Red Deer Stag drum and rattle beater
After a dry day and a fine evening forecast, we stuck with plan A to hold our drum meditation at our beautiful Hearth Grove yesterday; thinking our wet weather indoor plan B wasn’t needed. Yet the rain gods still smiled on us. But we’re a hardy bunch and gathered beneath the glorious tree canopy to enjoy an evening of drum meditation and chat.
It was lovely to welcome ‘Lynx Lady’ to our Grove for the first time, who had travelled from deepest Derby to the Charnwood Forest.
We were relatively few in number, but that made the drum circle all the more intimate as I and my Red Deer Stag drum led a guided drum meditation to meet the Guardian of the Wildwood accompanied by our animal companions and other wild creatures of the forest, to spend time immersed in the energy of the ancient forest and receive a token from the Wildwood to mark our journey.
For some, it was the first time they’d meditated/journeyed to the beat of a drum/rattle and they felt it carried them deeper and helped to maintain their focus in the journey. Cymro Ap Arthan also commented how the drum beat and rattle (I used a rattle drum beater) sounded as if they came from different directions in the Grove. It was an immersive, surround sound experience.
With an opportunity to share what had transpired in the journeys if folk wished, we talked about how the Guardian of the Wildwood appeared differently to us, how we felt in the Forest and the animals which had chosen to accompany us. For some, the animal companions were already familiar, but others had new to them animal travelling companions, with Fox, Bear and Lynx making themselves known for the first time. That is how ‘Lynx Lady’ has come by her Grove name.
We’d had tentative plans to share a wider drum/instrument circle after the meditation, but everyone felt so chilled after the meditation that we decided just to relax, eat, drink and chat under the trees, soaking up the Grove atmosphere as darkness descended. We had our usual, wide ranging discussions from the esoteric to the more mundane, including the different nature of our various drums, the calm, Zen like quality of many Druids, how OBOD compares to other Druid orders and much more.
It was a wonderful evening of great company in our magical Grove, accompanied by the gentle sound of rain through the tree canopy – bliss. 🙂