Ritual

DRUM BEAT - a prayer for the earth

A mandala honoring the four directions: in the east, where the sun rises, we find the bell, the connection to the mental realm. The south where our physical body lays is the direction of the drum, the connection to our heart beat and it's incessant rhythm. In the west, click-sticks remind us of our emotions and the tools we have to liberate them. The north is our spiritual connection, where our ancestors lay, the place for the rattle, the cleansing sound.

The beating of the rattle breaks up stagnant energy that blocks the natural flow within our bodies. Is the sound of the rain, of purification. The possibility for a clean start and a new beginning with endless possibilities.

This drum is a prayer. A prayer for the earth. A prayer for women and men. A prayer so we can find our voices, connect to our heart beats and our breath. A prayer for the holiness of our bodies, the sacredness of our dance, the power of our voice. A prayer for more love. A prayer for less pain. 

SHARE YOUR HEART TODAY

Friday. Snow. Spring Equinox. Total Solar Eclipse. New Super Moon. Zoroastrian New Year. It's all happening today.

The universe is so perfect, isn't it? The sun is 400 times bigger than the moon which means today (during the eclipse) the moon was 400 times closer to the earth and it appeared to us as big as the sun, bringing total darkness for a few minutes. 

It's a good lesson if we think about those things in our lives that seem so big, difficult or overwhelming, and compare them to things that seem smaller but can overshadow the big ones -like the moon covering the sun. It can be anything, a happy song, a strangers' smile, someone's hug - anything that turns a blue day into a happy one and brings us back to balance. The opposite is also true, we're surrounded by so much love, abundance and beauty but we let the small things get on the way all the time - why is that?

The vernal equinox also calls for balance, it is the day when we have an 'equal night', meaning we have the same amount of daylight as we do of darkness (at least in theory.) It's the start of spring, the most fertile time. A time of rebirth and sunshine (yay!). 

Embracing the darkness of the new moon and today's obscured sun can be a powerful way of reflecting. Knowing that in every moment we are exactly who we choose to be. Every new breath is a new opportunity full of infinite possibilities. 

So

 SHARE YOUR HEART TODAY 

and

HANG IN THERE...

SPRING IS ON ITS WAY!

DRUM & RATTLE MAKING WORKSHOP

Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it! 

I've never played drums or even owned a drum but for the past year I've been obsessed with having my own drum - I almost bought one when we were in Cambodia last fall but didn't (and regretted it) because it seemed like too much to carry. Now the universe seems to be throwing drums at me! 

I am lucky to be collaborating with some special ladies in two different drum related events. The first one, with Rowan Storm, is this coming Sunday. The next one will be an opportunity to birth my own drum and rattle (yes, I know, I'm obsessed with birth).

Do you want to play with us?

SHAMANIC DRUM & RATTLE MAKING WORKSHOP

with Drum-Doula Mia Luz

Sunday April 19th, 11 am - 6 pm

201 Clifton Place, Brooklyn, NY
 

On April's new moon, connect with the heartbeat of Mother Earth and the spirit world to experience the magic of birthing your own medicine drum with your inner love, passion & energy entwined in its being. You will have the option of making a 15” or 18’’ round elk-hide drum with cedar frame, a beater and a traditional elk-hide rattle. We will be sitting on the floor, blankets will be provided but bring your own pillow or back support if needed.

EARLY BIRD COST (Sign up by April 5th)                        

15’’ drum – $275         18’’ drum –  $305

LATE BIRD COST

15’’ drum – $300         18’’ drum – $330

  • All materials for making the drums and rattles are included in the cost of registration
  • Vegetarian lunch and snacks will be offered
  • If you are called to attend this workshop but cannot pay for it please contact us and we will do our best to work out a sliding scale.

About Mia:

Mia Luz is a contemporary Medicine Woman and Drum-doula. She is a certified practitioner of Shamanic Energy Medicine, an Ojibwe Pipe Carrier, Healer and Reiki Master.

To register or for more information email narenasa@gmail.com

New black moon-supermoon, wood sheep & lent

Have you been feeling an energy rise today? Or perhaps you're feeling a little down and overwhelmed? Or a bit hesitant about your path? Or you're happy and full of energy? Or a mix of all? I have. 

A whole lot is happening today. There's a new moon which also happens to be a black moon and a supermoon. It's also the start of the Chinese New Year or the year of the Wood Sheep. And Ash Wednesday or the start of lent for Christians around the world. 

Let's start by talking about the moon. It's the closest new moon of the year which is why we call it a supermoon. It is also a black moon, or the third of four new moons in the current season (December's solstice to March's equinox), meaning it is almost the last new moon of the winter (yay!). It's an opportunity for a clean start, a very fertile time that allows us to birth new projects, or babies, or dreams and adventures. A chance to let go of what doesn't serve us anymore and tune into our creative spirit. Diving into the darkness of this black moon allows us to come out on the other side revitalized and ready for the spring and its infinite possibilities. 

Today is also the beginning of the year of the Wood Sheep which happens to bring a feminine Yin energy. It relates to the Western sign Cancer, associated to the mother and nurturing force. It invites us to develop more intimacy with our family and friends (like a sheep in a flock), and to cultivate gentleness and sensitivity. It opens our hearts to love and kindness and  encourages creativity and team work. 

Lent is the season for renunciation and sacrifice for many Christians. It begins with Ash Wednesday, a ritual of putting ash on our foreheads to symbolize a commitment to prayer in preparation for Easter. The traditional purpose includes penance, repentance of sins and almsgiving. Even for non-christians it can be a time of letting go, a time to feel more grounded and connected to nature. Perhaps a time to focus on meditation, or on a creative project like writing or learning a song, or dancing more often. 

Today is a good day. A lot is happening and it's up to us to tune into it and make something out of it, to welcome new beginnings.

Start with a ritual, maybe meditate or say a prayer, light a candle, take a bath. Do something that makes you feel good, scream, cry, hug someone you love. Dance your face off. Take a walk. Take a deep breath. Take another deep breath.

“If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life” Pablo Neruda