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Clementine is a writer and musician living in San Francisco. In this podcast, she reads entries in the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, in which she connects her spiritual practice with her life as a drummer in hard rock bands. Clementine teaches meditation and offers energy healing at www.awakeningthetrueself.com. For more on her music career, visit www.clemthegreat.com.
 
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From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I am missing the meditation hall and its stillness. The hall I am imagining is the one at the Vipassana retreat center near Yosemite. The sound of the small gongs wake me at 4:30. I walk through foggy darkness, following shadows of the other meditators making their way. S…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece. http://blissanddrumming.com/2021/03/the-question-of-not-enough/ ‎***I settled into life without the scramble of the constant travel of my music career. In the new stillness, I recognized within me a welling up, a kind of panic of not doing enough, not getting enough done. W…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clem reads this piece.***I have spoken to many people during the pandemic who have made the best of the situation, and who feel guilty about the fact they are doing ‘okay.’ Our society has become a place in which to say that all is well makes us feel ignorant or guilty. I think it is important for us t…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***A young man started showing up late nights, a sleight of hand artist who would entertain the patrons with card tricks. I’m not sure he was quite 21 years old. He was quiet and pale, with a sweetness to him. His talent was astonishing. The customers would get overwhelmed w…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***How often do we get to find ourselves going where it is we want to go, with freedom from judgment? There is discernment of course, this sounds better to us than that, but so much of creative work is letting go of the internal rule follower, the inner judge, and just letti…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I spend a lot of time thinking about the ways in which human consciousness is transforming. For one thing people even a generation back didn’t grow up with the idea of “global community.” This concept is new in my lifetime. Once we were connected, first through the ease o…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I recently read The Hidden Messages of Water, about the scientist who began analyzing the effect of the energetic environment on crystals in water. If you haven’t seen these studies, you can pull up the images online and see the beautiful snow flake patterns of the sentim…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***The drum begins. I begin my journey on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific. Rolling grassy hills, the coastline rippling side to side, and the big birds delighting in the marine updraft. There is an opening to a cave there, to my left. The first time I entered this cave, a w…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I love a band. Being one of a small group forging a way through the landscape, experiencing days and nights together. The intangible connection outsiders intuit. The mystery of the moment after everything has been loaded and the van door shuts and what happens as we drive…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I’ve been thinking about power lately, as I watch the world struggle. To begin such a conversation, I can only reference what I know. So who better to illustrate my thoughts about power than John Bonham.Bonham was a powerful drummer, no question. He was powerful in all th…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***For the most part, the past week of quarantine has looked much the same as it has for the past couple of months. The preponderance of birds, riotous flower bloomings, quiet streets. Then, a warm spell in San Francisco sending folks out to the parks.Overnight, it seems tha…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***My window seat lives in this little porch room off the kitchen. I imagine that one day the whole room will topple over in an earthquake, set on stilts as it is. We’ve got bedrock beneath us, and the house has weathered such rattling since the early 1900s, but still, I hav…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I know I keep remarking on this, but the birds in the gardens outside my window are really going to town again, under the paused skies of the early morning storm. 6AM is our time, the pug and me. We’re fortunate that built into this small apartment is enough room for soli…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***It was funny, really, and later it brought to mind the article we had both read about the spike in divorce rates after the quarantine was lifted in China.We had to venture out to the laundry. Harsh words were spoken after perceived carelessness. Then, escalation after a r…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***We deep clean the house. We retrieve things from storage to sell. Now that we are out of work for months we start thinking about things to off-load in order to keep the lights on. We make tense financial plans. I order dry goods for just in case. We check in with family a…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***This is where I’ve arrived with it all: peace, love, one-heart, common ground. A belief that separateness keeps us enemies, keeps us trapped in our suffering, keeps us simmering in a despairingly low vibration, keeps us choosing war and hatred. You and I are of the same c…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I have reflected some times, where the hell am I trying to go so fast? I have to be the first one anywhere, and where am I eventually going? Do I really want to be first? There is a vivid, funny memory in my mind of sitting in a living room with a group of children, and t…
 
From her blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I also see this in the people I work with. I see that sometimes they don’t even realize that the patterns of misery they are caught have gradually let go in subtle ways, and when I ask after a few sessions about these old ways of being, it’s almost as if they’re surprised…
 
As a special edition of the Bliss and Drumming podcast, Clementine reads this piece, recently published at https://memoirmag.com/nonfiction/laguna-main-by-clementine-moss/.***Sharona bleats from a nearby radio and I close my eyes and imagine Sharona, object of adoration. I imagine Jim Morrison, on a beach with a guitar, writing about his LA woman. …
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I want to say that opening oneself to be vulnerable feels like flying. First you have to push yourself out of the plane, out of the open door through the barrier of fear: fat and sappy and dumb and weak. But once you get over the ledge, once you think, you know what? Hang…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***A funny thing happened during a recent weekends of shows. An unease settled on me, and I felt myself raw and overly sensitive to the slights of others. Maybe it had to do with the heat and humidity of the Midwest weather, or maybe I’ve just been alone too much for a while…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I, too, realized, as I sat on my little cushion with the dog snoring nearby, that I had nothing better to do than listen. I moved into the song, getting closer and closer, until I was inside of it, watching and listening in a way that was almost like being in the center o…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***After a while the park opens out into a long drive through the prairie. There is 2% of wild prairie left in the US and this is most of it. The sky is grey and the clouds low, and there is a long wooden walkway leading into the grass. We slip and slide on the ice out and o…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I have a fantasy of monastery life. The 10-day silent meditation retreats I participate in are exquisite, and for so long, when I’m tired and feeling lost, I imagine living at a retreat like Thomas Keating, meditating and writing until the end of days. That will always be…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***The week in Costa Rica led up to my birthday. The travel back involved many legs and different planes, and I spent the day curled up on the couch sleeping it all away. I felt the pull to do something special, but sleeping seemed to be what was called for on this birthday.…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***As she told me this, I flashed on remembering when I started learning drumming. When I started playing drums, I had that freedom of feeling that everything was possible. I had no intention of being a professional musician, so learning drums was just interesting. It just o…
 
