The drum is considered the Heartbeat of Mother Earth, by indigenous peoples around the globe. This is our opportunity for celebration and healing, in this time of great chaos and turmoil.
When working with the drum, as with most meditation techniques, there is a focus for the conscious mind. In my drum circles, this focus is listening, and with 100% of our conscious attention focused on listening, the conscious mind does not get to play the instruments.
Our bodies know our individual rhythms, and will express and fit them into the group rhythm, without conscious control. When we do this, that rhythm becomes a powerful force to carry us into that still place of expanded awareness and connection, which is the essence of meditation for me.
No experience required, and bring your own drums and rattles if you have them, additional instruments will be available if you do not.
Burl has been leading meditative drum circles for many years. He is a retired aerospace engineer, grew up in the Midwest, and has lived in SoCal for 45 years. He has been married for 30 years to his wonderful spouse Leslie.
You may be asking: “What is a Contemplative Sunday Service?”
On these Sundays all will be welcomed into a space of reflection and introspection. Our Sunday Service team will guide you through a time for communal sharing of events in our lives, silent and guided meditations, community singing, and the presentation of an embodied spiritual practice such as Yoga, drumming, writing, and others. Come comfortably dressed and be willing to move as you are able and be moved spiritually during this service.
Note: Children are invited to gather in the Ballou Room for childcare and religious exploration programs.