In Hinduism, Shakti (Devanagari: शक्ति; from Sanskrit shak, "to be able", meaning "power" or "empowerment"), also spelled as Sakthi, is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe.
As mentioned on the first page,I was drawn to the drums from a very early age. Ringo was my all time favorite drummer as a little girl,and I remember my parents playing Arthur Lyman & Martin Denny records along with rock,motown,folk,and classical music.
However,when I told my mom in grade school I wanted to play drums,I was quickly told she "didn't want that noise in the house" and my drumming dreams died despite a set of two tone non tunable bongo drums that made their way into our house somehow. I messed with them on occasion,but never enough to get into trouble. As a pre teen,I wound up learning guitar and later bass,then other stringed instruments. I learned to spirit drum from books,being around a shamanic practicioner or two,and by playing a fur covered tribal drum I purchased on clearance from a metaphysical shop in my early 20's.
Many more years would roll by before I would get the percussion bug again. I always had a knack for knocking out rhythms by using my hands on table tops and my legs....I get my sense of rhythm from my Dad,who passed away this past April. While he never played drums,he had a most natural ability to pound out rhythms no matter how complex or off beat they were.
In 2016 I got the desire strongly enough to purchase a used bongo set and a kids size djembe. I was studying in earnest when my Dad's health started to decline. I put it aside to tend to him,neither of us thinking that his health challenge would prove fatal. In my grieving and healing process,I have turned to drumming once again- this time focusing on cajon and bongos.
Along with meditation,I've found the drumming to help keep me "on beat" and it also aids in my moving forward with my life as I turn what was our house into my house. It's been an awkward process,but playing has helped in keeping me grounded and upbeat at the same time.