There are a myriad of things that can throw us into a season of grief – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a frightening medical diagnosis, a wounded relationship, relocation to a new community, the loss of a pet, and transitions of all shapes and sizes. For about a year now, Inner Ground has created space for folks to tend the grief they are carrying. Through our Healing Rhythms program, we tap into the ancient practice of drumming to express our grief and heal our wounds.
Medical research has shown that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system, and helps to release emotional trauma. A powerful thing about a drum circle is that no musical experience or training is necessary. Seriously. It’s about connecting to the inner rhythm that is already pulsing through us. We are musical beings – just pause for a moment and be mindful of the beating of your heart. It is a natural rhythm that is pulsing within us. Drumming provides a way for us to tap into that rhythm and let it flow from us.
Once a quarter we gather for Healing Rhythms. We come together in a spirit of hospitality, creating a safe and sacred space. The make up of folks in the circle changes each time and that is part of the beauty of this gathering. Even though we don’t share our personal stories of grief, there is still a sense of deep connection that comes from our mutual experience of loss.
After a recent gathering for Healing Rhythms, one participant reflected that “it was awkward. Walking into a room and sitting down in a drumming circle to ponder my life with some strangers was awkward. It was almost as awkward as suddenly leaving a job I loved for 17 years and walking out into an unknown future. Almost. Maybe that’s why Healing Rhythms became the perfect space for me to explore my grief and my feelings surrounding this change in my life. Awkward? Maybe. Healing? Absolutely.” Another participant wrote that “drumming allowed me to tap into deep feelings – at the time I had a lot of anger, hurt and sadness due to my brother’s suicide death. Drumming allowed me to release those feelings. I left the drumming circle feeling lighter, more spiritually connected and more at peace.”
If you are grieving, we invite you to join us for Healing Rhythms. The next gathering is Sunday, February 11 at 3:00. We meet in Forest Chapel at College Park Church (1601 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, NC). We provide a variety of drums or you may bring your own. There is no charge, though donations are appreciated and used to purchase additional drums. We look forward to welcoming you into the circle.