Saturday, August 11, 2012
This week I went to a Native American flute circle. I took my hand made drum, made by my Paiute/Shoshone friend Bert Pete in Nevada. I was met by a lovely woman with long white hair and the friendliest, kindest manner I have come across in a long while. The short story is I had so much fun playing my drum and listening to flute music, and eventually trying to play a loaner flute the woman Alice, showed me how to use. Iris and Zuzu, my scottie girls, have been sitting with heads cocked as I undertake this new version of me. My friends have kidded me that I will be on the road in a tour bus with the group in no time. As I said.....FUN!!!!
I have long been taken with rattles and other instruments of percussion. I have a collection of ones that have come to me or that I have made. They have been sitting in a handmade basket for years, moving with me from house to house, with the basket getting fuller as the years pass. This morning I was thinking about those pieces of ourselves that seem to hang around at the edges of our lives. Maybe our lack of attention is time related, or we simply forget that we enjoy such things, or perhaps we do not give ourselves permission to try, to venture out, to begin something new, to be "not very good at" something.
I think this interlude served to remind me that our hearts/souls/spirits/Psyche KNOWS what it needs, and often waits patiently until we turn around and look. So just for today, look around and see if there is something that invites your pleasure. Maybe it is musical or a club or a sport. Just for today pick it up. Sing, dance, drum. It will be present that you give to your Soul. I promise it will make you laugh in joy.
Cues: PLAY, SURPRISE YOURSELF WITH SOMETHING NEW, OR SOMETHING THAT SITS ON YOUR PERSONAL SHELF, WAITING TO BE PICKED UP.