This weekend has been full of drumming, ritual, and ceremony … and other than the need for an ice pack after 4 full days of events .. it was the best best best long weekend.
Each of the many different types of events from rehearsing at an open mic that turned into a jam session, a performance at RAM, and this lovely morning at the Unitarian Church, showed me the magic of music and the universal language it provides for all of us to be ONE.
Each event SO different, yet each event SO similar….hearts were open and smiles were big…minds changed…and spirits soared. That is the Ceremony of Life. It is all around us … being planted and welcomed (SEEDS) .. being nurtured (BLESSINGS)…blooming (TRANSITIONS)…reseeding (REMEMBERING)! This is magic..this is the FLOWER OF LIFE.
Even though every event I do isn’t a specified ceremonial rite of passage or life transition, they all are ways of spreading love and witnessing each others life moments. So, as a LifeCycle Celebrant and Drum Circle Facilitator…Sure, I officiate ceremonies AND bring life and passion to each and every moment you wish to place emphasis on and around. Continue reading my blog posts as you see the many ways to gather and mark you life events.
Today, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington/Jacksonville, Florida invited me as the opening presenter of their Sunday service. The speaker, Dr. Erika Curran, shared her passion and service relating to immigration and the importance of recognizing how each culture expands our own culture – ‘where would we be without immigrants?’ It was a wonderful to show the connection of the different drums, percussion, ritual songs and chants, that are from other countries and cultures.
We began with a rocking jam to a Reviving Rhythm Backtrack from a CD by Christine Stevens of Upbeat Drum Circles … once they were warmed up and ready to groove – we played with beats, volumes, showcasing instruments, and more. A little call and response and they were playing Funga Alafia like pros. Allowing me to sing the Welcome Song too.. as they played.. was a high point for me. Moving into a couple rounds of Baye, a song of Celebration; a drum roll and Boom. Our opening was complete…We were jazzed and awake for the day.
Silent meditation, the speaker and service …and then an awesome unified Heart Beat rhythm as the offertory was collected. So enjoyed the energy of the welcoming Unitarian community.