Why are we so depressed?

In one of Jason Silva’s latest videos, he asks the question, “Why are we so sad?” Why are we so depressed?
Why are there – according to the UN – 800,000 suicides every year? In fact, over 78 million people in the U.S are prescribed psychiatric drugs to solve a problem that we deem an individual issue.

(You can find Jason’s video here)

It took a while for me to respond to this but it has been on my mind for some time… It seems the answers we are given are always geared toward the individual, while ignoring our need to be socially connected. I believe if we look in the direction of our disconnected, polarized society, then our actions to resolve issues like depression need to be very different than simply treating the individual – and will quickly infringe on our culture and the way we have defined our reality. It’s not just a number of depressed people, it’s our depressed collective consciousness.

In Jason’s later video, he describes the “flow state” as a recourse to combat depression, where the brain is engaged, and the body is full of energy. In these extraordinary activities, he says our nervous systems light up and activate. Which is great if you can jump out of a plane, or have the privilege to be on stage playing music.

But what about the ordinary, everyday folks who are depressed in their day to day lives? I would say that we are depressed because we have a depressing culture, one that doesn’t create connection. This connection that we build in everyday moments is the real medicine that can cure our depression. To simply be with one another, with trust, opening up about subtle feelings and sharing in a way that nourishes us. Every human being has an incredible life story that might be deemed not important enough by a skewed culture of celebrity, but which is in itself so sweet and meaningful.

Depression to me is the inward pollution that we see around us in the outside world. People who deal with depression are the sensitive ones through whom the negative energy of our culture flows. And we respond by giving them more pharmaceuticals to stifle the natural reaction and keep them numb.

Why do we think we can’t solve this? It’s quite obvious why we are depressed. We’re destroying everything around us and we’re depressed about it! Let’s open up our hearts. Let’s be there for each other. And let’s connect on a level that allows us to collectively heal the old wounds that keep us separated and disempowered.

What do you think?

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Earth Day 2017 in Phoenix at Agave Farms

Come join us on Earth Day 2017 in Phoenix at Agave Farms on Saturday, April 22nd from 1 to 9 PM for music, workshops, yoga, family camp, drum circle, ecstatic dance, speakers, and healers…

Most important for being together with millions around the US and the world to stand up for our mother earth!

Learn more about the amazing story of Earth Day by clicking here.

We are looking for workshop leaders, healers, volunteers, drummers, and dancers!

Click here to contact me. Collaborate with us! Click here to fill out a collaborators form!

Here are a few links: Facebook Event Page, Omnitribe, Phoenix Tribal Nights, Register yourself at Eventbright.

See you there!

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India meets Africa…

India meets Africa in this 6/8 composition for percussion music. Tablas come from India and are a very sophisticated percussion instrument that takes decades to master. They are used here in an nontraditional way like African bells. together with the Didgeridoo it creates a wonderful rich sound with an almost hypnotic effect before we switch to Djembes, Bells and Dun Duns. Lot’s of fun to perform!

I finally got around to editing this video and I think it came out pretty good. There were a lot of people involved in making this happen and many of them are not professional musicians or even have full training… but as so often I really enjoy the rawness of a performance like this. This piece is inspired by one of my early drum teachers Andre Varkonyi, who later became a good friend and we played many years together in the group Angklung out of Vienna, Austria hence the title “May in Vienna”

 

Tabla and Bells: Ved and Saaketh Narayan
Didgeridoo and Djembe: Dashmesh Khalsa
Djembe and Shaker: Seti Gershberg, Valerie Handlers, Abhijit Banerjee
Dun Dun and Bells: Carol Benwell
Shekere: Lavinia Strubble
Tabla and Djembe: Daniel Hirtz

What do you think? Please leave a comment below…

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Tabla workshop with Pandit Abhijit Banerjee

Friends I am excited to announce that Pandit Abhijit Banerjee is coming back to the valley of the sun for an exciting tabla workshop.

I asked him to add a special section to the workshop that teaches how to accompany Kirtan, Bhajans and lighter music. Many of table students want to be able to play along when others are singing their songs, do a call-and-response Kirtan or simply be able to accompany with tabla when a friend plays harmonium, guitar or any other instrument. If you play tabla at all this workshop will give you a boost!

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Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/tablaAZ16

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Meeting of the Masters 2016

“Meeting of the Masters” – Annual Dhwani Academy Concert in Phoenix, AZ

Please join us for our annual Dhwani concert “Meeting of the Masters” Sunday, August 14th at the Burton Barr Central Library downtown Phoenix. This will be quite an experience with a mix of students and masters of Indian music as well as an performance from my African Drum Jam class! Hope to see you there!

Meeting of the Masters - Dhwani AZ Concert 2016

Meeting of the Masters will be an afternoon of a  variety of music inspired by the Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music its founder Pandit Abhijit Banerjee as well as Daniel Hirtz and the members of his West African Drum Jam Ensemble.

This yearly concert has gained lots of popularity because of the variety and quality of music people have experienced.

