Welke invloed heeft muziek op je brein, lichaam en geest

Welke invloed heeft drummen heeft op je gedachte, lichaam, je geest  én je ´omgeving´?

Gedachte
Tien tegen één dat je tijdens het drummen niet bezig bent met je to-do lijstje. Drummen helpt ons om het verstand even op nul te zetten. Sterker nog, onderzoek wijst uit dat een bepaald deel van het cognitieve brein daadwerkelijk uitgeschakeld wordt.

Piekeren
Vooral tijdens improviseren. Niemand verteld je welke beat je moet spelen of hoe je liedje moet klinken; dat verzin je ter plekke. Het blijkt dat het deel dat wordt aangesproken tijdens improvisatie hetzelfde deel is dat actief is wanneer je spreekt over wie je werkelijk bent.

Gedachte

En het deel dat uitschakelt wordt self-sensoring genoemd, oftewel je alledaagse gedoe over jezelf en hoe anderen mogelijk naar je kijken is op slot….kan geen kwaad toch :-).

Lichaam
Nog een weetje… Na een klein uurtje drummen met zijn allen, is de hoeveelheid witte bloedcellen substantieel toegenomen. Witte bloedcellen verdedigen het lichaam tegen ongewenste indringers, net als de drums vroeger de inwoners van een dorp waarschuwden tegen overvallers. Je immuunsysteem is dus sterk verbeterd door het drummen. Niet door te luisteren, maar door te doen.

immuunafweer
Op een gitaar meerdere snaren en fretten,
op een piano nog meer toetsen dat betekent dat je er snel naast kan zitten.
Op de Djembé daarentegen moet je al erg je best doen om, na even oefenen, niet een leuk ritme te produceren. Velen van ons hebben tenslotte al leren drummen op de potten en pannen van je moeder. Je grote voorbeeld was misschien wel die te gekke drummer van de Muppets: Animal.
Ken je hem nog? Kon vreselijk uit zijn dak gaan.
Laat het beest in je maar vrij. Laat je gedachten los, je armen ontspannen en raggen maar.
Door stevig te drummen verbrand je net zoveel calorieën als een uurtje fittnes

Geest
Drummen geeft je letterlijk energie.
Het is pure levensvreugde die omhoog borrelt en een grote grijns op je gezicht tovert.

Vreugde
De Djembé is daarnaast het oudste instrument om contact te leggen met andere werkelijkheden, de Sjamanen zeggen dat het geluid van de drum ze laat reizen tussen de verschillende dimensies en via de vibraties genezing bevorderen.
Wij weten dat iedereen straalt na een partijtje drummen.

Omgeving
En als je al straalt, blij bent en je gelukkig voelt….wie is dan nog boos op zijn buurman of collega? Als je samen drumt ben je letterlijk op hetzelfde niveau. Het maakt niet uit of je arts of loodgieter bent. Als je drumt ben je gelijkwaardig.
In sociale relaties zijn twee zaken heel belangrijk: gevoel van controle en mate van steun.
Je leert luisteren naar elkaar, je beurt afwachten maar ook je kans pakken om te soleren.
Ik heb in verschillende landen drum circles gefaciliteerd en soms begrepen ze mijn uitleg niet maar de handgebaren en ritmes zijn universele talen.
Drummen springt over sociale- en taalbarrières heen; ze zijn niet meer belangrijk om elkaar echt te verstaan. Je spreekt namelijk een gemeenschappelijke taal:
RITME VERBINDT ONS ALLEMAAL

Hands on a globe --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Doe even mee, gewoon op je drum slaan en zingen…

Ik sla op m’n drum
Ik hoor de beat van m’n drum
Ik voel de beat van m’n drum
Ik beweeg op de beat van m’n drum
Ik dans op de beat van m’n drum
Ik leef op de beat van m’n drum
Ik eet op de beat van m’n drum
Ik drink op de beat van m’n drum
Ik ben de beat van m’n drum

Meer weten:

www.drumcafe.nl/news/dokters-recept/
www.drumcafe.nl/facts/positieve-vibes/

 

Comfort Zone

Step out of your story.

What the heck

There´s another one. I spot it instantly as he walks into the hall. His face and body language scream:´I´m not in the mood´….definitely.

Could be a ton of reasons off course. Perhaps he´s just tired. Tired because getting up very early this morning to get here on time. Meeting new colleagues, hear all kind of business talk, generate new idea´s….so he´s exhausted. I understand.

But I see something else. A kind of anxiety, perhaps even fear. I wonder if questions like this wonder round his mind: ´what´s gone happen here, what do they expect from me´.

