Aeeshah & Kokomon
Mindful Drumming and Global Peace
Clottey was born to the Ga-Adagbe tribe in Accra, the capital
of Ghana in West Africa. The Ga society is rich with ancient
codes of conduct, deep spiritual beliefs, and awesome rituals
is an interpreter of this Indigenous African tribe’s
wisdom and rituals. Kokomon is a storyteller, record producer,
author, and teacher. He has produced two compact disk, Love
is the Answer, Mystic Vision, and co-produced The
Journey. Together with his wife Aeeshah, he is the co-author
of Beyond Fear: Twelve Spiritual Keys to Racial Healing (Tiburon,
CA: HJ Kramer, 1998)
contributed to Imagine What America Could be in the Twenty-First
Century: Visions of a Better Future from Leading American Thinkers (Emmaus,
PA: Rodale, 2000) and is the author of Mindful Drumming:
Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building
is a visiting professor at the University of Creation Spirituality
in Oakland California and the cofounder of the Attitudinal
Healing Connection Inc., in Oakland, California. He currently
serves as the Executive Director of the Attitudinal Healing
Connection in Oakland, California. He also co-founded an Attitudinal
Healing Center in Ghana, West Africa.
( Hedzoleh in my language from Ghana, West Africa), is our inalienable
right as humans. The most wonderful gift to wish for anyone is
peace and love according to my people. We say “Hedzoleh
aha bo”— which means “Peace be with you!” Even
if you didn’t know the translation, these words would have
a healing effect upon you. This beneficent wish is granted by
spirit on a cellular level, so, it is with mindful drumming.
Mindful Drumming reminds us of the value of a culture of peace
and aligns us with the heartbeat of humanity. It centers communities
in open dialogues on peace. Any time the discussion of peace
arises, it evokes innumerable questions as well as assumptions.
Does one wage war to attain peace? Is peace opposite of war?
How does one find peace? How does inner peace relates to health?
Does peace have anything to do with love and joy? There are many
more questions than answers. However, there is only one answer,
the courage to choose peace.
because peace is innate and central to our wholeness as humans
it is critical for us to awake to mindful drumming as a gateway
to our inner peace. Mindful Drumming inspires us to connect to
our essence, which is love and happiness. We do not have to pursue
happiness: we are happiness. Mindful drumming, the synchronistic
power of rhythm and sound brings one into the now. The drumming
demonstrates the power of working together, the value of deep listening
and bringing the community into balance so that one can experience
inner peace. Mindful Drumming combines the twin concepts of rhythm
and sound, which we have found to be the most expedient way to
heal a broken heart. It brings one immediately into the present
because rhythm is finite – evoking the sense that “now
is the only time there is”, and that one can be harmonious
and in tune with “the now”.
Drumming also connects us to the ancestors, and ushers them in
for healing and support. Their timeless wisdom becomes readily
available to us through the eternal resources of rhythm and sound.
If we listen to their knowing and put their wisdom into practice
through Mindful Drumming Meditation, it is inevitable that we will
unleash the tremendous power of our human spirit. For the sake
of our children and grandchildren –as well as our own survival –,
we need to recognize that there is another way to live. One way
to get there is to embrace the practice of inner peace through
mindful drumming, which can help us forge new relationships with
one another and a wiser stewardship of Mother Earth.