Finding Your Rhythm

Dori on Percussion

It’s been a little over a year since the pandemic hit. Although things are looking more hopeful, you may need some help finding your rhythm and getting back in the groove. If you’re still feeling a bit off, read on.

I remember trying to get back into playing percussion (bongos and congas) with a church band and I couldn’t catch the groove. It was after the accident, it was a new band, and I hadn’t played in quite some time. It was very frustrating!

I’m not talking about drumming today but your personal rhythm. In order to reset your rhythm, you need to reset your mindset. If it seems like something’s a bit off, these activities may help:

Man looking up

1) Listen and pay attention! What brings you joy? What activities light you up inside? How can you do more of that?

2) Get started! The only way to move your dream forward is to take action. You don’t need to know all the steps or do everything at once. Just do two things to get started. What do you need or whom can you connect with?

3) Get into the groove! Once you get started, keep going! Your efforts don’t have to be perfect. Keep the beat going and take more action steps.

4) What does your dream look like? Keeping that vision is what keeps me going whenever I get off track or feel like giving up. I remember my “Why” and who I want to help. This helped me push past doubts and the naysayers.

5) What do you need to let go of? What is no longer serving you? I needed to let go what wasn’t working in my life. As I mentioned in my last post, I decided it was time to start thinking “What if?” And that opened up all sorts of possibilities!

Dori with tambourine

Blessed are the flexible

Like they say, the Lord works in mysterious ways. When I first started playing percussion in a church band 15 years ago, I had no idea that I’d be using drumming in the ways that I’m using it now and that it would be a business.

I was open to possibilities. I learned that I didn’t have to do things like all the other drummers. I didn’t have to use drumming just for performing and I didn’t have to do drum circles or African drumming. I found my Divine Rhythm and I’m becoming the ME God created me to be.

Here’s a quick drumming video that talks about finding your own personal style and rhythm.

How about you?

Have you found your rhythm or does your tempo feel a bit off? Need help? Contact me to see how drum therapy can help you or your organization.

Dori with DjembeDori Staehle, MBA is from the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, percussionist, mentor, ADHD specialist, Toca percussion artist, inspirational speaker and author, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. She helps kids and adults break free from what’s holding them back they can rise up and rock the Next Stage of their lives. Dori can provide her encouraging and interactive programs virtually to individuals and groups all over the world.