From the blog http://www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***The ideas of popular culture aren’t the way real people live their lives. I think we’re all pretty aware of that, and becoming more aware of it daily. Our stereotypes dissolve when we interact, when we open our hearts and see into everyone’s personal struggles to belong. …
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this track: http://blissanddrumming.com/?p=599***I had a dream in which I was bathed in the white ash of a fire, the ash caked on like clay. A drum started, and with each beat of the drum, parts of me fell away with the ash, old debris, old ideas, old attachments. Each drum vibration rattled …
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming, Clementine reads this piece.***So now, here I sit having to confront this new form in video recording. Self-compassion has been part of my practice, and it is paying off in that at times I am able to just observe this person here on tape as someone to whom I give love as I work. I know her struggles and the years…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***The Drover is like a cave, with low ceilings, brick walls and round stucco fireplaces built randomly into small rooms. The lighting is yellow and warm, and the chairs are low wooden ones with rounded backs that set you perfectly to the table. There is a vaguely Spanish feel in t…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I know it’s worse for the person on the back bench, and any sudden brake will wake her. The van is a cradle I’m trying not to rock. As I drive I keep noticing when I get overly tense, and I feel my arms and hands clenched and heavy. When this happens, I take long deep breathes, …
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***It’s funny how naming something, really sitting and allowing the pain to rise and give it space and form, it’s funny how much gets released. In fact, when I look at how I felt then and how I feel now, I see just how much I’ve let go, just how much lighter my outlook. I sat in th…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece. image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aussiegall/ ***And what kind of limitations do we project on others in order to keep ourselves feeling safe and knowing? I had a dear friend once who was 30 years older than me, and I was a chameleon, changing daily in my direction. Ever…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***It’s an intangible thing, this feeling of belonging to place. I have always reveled in being peripatetic, and my life as a musician is a glory to that. For years I have traveled down roads and spent time in cities new to me. I have played in all states but one, and as I arrive i…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***First off I will say, so there’s no misunderstanding, I love you. This is not love that needs something from you, or is some sort of burden or expectation you need to carry around with you. I love you with our common heart. Common molecules, common history, common planet, common…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece. Photo by Frank Ranney.***I see awakening as remembering to remember. My heart is open, I am an infinite being, the ground of consciousness that I am is expanded and perfect. If I could just remember this, all the time, then I would live in bliss. It’s this bouncing back and forth …
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I will say that when I found drumming, it connected with something so deep it was different than anything else. As if I had stumbled on a language that went beyond language, and yet one I just understood without learning. I have played drumbeats that felt like they were coming t…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***When I first arrived 18 years ago I saw pretty clearly that one day the little town would become a quaint art community in the middle of suburban sprawl, and that’s what is happening, as Omaha has annexed its Western edge and development is razing the 20 miles of cornfield that …
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***We think of that neutral field of awareness as a kind of zombie-like state, with no feeling, but it is exactly the opposite. We feel every bliss and anxiety fully, and yet the neutrality comes in allowing these things to pass through without getting caught on them, without invit…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***I was thinking about perspective this weekend, on the road with the band for shows in Reno and Tahoe. Something has happened to Reno, Nevada. I remembered it as dusty and desolate place. This time, I found it thriving, with lovely stores and diverse cuisine and new places going …
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece.***We get injured and what rises up is stronger and more reliable than any structure that we have depended on before. We must be the most beautiful we can be at all times, until we are on TV with the world watching, our naked body riddled with bug bites and dirt and pus. It’s all b…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece: http://blissanddrumming.com/2018/06/awakening-the-cosmic-joke/.***Music provides a great illustration of this. I am on stage, playing drums in front of an audience. My thoughts float through as I play the song: the stick in my hands, the flutter of worry about something tricky com…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming, Clementine reads this piece.***I spoke to my mentor, who asked me to do something very simple. Close my eyes, fall into my heart. Think of playing music and see how it feels.I closed my eyes. Leaping into my vision was Clem, behind the drums. The vision was shining, sparkling, electric. I felt an overwhelming sen…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this piece: ***Of course, as I experienced Cuba and this different way of seeing the world, I realized that everything I see, I see through my own history and DNA and bias, and that nothing I see exists the way I think it does. I am a political moron, a humanity-lover and a cosmic idealist. I…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this selection: http://blissanddrumming.com/2017/12/little-levitation-little-rock-roll/ ?.***The shows last weekend included long drives at the beginning and the end. I drove nine hours up to Eugene on Wednesday, and then 11 hours from Portland on Sunday. At the last minute before the trip, I…
 
From the blog www.blissanddrumming.com, Clementine reads this post: http://blissanddrumming.com/2017/11/rock-addled-brain-goes-repeat/. She also mentions www.awakeningthetrueself.com***Years ago, I spent some time meditating on on my inner critic, and an image of a woman in a gray suit and a tight bun on her head emerged. I have no idea where the i…
 
From the blog www. blissanddrumming.com, this piece is read by Clementine. She also references www.awakeningthetrueself.com***What a profound teaching. As we go through the world, the mind is constantly judging: looking backward to see how Now compares, looking forward to anticipate what might come. Every moment is judged with past or future, and e…
 
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