First of all... I engage in and facilitate that which I love the most, believe in the most, and that which resonates with me naturally.
With that said...
With that said...
"You Are the Poem Between the Alpha and the Omega" - 2016
Why Use Creativity And What Is It?
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, creativity is described as "a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him/her to receive and communicate sacred revelation." It also means "the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions." And lastly, my favorite definition, "the act of drawing in; specifically: the drawing of air into the lungs." (From the Latin inspirare, to breathe or to blow into).
That's exactly how I view creativity... Creativity is... breath … and breath is... life. Ergo, creativity is life.
Creativity then, has nothing to do with artistic talent, artistic execution or with a learned trait but rather is the foundation to... everything. I view creativity as a form of life force, something to be experienced, shared, passed on and honored. Einstein said "Creativity is contagious, pass it on." (That is why I focus on encouraging the creative process and experience, i.e. the flow of energy in my workshops as opposed to supporting the aesthetic rendition of an art piece).
"The Secret of an Orchid" - 2017 (photo)
Why Drumming And What Is It?
In addition to being used as entertainment in the western culture, drums also hold a special place in history. Drumming was often used as an accompaniment for healing and social ceremonies, rituals, worships, rites of passages, dance, self-exploration, self-expression, community building, etc...
When I was trained by renowned board certified Music Therapist, Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, on facilitating drum circles, I was particularly touched by a practice I learned. I since then begin every drum circles the same way: "All of us have a drum inside of us," Christine would say, "it's our heart. It beats the rhythm of our life. As long as you have a heart beat and can follow it's beat, you can drum." Thank you Christine! So, so true!!