The secret ingredient to successful drum circles
What does professional cycling and drum circles have in common? Teamwork! It takes the entire team to get their General Classification (GC) rider (team leader) to the podium. Without his/her fellow domestique riders (the worker bees in the team) it’s impossible to be a successful cycling team. I’m a huge fan of Le Tour de France, I enjoy the craziness and the limits that cyclists put themselves through.
However, I wasn’t always a fan, actually I couldn’t ride a bike to save my life. I had a nasty experience when I was about 5 years of age and was terrified of riding a bike. All that changed when I met my husband. I fell in love with him and also cycling. He was the one who taught me how to ride a bike (at the age of 33). Its never too late to face your fears.
In summer I ride my mountain bike in the bush any time I have free. It's my time to get some cardio and being in nature. I post some of my mountain bike adventures on my Instagram page.
Teamwork not competition for drum circle success
Teamwork is pretty much the only thing they have in common. Cycling is fiercely competitive where drumming circles are not. There is this wonderful superpower when playing in a drum circle, especially when it’s facilitated by an experienced drum circle facilitator. What makes it so inclusive and rewarding is that there is no competition. When we lead from the space within of connection, cooperation and collaboration with others, there is no room for competition. Just like it’s impossible to get angry when in meditation.
I love the drum circle, the, in the moment music-making with others. It’s so much more than drumming or banging on a drum. It has a superpower of its own and it all comes from the people within the circle. The process of a successful circle requires trust, sharing your essence with others, connecting, collaboration, support and teamwork. Sounds like the ingredients of a strong community, right? That’s why drumming is being used for community wellbeing programs and team-building workshops in organisations around the world.
The next time you’re playing in the drum circle, look up and see others across from you and ask yourself, how can I rhythmically support this person?
Keep sharing your rhythmical bliss.
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