Not only do we regularly feature great masters of Indian music we also showcase our upcoming talent from the world of Indian Tabla – the ever more popular Indian percussion instrument. This year we also will include African percussion with Daniel Hirtz and a dedicated group of students. It has been the desire of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee to expand the Dhwani Academy beyond Indian parcussion and Tabla into new realms of international percussion. With Daniel Hirtz now being part of the Dhwani faculty that dream is slowly coming true. This year our focus will be on West-African drumming and we will perform music that bring both traditions together.

Featured Artist Joining us:
Pandit Sandip Ghosh  – Vocal
Pandit Abhijit Banerjee – Tabla
Seema Gulati – Sitar
Jyotiprakas Mistri – Tabla

Students of Tabla Ensemble

African Drum Jam Ensemble:
Daniel Hirtz – Tabla, Djembe, Percussion
Ved Narayan – Tabla, Djembe, Percussion
Saaketh Narayan – Tabla, Sangpan, Percussion
Dashmesh Khalsa – Djembe, Didgeridoo
Carol Benwell – Djembe, Dun Dun
Valerie Handlers – Djembe, Percussion
Seti Gershberg – Djembe, Percussion
Lavinia Struble – Kinkeni, Percussion

WHEN
WHERE
Burton Barr Central Library – 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – View Map
TICKETS
https://dhwanimasters.eventbrite.com – $15
Contact: Daniel Hirtz (480) 235-8993
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Holistic Tuning – Free Introduction Workshop

Holistic Tuning – Free Introduction Workshop
at the A Mindfulness Life Center

Saturday, March 26th – 3 to 5 PM.

I have developed this over the last 30 years and put a lot of love, dedication and patience into it. The early versions came from a lot of trial and error work me teaching rhythm, bodywork and drumming at a very bold and innovative theater and acting training center in Vienna, Austria.

It is through that experimental work that I discovered the power of conscious breathing and began my life long journey into the depth of breath – it’s still going!

I have challenged myself over and over again to find something else that is equally effective at dissolving the tensions that keep us from feeling vibrant in our bodies, emotionally fluid and opening to the deeper realities of our lives. This work has come back to me again and again.

Holistic tuning is a form of active meditation that enables participants to dissolve and integrate short and long term tensions that keep them from perceiving the wholeness they are at the core of their being. Holistic tuning is a modern multi-dimensional practice that addresses the needs of people living in our fast-paced, stress filled world.

Holistic tuning is holistic by utilizing the synergistic effect of several modalities simultaneously:

  • Conscious breathing
  • Rhythmical movement – a form of basic dance
  • Visceral connection between participants through synced breath, movement and sound
  • The sound and vibration of our voices together – a rudimentary form of singing that has a proven deep effect on our self-awareness
  • Conscious connection – “the whole is more than the sum of its parts”.
  • Energy awareness – shared awareness of our individual and collective energy flow
  • Silence, stillness and meditation

In this introduction I will explore each of the above modalities in greater depth and share his experience with this work over the last 30+ years.

This is followed by a short holistic tuning session that will give participants a tangible experience of this work.

I developed Holistic Tuning inspired by my work as a musician, teacher of conscious connected breathing and energy awareness. Check out my story here: http://danielhirtz.com/about-daniel-hirtz/

Holistic Tuning - Free Introduction Workshop

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Daniel with Mindful Drumming on TV!

I am excited to share with you that I was on local TV here at ABC Channel 15!

During the interview Donne Ruko told me that the word “Mindfulness” recently dramatically rose in popularity and that she is particularly interested in mindful drumming. That helped me to better formulate what I do in my drum classes and events. It’s mindful drumming! I love it! Click on the image below to watch the clip:

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Drumming Your Way to Better Health

I would love to hear from you! What do you think?

If you want to experience what mindful drumming is like I host a mindful drum circle once a month on the third Sunday from 4 to 6 PM at A Mindful Life Center in Scottsdale. Scroll down on that page to find the event.

Please also check out the sessions and classes I offer by Sessions and Classes and Drumming Sounds on Meetup for upcoming events.

 

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Sacred Economics – We are in the business of creating a miracle…

…in fact anything less is not even worth going for” – Charles Eisenstein

This deeply resonates with me and I am in 100% support of this. What do you say?

This short film by Ian MacKenzie highlights just a few ideas Charles Eisenstein has to share. If you’re interested in learning more and getting to more of the solutions, you might wanna take a look-see at his book, “Sacred Economics.” True to his belief system, he even gives it away for free online.

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Meeting of the Masters

Please join me for a free concert next Sunday at the Ekta Mandir temple in Phoenix. This will be quite an experience with a mix of students and masters of Indian music. I will be performing a piece with combining didgeridoo and tabla. See you there!

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Save the internet

I am not sure about how many people actually realize how much we depend on a free and open internet. It seems all our commons are under attack and I am for extending them rather than making them smaller. The internet is our modern noosphere and we have responded to the new threat of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his plan to kill Net Neutrality with lots of energy. Let’s keep going! And YES, signing an online petition makes a difference!

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