We Hold Stories in the Body

You can’t create a new future holding onto the emotions of the past.
— Dr. Joe Dispenza

We hold stories and memories of the past in our bodies. At an early age we learn things about ourselves through our experiences. A tragedy or significant challenge will cause a severe emotional reaction. That emotional reaction will put us in a mood. When that mood last for months, it’s called a temperament. When that mood lasts over a period of years, it’s called a personality trait. The emotions from that reaction are stored in the unconscious mind, our body.

These emotionally charged stories surface and trigger the body when we face a familiar threat. Have you learned to cope for a long time with a traumatic story? Have you shoved the emotions down deep, ignored them, self-medicated, and tried using a substance or behavior to cover the discomfort? Do you feel like you can’t control the feeling, the pain, and the frustration? You may have been holding on to a story like this for years, not even knowing it.

You don’t have to live like that. You can face these stories, these emotional land minds that explode from the past. When you become more aware of how they’ve been running your life, you can start to reduce their control over you. You can begin to heal.

The emotions have to go somewhere. When you drum, you are able release the pain, anger, hurt, confusion, anxiety, stress, sadness… whatever may be the thing trapped in your body thats been holding you back from being your best self.

We CAN release the wounded stories holding us back, and begin to replace them with new stories, and heal.

Let Go of Your Judgments & Just PLAY


Go! Play! Explore.. make sure to enjoy what you’re doing.

These are words I wish I had told myself more often when I was younger. If you’re not motivated and finding enjoyment in what you’re doing, then stop for a moment. Ask yourself, what else COULD I be doing? Its simple, but we have to be willing to ask ourselves that question.

We carry out our every day holding judgments. Most of those judgments are about ourselves. The best thing we can do is to shut those judgments up, let them go, and just play… explore.

The drum is self healing. There is that moment when you first start playing a drum and trying to play a beat that the “Performer” aka self-critic comes out. The Performer says things like, “You have to play it this way. You can’t figure it out. You don’t have what it takes. You look foolish.” Does that sound like your internal dialogue ?

We form judgments around everything. We tend to not allow ourselves to grow and learn. We stifle ourselves in our own preconceived expectations. We don’t allow ourselves to enjoy other possibilities. We must first simply learn to PLAY.

The drum is an inherent gift. It does the work of reflecting back to us how we think and feel. It shows us who we believe we really are, simply by playing.

The drum is an inherent gift. It does the work of reflecting back to us how we think and feels, and who we believe we really are…simply by playing.