, in thanks. [pause]

Bring your attention to the drum in your hands. Feel the texture, the shape, the temperature, the contours of the drum. The drum that serves you today, as a creative channel. A simple vessel through which you communicate your own inner creative child. The drum holds no judgment. The drum is here to serve your highest self in communion with your friends. Take a moment to acknowledge the drum. [pause]

When you are ready, I invite you to open your eyes. Become aware of your friends in the circle. These friends hold no judgment. Friends are here to fully support you in your drumming today. Acknowledge your friends around the circle with a smile, a wink, and kind, loving eyes.


We had a blast =) They all donated $25 to the Cancer Coping Center.

I hope that you can copy, paste and adapt the script for your own needs in your own practice.

Meanwhile, here’s some more insight that I received this past week: When I feel disappointed in someone, when I’m revolted by someone, when someone says something that completely goes against my own personal understanding of loving kindness, when someone participates in self-destructive behavior….

I find that my first step to feeling resolve and peace is with this thought:

Given all that this person knows, all that this person has experienced in life, all that this person is equipped with, and all the tools that he’s been given,

maybe this really IS the best he/she can do.

Then I move on to examining my own response and feelings to see how I can change in the world.

Peace and blessings =) Thanks for reading. Cheers to you for a rockin’ week ahead. ~Kat

32 Responses to Would You Like A Free Drumming Meditation Script?

  1. mick Kareolac July 30, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    KAT!
    Thank You so much!

    I am going to use this at my drum circle this coming week! I have been seeking something like this and until now, didn’t even know I was!
    HA.

    We play in a really special space in a local park. Our niche we call The Grotto, and its a little setting with rock walls and a bench underneath massive trees, removed from the hustle and bustle. A truly serene space to drum. This meditation is PERFECT for the group. We are called Three Rivers Thunder, by the way! —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_OCStNVVwI

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      Super cool, Mick! I’m glad you can use it with your group! Let us know how it goes =)

  2. Meghan Callaghan July 30, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    This is a great resource Kat. I have a few groups in mind that I would adapt this for. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Awesome – Glad you are finding it useful =)

  3. Anne July 30, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Love it! Thanks for sharing ~

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      Hey Anne – You’re welcome. Thank you for reading and checking it, Beauty!

  4. Laurie Schwartz July 30, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Hello There,

    I do love what you did share today. I have been a drummer since I am 20 years old. I have also been a body-centered somatic creative arts therapist for the past 35 years. I have played Jembe and been in three bands over the years. I also lived in Africa for 3 years and so I have begun to teach drumming and rhythm to several of my clients in therapy.
    They do center and begin to feel grounded and embodied, empowered and in pleasure.
    I love rhythm.
    I also do feel that at times people judge me and really do not see who I am and that I am.. a kind, grounded, loving, presence. When in need I react and so.. to be reminded that I am fine and what any one does around me it more about them and I can return to the grace of love and the earth and accept this moment will pass by.
    Thanks for your post today.
    Warmly,
    Laurie

    • Gale July 30, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      KAT~ I am so glad I’ve connected with you and your work. The meditation before drumming is a godsend … okay a KATsend… okay both! This will work well I am sure for a Women’s Drumming and Support group for women caregivers (their girlfriends, mothers and other supporters) of children with disabilities. We begin in a few weeks and I can feel the meditation working already…ooops that’s me! 😉 -Gale

      • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

        Gale! You’re adorable! ha ha – a Katsend. Love it! I’m soooo happy that you’re able to put this to good use with your people. Blessings to you =)

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Hi Laurie – Thank you for your insights and thoughts here. I can feel your loving presence in your comment. I hope your week passes lots of wonders and beauty your way =)

  5. Chris Brooks July 30, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Hello Kat – thank you for the beautiful meditation. I will try this in a few weeks when I drum with the Sisters Of Charity of Saint Augustine. I am sure they will love it.

    In regards to your other feelings on people who sometimes disappoint you, I am the area leader for a self help stress, anger and mental group. What you expressed is very much in line with what we say. If you are interested in exploring this please email me and I will be more than happy to discuss it with you.

    Peace to all living things – Chris

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Hey Chris! Just sent you an email. Thanks for reaching out and sharing your expertise. I think your knowledge could help many people out there!