Where are you afraid of?
You’ve heard people say you need to get out of your comfort zone, right? You need to stretch yourself, they say. It’ll be good for you. Everyone seems to agree with this idea, but what do we actually know about the comfort zone? Aside from the fact that this idea seems to be true:

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Comfort Zone
The most scientific explanation of what a comfort zone is relates it to anxiety levels. Your comfort zone is any type of behavior that keeps you at a steadily low anxiety level. Imagine something you do all the time, like cooking dinner or commuting to work, or watching TV.

Simply, your comfort zone is a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. You benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress.

Although people often refer to ‘getting outside your comfort zone’ in terms of trying new things, anything that raises your anxiety levels can be counted as being outside that zone. If commuting to work makes you anxious because the traffic is bad or you don’t like being on a train full of people, for instance, you’re not going to be comfortable in that situation.

So, now you are here
Getting stuck in a routine is easy to do. After all, we’re creatures of habit. We eat the same breakfast every morning, order the same coffee at Starbucks and get to work at the same time.

But for entrepreneurs, playing it safe could be curtailing business success. When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took on a new challenge? Breaking your own mold can only make you stronger and more confident to reach higher levels in your professional and personal life.

Make a fool out of yourself
One of the biggest things that holds many of us back is our fear of what people think. After all, you don’t want people to think you’re weird or rude or creepy or obnoxious or annoying, do you?

But wait — think about the most lovable, magnetic people you’ve come across in your life. Odds are, they weren’t the meek, agreeable people who are reliably pleasant to be around. They were the people who were crazy and charming. People who blurted out silly, maybe inappropriate things, or who made huge, slap-your-forehead mistakes, or who were over the top most of the time, but others forgave them for being less than perfect and in fact, liked them for it.

So shatter your concern for what people think of you. You’re allowed to be less than perfect, and you may find that people like you more for it, because it makes you a more exciting person to be around. Get laughed at, laugh with ‘em. Do something you normally wouldn’t do for fear of looking like an idiot. Be that idiot. You’ll be fine.

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The point of stepping out of your comfort zone is to embrace new experiences and to get to that state of optimal anxiety in a controlled, managed way, not to stress yourself out. Take time to reflect on your experiences so you can reap the benefits and apply them to your day to day activities. Then do something else interesting and new. Make it a habit if you can. Try something new every week, or every month.

So, step out of your story, pick up the drum, beat the odds  and have a nice day,

Patrick, CEO Drum Cafe
Tips:

Find or date someone crazy. When you discover that person who brings out the

  • adventurous side from within you, it will help to encourage your development tremendously.
  • Spontaneity is a great contrast to someone like yourself who may not be comfortable or familiar with stepping out of your comfort zone often.
  • If you’re having a hard time stepping out of your comfort zone, start small and build your way up. But keep building your way up.
  • Be yourself. Never try to be someone that you’re not, be unique. You’ll live a much happier life doing this. Also this will make it so that you may only live once, but if you do it right once is enough. And everyone else is already taken. Which is good and everyone one (as long as they’re good) is significant and no one is more important than the next.
  • Be as diverse as possible. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone can require lot of time. Don’t panic, be patient and always believe that nothing is impossible.
  • Luck happens when preparedness meets the opportunity. So step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Don’t be afraid to take the opportunities that comes along, because you’ll never know when you’ll be rewarded for it.

Warnings

  • It’s good to not know what will happen, to ignore dangers a little bit less and to take risks a little bit more. Just don’t ignore dangers too much, always keep yourself safe and do not take risks you will end up regretting in the future!
  • Don’t confuse stepping out of your comfort zone with being reckless and stupid. There’s a difference between being reckless and accepting risks. Reckless people don’t accept risks-they don’t even think about them. You should know the risks, and decide to go through with the decision anyway, ready and willing to accept the consequences if things don’t work out.
  • Don’t do anything that would most likely cause self-harm. Especially when you’re at risk of someone else hurting you in any physical way. Might also be a good idea though to know self-defense if this is the case. But don’t be scared.

 Tools:
If you want to push your comfort zone’s boundaries but you’re not sure where to start, there’s actually a tool online to measure your comfort zone.

A short questionnaire about your comfort levels in professional, lifestyle and adrenaline-related events gives you a score and an idea about how big or small your comfort zone is. It also includes some reading and activity suggestions for increasing your comfort levels in each area.

Madness

 I came after the lunch break and saw those people on stage being busy and acting a little crazy.
I first thought: why should I also do so but afterwards I also beat the drum.
The enthusiasm and commitment of the team has persuaded me.  I certainly don’t regret.  It is due to their strange games and crazy question-and-answer rhythms everyone out of their comfort zone.
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eally, we did strange things with each other. Thing you don´t likely do in the morning before the congress started.
It was a lot of fun because we were all in there togetherr so actually you where the strangers if you hadn´t fit in with the rhythm.
It gave me a lot of energy which continued througout the whole conference and gave us a clear focus for the rest of the day.
Usually after 20 minutes or so your attention weakens when somebody gives a speech, but after this interactive session it seemed like we could listen for hours.
Quote participant workshop Aalsmeer.

