Take your team to a local school or college and ask the music teacher to lead your team in drum circle. Have fun and build teamwork at the same time. Music can build self-confidence. Read this article by Drum circle expert, Doug Sole.
How many times over the last year have you looked at or read a warning label? The media reports mass recalls of products because the side effects were not thoroughly researched. We have also seen over the years that the process of manufacturing a product was tampered with to damage the product's reputation. Sometimes they are not even stated on the product itself. Did you know that there are over 92 symptoms and side effects associated with the consumption of aspartame?!
Mass appeal in advertising a product or a story's "Newsworthiness" seems to, more often than not, reflect the bad news, the sad news or the negative. It seems to me that this happens because people listen more intently as it hits our emotional buttons quicker. In the pharmaceutical industry drug manufacturers are required to list all known side effects of their products. When side effects of necessary medication are severe, sometimes a second medication or lifestyle change, dietary change, or other measures may help to minimize them.
We all need to stay informed, but we also need to make wiser choices about the consumables that we put into our bodies and our minds. In doing so, hopefully we will also stimulate others as to the proper use and benefits of some of our new products and progressive "new age therapies". Many of these therapies seem to lack credibility and seem to only have limited anecdotal evidence to support them.
I have often stuck out my own neck in supporting the use of drum circles as one of those therapies. They are not a new technique but boast many beneficial results or " side effects". Drum circles have had a sustained presence throughout history. They have had valuable applications within societies all over the globe for hundreds of years, and they are not going to disappear anytime soon.
Over the past 16 years, I have presented drum circle events for a wide variety of applications ranging from teacher training in schools to training counselors and therapists in hospitals as well as team building programs at Professional Leadership Conferences. These drum circles have been described as "Medi-Rhythmical Therapy" and "Values-Centered Leadership" events. These experiences have equipped me with many great tools for integrating drum circles into our community.
Although the benefits of participating in a drum circle are well documented, an interesting challenge that often rears its head is the need to convince the client , the "stakeholders" or the media for that matter to actually offer this service to their team or community. It seems to be difficult in persuading them that there are definite favorable "side effects" for the group participating in the drum circle. The ones who are most openly thankful and comment positively about their personal "side effects" are actual users of the product, the participants, the staff, the children in the classroom. These are beneficial side affects and are all very different for each individual!
Here I share with you 10 positive human "Side Effects" of the professionally facilitated drum circle that I have experienced and integrated into my clients' lives over the past 15 years. I hope they inspire you to go out and find yourself a drum circle to attend so you, too, can benefit from.......well read on........
#1 - PERSONAL RELAXATION AND MEDITATION
Drumming in any form, whether it is solo or in a group, has been used for years for personal relaxation and meditation. Shamanic spiritual journeying has been in practice for hundreds of years. Therapists use drumming to relax the minds of patients as well as a tool for treating the sick and elderly for palliative care. Our minds are transported back to the original state of comfort that we all experienced in utero, in the comfort of our mother's womb, surrounded in the rhythm of her body and heart.
#2 - MIND GROWTH THROUGH EDUCATION
When drumming is used in the classroom, it can assist us in teaching many art forms, from movement, drama and dance to all the elements of music. Curriculum requirements are always expanding, and teachers are constantly looking for ways to apply new knowledge. Universal Design Theories have an easy vehicle of delivery when used with the Drum Circle.
#3 - UNDERSTANDING OF OTHERS THROUGH METAPHORS
We all use metaphors to create ways to gain a new perspective when describing an event or a concept. The drum circle is a great place to experiment with many different metaphors, including visual, aural, tactile and physical. The current curriculum expectations in our education system ask for new ways to teach values and character enhancing principles. The drum circle naturally allows for these creative interpretations to come to life as participants enjoy exciting and innovative ways to learn!
#4 - SELF-CONFIDENCE
Participating in a well-facilitated drum circle gives the players a real sense of personal accomplishment. They feel like their voice is being heard. The challenge of trying something new in front of others, and truly succeeding in it, gives us all a tremendous boost of energy and confidence. It opens up our hearts to the needs and actions of others. Creating self worth in our youth is one of the biggest challenges in today's busy world. Drum circles offer room for us all to grow.
#5 - RELATIONSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING
All teams benefit from setting and then working towards a goal. Feeling the power of group energy by using the element of Rhythm is an uplifting experience. The natural law of entrainment allows humans to fall into "Rhythm" quickly, but reaching their group's potential when drumming can also be transformational. The drum circle allows for all levels of participants to come together in unity. The common pulse and its byproduct of "oneness" is something that allows us to appreciate the power of the group and its commitment to a goal.
#6 - IMPROVED HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Drumming has three direct health connections. It is good for the mind, body and the spirit. Our planet sustains itself with the principals of rhythm. Life evolves in rhythm, and learning how to "stay in rhythm" with others is one of the most important lessons we can teach each other. Doctors in all three of theses fields are already seeing the benefits and documenting the results of prescribing "Medi-Rhythmical Therapies" to help their patients. Pick up a drum today. It's good for you!
#7 - ELEVATED HEART RATE (CELEBRATIONS)
The source of Rhythmic Energy is deep in our Soul. Celebrations during one's life journeys are almost always accompanied by music making. Drumming and rhythm making have always elevated the spirit of society. As we celebrate through life, from birth to eulogy, human rhythmic energy has always transformed us as well as our planet. This was the goal that is depicted in historical images and photos in Mickey Hart's and David Lieberman's tremendous book "Planet Drum".
#8 - PEACE IN COMMUNITY
Drums circles naturally bring people together into community. Drum circles are one of the easiest ways to celebrate each other. The Merriam-Webster's dictionary uses the active terms "interacting" and "unified" to describe the individuals in a population. These are perfect descriptions of the exact energy that is alive inside the drum circle.
#9 - ETHNO-CULTURAL INTEGRATION
Every culture throughout the history of humankind has a relationship with rhythm. The instruments and their origins allow us to see the diversity in all cultures. Having these two themes come together through the music created inside the drum circle gives us an enhanced awareness and appreciation of our differences. I cannot think of a better place to demonstrate how different cultures learn to flourish together.
#10 - ENJOYMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT
Everyone loves to be entertained, but it is a huge rush to be a part of the entertaining! The thought of empowering yourself while having fun at the same time never seems to go together. And yet we experience the enthusiasm of one another's spirit inside the drum circle. The basic act of just having fun takes us back to the energy we experienced in our youth. Give yourself permission to have fun, and your doctor will love you!
Recognized as one of North Americas Leading Corporate Drum Circle Facilitators and Trainers, DOUG SOLE is also a successful " Best Selling" Canadian author. He has facilitated drum circles nationally and internationally. Doug has designed courses for and trains teachers to help fulfill the new challenges in today's educational curriculum, including Multi-Cultural Integration as well as character and principle based educational programs. Doug's training programs are designed to inspire group synergy and positive conscious leadership behaviors.Doug has had much success in the professional speaking industry. His platform of Community Building and Values Integration is much sought after by many companies. Considered as a pioneer in establishing benefits for the corporate client, his program has proven to produce a highly exciting and effective team-building environment. Clients have recently included The Auditor General of Canada, The Canadian School of Public Service, Canadian Cancer Society, and Health Canada. Contact Doug at http://www.souldrums.com or firstname.lastname@example.orgArticle Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Doug_Sole
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