  6. Otha Day July 30, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Kavgt,

    Once again (and continually!) you’ve given something that is so wonderful! Thank you for this script – I will adapt and use it very soon…..I love it all – especially the 2nd paragraph.

    I ask each of my groups (from the youngest to the more mature….from the schools to the business groups) to look around and acknowledge each other with a smile and as we sing FANGA (which I do at most of my circles) I have them have their open palms up and shaking them around the room to each other welcoming each to share their spirit and their joy with all of us…..I’ll now add your line of “a wink and kind, loving eyes”…

    Also love the idea of a regular gathering and using that as a point from which to make donations to a particular charity.

    AND your insight at the end is beautiful…..

    Be Well!

    Otha

    • Otha Day July 30, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      Hey Kat! (sorry who is Kavgt anyway…………LOL – typos)

    • Otha Day July 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      Hi Kat!

      I shared your personal insight and comments on the FaceBook page of a friend who is having a rough path. She found them very soothing…………..Hope it’s ok that I did that w/o asking first….she needed some help quickly. So here I am asking forgiveness rather than permission……. Sorry.

      THANKS,

      Otha

      • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

        Otha! You’re cracking me up. I LOVE that you are sharing this around. Share it, everybody! No need to reference the website (unless you’re copying/pasting like the *whole* thing). My point is, I really have no agenda. Just want to make connections and share my personal insights.

        It’s therapeutic for me. And I LOVE the way you work with people that I can see in your writings. One day we will meet in person, and it will be beautiful!

        Take care and have a wonderful week~

  7. Tamara Cameron July 30, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Thankyou so much for sharing this, I will most deffinately use this at my next drumming circle. Also what a lovely insight, I am finding it easier and easier as time goes by to have this attitude, and try not to judge others in ways I would not want to be judged!

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

      Ah sing it sister! Yes I am on the path of learning how to be uber understanding and compassionate . . . especially when delicate situations are going on . . .

      Glad to hear your find it easier as time goes by. Definitely gives me hope =)

  8. Angela July 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Thank you Kat,

    I appreciate having a “script” that hits on all areas. I will use it to center myself before working with others and will do some variation of it publicly. It is generous of you to explicitly offer it up for all of us to use/adapt. Keeps us in the community versus compettive Spirit…as you always do. I work half the year in arts related to sports so compettive is on the forefront of my mind today…maybe because the olympics are on too!

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Ah! Olympics and sports – I love playing sports myself, so I’ve got a competitive edge, too. But yes, sharing things out there for free always helps me cut the edge a bit. I’m glad you can get good use out of it, Angela!

  9. Angie Kopshy July 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Kat,
    This is so great. The script and your insight at the end.
    Thank you so much!

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey Angie! Thanks woman! Our visit in Portland has helped me make some forward moves in life . . .

  10. Jeff July 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Hey Kat, this is just what I needed today to help prepare for hosting our first retreat based on health, wellness and rhythmic healing. I really appreciate your inspiration. If you have a moment to take a look at our website, please let me know what you think. http://www.ourworldfestival.com

    After all, your Online Zen course helped me learn to create it!!!

    Thanks for helping make our world a better place to Live, Work & Play!
    Jeff Holland

    • Kat Fulton July 31, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      Jeff I’m SO proud of the work you’ve done on your website! Congratulations!! And yippee!! It’s so great that you can use this meditation for your retreat. I’m excited to help you out from afar =) Thanks for checking it out and partaking in the goods!

  11. Sam Brodsgaard July 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    another great resource. thanks kat!

    • Kat Fulton July 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      Right on Sam! Thanks always for your support and checking in!

  12. Mike July 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Thanks for the script. It will work great for the Musical Mindfulness group that I am doing on Thursday. Thanks for the resource Kat!

    • Kat Fulton July 31, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Wow! I’m glad you can use it so soon, Mike!

  13. T. Jackson July 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Kat.

  14. Victoria August 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Going to try it out tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

    BTW – You are my blogger inspiration! Love what you are making happen. Go girl!

    Victoria

    • Kat Fulton August 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      Hi Victoria! Super cool – I’m so happy you can put it to use right away. And hey, your blog ain’t too shabby either! Keep it up – I’m picking up what you’re throwing down! =)

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