Want to know the best way to get centered and connected when you’re overwhelmed?
Try Belly Drumming! It opens your chest, draws your breath down to your core, and lowers your brain waves into a calm and peaceful state.
As you accumulate energy in your abdomen you will experience an enhanced sense of empowerment, peacefulness and well-being.
Use this technique to get centered before a presentation, entering negotiations or even walking away to re-calibrate in the heat of an argument.
I often use it to open my creativity during course design and to clear writers block.
Additionally, If you have poor digestion, you can use it to warm your intestines to release toxins and stagnation.
Follow up with “Intestine Exercise” to restore peristalsis.
How To Do Belly Drumming
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent.
- Lengthen and relax your spine.
- Relax your shoulders, neck and arms.
- Place your open hands or your fists on your lower abdomen and begin patting in a rhythmic motion. Increase the pressure of patting until it becomes a (reasonable) striking motion and repeat. As your abdomen becomes stronger, gradually increase the repetitions to 8 – 10 minutes. Practice daily or whenever your energy rises through the day..
Traditional Indigenous Wisdom
First Nations peoples honor and use the drum as an instrument to connect with “Mother Earth”. The wisdom of this practice is multi-dimensional and gradually finding its place in modern neural-science.
Traditional practices correlate the Drum with Earth as well as the lower abdomen as the domain of where the course energy of the earth is converted into ki-energy or life force. By beating on a drum, one’s heart opens and then the mind becomes clear and bright.
This is why with ecstatic trance we start with low driving beats or horns, gradually layering in warmer tones such as flutes, symbols bells and whistles, which open the heart and brighten the brain by sequentially activating the limbic and cerebral domains of the brain.
This process explains the 3 principles of energy, chakra development as well as neural science of how low-toned primitive driving beats resonate with the brain stem (unconscious domain of the brain), lower the brain waves, fortify the immune system and awaken the innate knowing that resides within. WOW RIGHT?
I can write volumes on this topic, although it’s better to simply try it yourself and see how you feel.
How do I know this? My Father was the worlds top Neurologist in his day. My Maternal Grandfather was a pharmacist in London back in the days of traditional compounding. My Mother was a social worker and avid horticulturist. Me? I’ve always been fascinated by the way of the universe and of human nature , which I suppose explains why my interest in these practices are so deeply embedded.
Start by using Belly Drumming to release stress and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. For more info about the underlying principles see: Release Stress With Water Up – Fire Down Energy Condition
Love Your Belly – Brighten Your Brain, Arrow