Polyrhythmia

Rhythm is a language of its own.

Cherish the intersecting rhythms of your life

When we are meditating, our experience from second to second is the result of a complex series of interacting energies:
- how tired we are from the day's work, or if we have just woken up, how groggy
- how anxious we are about an unfinished item of our to-do list, or an incomplete conversation, an plan in progress
- how hungry or full we are
- how lonely or the opposite, overloaded with people, we are

To be healthy in meditation, be open to sensing all the levels of your being, from the chemistry of your blood, to the sensations of your breath, to the pulsing of urgency about your chores, to the feelings in your heart and belly, to the thoughts and plans and daydreams and desires and longings.

TIP: welcome these complex rhythms and delight in the musical interaction among them all.

When you are open to yourself and getting connected in this way, there is what is called polyrhythm - the intersection of many rhythms, for each area of your body, your emotions, your planning and choreographing mind, have different tempos and rhythms.

As you get used to attending simultaneously - or almost simultaneously - to all these levels, your experience of yourself becomes like that of being one dancer among many, or a musician in a band, or a surfer riding one of many waves while feeling the whole ocean.

Music teaches us about how to embrace rhythm and the complicated art of polyrhythm. Bach, Brahms and Beethoven were known to use polyrhythms.
Polyrhythm is also part of jazz and drum music.

Baba Olatunji invited us all into his joyous dance with the rhythms of his dance.



Babatunde Olatunji - Drums of Passion (1959)
Babatunde (1927-2003) connects the world with the roots of human music, a direct connection with rhythm and the soul, the very nature of the music shows what...


This video of raindrops falling on water also illustrates the sensation of being with all your polyrhythms:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzVjLEzN36M


More polyrhythmia

Back in the 1960's, the jazz radio station emanating out of Compton, California used to play Mongo Santamaria, who was using polyrhythm.

https://youtu.be/yPlfoXogtdI

Whatever genre of music you enjoy, search out complex rhythmic structures you enjoy. Let it teach you how to appreciate the mystery and intricacy of what it is to be you, in a human body, experiencing life.