Everyday Rhythm Blog: A Lift for Work and Life

TaKeTiNa & Whole Person Drumming with Zorina Wolf in San Diego & Los Angeles

Embrace Rhythm & Drumming in Two New Ways If hand drumming and rhythm speak to your heart, don't miss these rare opportunities to go deeper with both with Zorina Wolf on her OCTOBER 2016 Southern California workshop tour. TaKeTiNa:  Adventures in Groove Oct. 20 in San Diego Do you know the juicy satisfaction of feeling deeply "In the Groove"? You know, that transporting state of being carried by the music where everything seems effortless? Those moments form some of our best musical memories -- both as audience and playing participants. If you like that feeling [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Events - Public|0 Comments

The Bass Drum is My Leadership Teacher

Shortly after finding my way to the rhythm path, I found myself drawn to playing the bass drums whenever I could.  I liked the mellower, low-pitched sounds of the Brazilian surdo, the African dununs, and the larger frame drums.  Usually playing with a mallet, I learned how to positively affect the music without needing fancy technique.  Over time, I adopted the bass drum as my "main instrument" in ensemble play.  I've even been called The Bass Queen. Along the way, I discovered there's a lot more potential -- and responsibility -- in playing the bass drum for a drum [...]

By | March 27th, 2016|Events - Public|0 Comments

New RhythmLift Video

Dynamic Programs that Help Group and Teams go Further, Faster I am pleased to unveil my new video showing the spirit and versatility of RhythmLift programs. It's a big achievement for me, because I created it myself, learning iMovie in the process.  The challenging, multi-layered creative process included figuring out what I wanted to say, finding the images, and learning how to put them together in iMovie. Then there's a whole other phase: diving deep into scene-by-scene, fraction-of-a-second details to create aligned audio and smooth overall flow.  It's amazing what goes into 2 minutes, 45 seconds! [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|RhythmLift News|0 Comments

Rhythm Tools for Life: #7 – “DIALOG”

This series shows how to use qualities of Rhythm to make life easier, both personally and at work. Dialog: The Keys to Generative Conversation You suddenly realize you have no idea of the time.  It’s probably well after midnight, you think, but you don’t want the spell to end. You’ve been in a delicious, flowing conversation with a friend, feeling fascinated and tuned in to everything that was said.  You take a deep, appreciative sigh. “Time to go to bed!” says your Head. “No.  More!” says your Heart. Surely one of the most exquisite human experiences is those times when [...]

By | February 19th, 2015|Rhythm Tools for Life|0 Comments

Rhythm Tools for Life: #6 – “MELODY”

This series takes a look at how 10 qualities of Rhythm can help make things easier, both personally and for teams at work. Melody: The Song of Heart and Relationship "But is it muuu-sic?"  My 85-year-old aunt had a keen, inquisitive mind that took categories and definitions very seriously.  She had been a librarian all her life. We were talking about my passion for drumming and drum circles.  I was describing how, with the right intentions and a little guidance, even people who had never played any instrument before could co-create a vibrant, connected musical experience. "But drums don't have [...]

By | October 6th, 2014|Rhythm Tools for Life|3 Comments

Rhythm Tools for Life: #5 – “THE ONE”

This series takes a look at how 10 qualities of Rhythm can help make things easier, both personally and for teams at work. "The One": Finding Agreement and Unity “Where’s the One?” You’ll hear that question sometimes in a drum circle or rhythm jam.  Imagine a group of friends starting to improvise together with drums and hand percussion instruments.  The bass drum sets the beat, and you hear the different pitches and patterns of each drum, with the percussion adding the "spice" on top. Photo credit: Jerry Sitser But something doesn’t feel right.  Everyone is playing to the [...]

By | December 19th, 2013|Rhythm Tools for Life|4 Comments

Rhythm Tools for Life: #4 – ENTRAINMENT

This series takes a look at how 10 qualities of Rhythm can help make things easier, both personally and for teams at work. ENTRAINMENT:  The Shortcut to Flow Do you wish for more Flow in your life?  To reach that in-the-zone state of effortless expression or progress or achievement?  To feel fully alive and fully able to do what you’re doing, and love it? I sure do.  It’s delicious to be there, isn’t it? Doorways to Flow People often experience a state of Flow in a group drumming or rhythm circle -- including many who have never drummed before. There’s something [...]

By | October 16th, 2013|Rhythm Tools for Life|7 Comments

Ten Rhythm Tools for Life: #3 – PATTERN

This series takes a look at how 10 qualities of Rhythm can help make things easier, both personally and for teams at work. PATTERN: The Foundation of Creative Freedom We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -- Aristotle Imagine something you’d like to do more consistently in your life -- something that doesn’t take long, but uplifts your mood or energy, and makes a positive difference to the rest of your day.  Perhaps it’s beginning each day with a little movement or meditation.  Or maybe you want to escape from computer/chair-lock to [...]

By | September 16th, 2013|Rhythm Tools for Life|3 Comments

Ten Rhythm Tools for Life: #2 – CYCLE

This series takes a look at how 10 qualities of Rhythm can help make things easier, both personally and for teams at work. CYCLE: The Turning Wheel of Time We began this blog series with Pulse, the foundation of Rhythm -- and Life.  But Pulse by itself -- a repeating beat ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● without any variation -- gets boring pretty quick. Pulse alone implies a steady state, a constancy.  That makes it is important as our grounding anchor, the thing we can return to when we need to release the swirl of life’s details, [...]

By | July 21st, 2013|Rhythm Tools for Life|8 Comments

Rhythm Tools for Life: #1 – PULSE

This series takes a look at how 10 qualities of Rhythm can help make things easier, both personally and for teams at work. PULSE:  The Foundation What was the first sound you ever heard?  If you guessed your mother's heartbeat, you're right. We came into this world on a lifeline of Pulse, and it has been there for us ever since. Yet in our complicated daily lives, juggling work demands, family needs, and personal aspirations, we can easily disconnect from the comforting, grounding expression of Life represented by PULSE. It all starts with Pulse Pulse is the most basic unit [...]

By | June 24th, 2013|Rhythm Tools for Life|10 Comments