Burial Beats

 

In The Netherlands is quite unusual to sing together or even move and dance at a funeral. Thanks to all migrants in The Netherlands, people are realizing that there are more ways to say goodbye to the deceased, to give them their last honor.

funeral dance

To be or not to be….seldom it was more applicable in my life. One minute he was there, the other he was gone … my father … passed away.

As youngest son I was also supposed to say a few words at the funeral. Usually I have no trouble with it but now I couldn´t. No really, not with words, not with a steady voice.

But I could do something with a steady hand. My stepmother had told me that my dad was so proud on me as a drum facilitator, teacher and musician. He would enjoyed it a lot if I played something at his  funeral.

My brother thought quite the opposite of that. ´That doesn’t fit at all. You always make a party of  everything´. He knew my drumsession, amongst others, at his own wedding in Barcelona.

Swinging riffs, encouraging cries, singing and rhythmic pounding crowds, barking dogs, a burst of laughter and joy of life; that always rocked!. He imagined situations as a funeral scene from the Benny Hill Show or Monty Python … brrr ….

At the funeral center I signed the condolences book and greeted my fellow musicians, the Africans Ndingo and Oscar, Wil, Simone, Peter and Koen. My two internships from highschool were there to make some recordings of the event. Afterwards it turned out that they found it very inappropriate to mingle in a mourning crowd taking snapshots of their grieve. Well, I guess they have a point but I had love to show your guys a little of the things we played and how the attendees responded.

In the Auditorium stands the coffin with my late father. The first people speak, others listen or crying gently.  Man…..I am also getting emotional.

Fortunately our part starts soon. I leave the auditorium with the musicians and go to the hallway next to it. The instruments are there already. Small shakers, a big thumb piano, a little cowbell. No djembe´s or Doundouns, no loud and large sounds, no big stage stuff needed. Easy going rhythmic instruments, body beats and soft singing are much more in place here.

Silently we wait in the small hall. Standing face to face staring at the ground. Carefully moving to make no unwanted sounds with the instruments.

My mind is wandering around and thoughts of other sessions that we have done on funerals pop up in my mind. We granted the last wish of a deceased, a lover of Africa. The widow was very grateful to us for our “Burial Beats”. A long procession of about 200 people walked by while we were playing.  On a musical level it was not a highlight but it was of great importance for everybody. It had a huge emotional value for the widow and for the musicians.

The other time it was far more intimate and very emotional while playing a little at the grave of one of my students who died of cancer.  But now it is my own father…

 

funeral

Showtime, the side door opens and the funeral attendant beckons us.    Pfhhh, there we go…here comes my speech!

We slowly start drumming and stepping into the room to stop in front of the coffin, Ndingo stands in upfront in the middle and the rest of us left and right behind him. I dare not to look to my family, relatives and friends and stare to the floor. The small drums set up a beat, the bells and thumb piano´s come in and Ndingo asks the people gently to clap their hands.  I´m very glad that Ndingo and Oscar are here to lead and support this funeral ceremony. Their eyes are full of compassion for the grief around them, but with their open attitude and big smiles they determine to a large extent the atmosphere of this intimate happening. The people like it. They clap their hands and are rocking rhythmically back and forth. They even smile at times and let their tears run freely when they do body beats and gestures from the heart. This is a very nice. This is a fine ritual, literally a nice gesture for my father and for all of us here.

A quick sidestep. When you strip social and cultural differences away, you will find that virtually every religion considers that the soul can be touched and guided through the vibration of sounds and voice. The deceased can be aware of  vibes from intentions and feelings from your heart. We do that right now . I see the room full of quiet but moved people. I hear the sounds, feel the vibes and are under the strong impression that at least for a brief moment our consciousness melts together to celebrate the transition of my father.

A celebration…..so …. a party  after all?  No, definitely not a party in the usual sense, but a worthy and valuable rite the passage.

My brother had worried for nothing. After the funeral he immediately gave his compliments to us.

The rhythm slows down, the last sounds whirl in the auditorium, they cease and quietly we leave the stage and look for a last time at the coffin.

No applause for us this time but from within I applaud for ourselves, for all musicians, for all those present. I feel very grateful that we have done this.

As for me these Burial Beats deserve a prominent place in Drum Cafe´s repertoire.

I hope I´m able to play them often before I myself perceive the vibes from another dimension:-).

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