It’s a Sweat Lodge Without the Sweat [PHIL-OSOPHY]
Have you ever checked out a drumming circle?
What's the purpose of one? I'm told they're mystical, connecting you with your deeper self, but also fun and playful. The drummers draw a parallel, saying once the circle rhythms start to flow, it's almost like having the same breath with one another. This sounds amazing, and we're fortunate to have a drumming circle in our area of which I wanted to make you aware.
Kat Jones, the Executive Director of the Onset Bay Association, told me that every Monday evening in the summer, from 6 to 7 p.m., you're invited to bring your own chair and hand drum and enjoy the circle at Shell Point Beach on South Boulevard in Onset. The circle is led by Sam Holmstock, and there's a suggested donation of $10 per person. If you don't have your own hand drum, there are some there on a first-come, first-served basis.
It's very interesting. Jones said anyone with PTSD, brain injury, mental health illness or elderly neurological conditions are encouraged to participate or just listen. Remember to bring your own chair if you're there to just listen in. She also said the drum circle offers equality and confidence-building and is open to people of all ages. The main objective is to form a group consciousness as you drum together.
The circles typically are between 12 to 15 people, and the thought of developing another level of communication that gives a calming, centered and relaxed feeling sounds alluring.
Kat Jones is available at (508) 295-7072 or at OnsetBay.org for more information. Please wear a face mask and observe the safe distancing guidelines.
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.