It appears like the proper method to spend a chilly winter’s evening.
A heat, darkish, cozy room, soothing music and a heat cup of cacao — wait, cacao? Not cocoa?
Sure, you learn that accurately. In Mesoamerica, drinks made from cacao, the unroasted seed of the cacao plant, have been utilized in sacred ceremonies for hundreds of years.
One such ceremony happened at Stella Maris Yoga on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 14.
“Sound healer” Lori Fitzpatrick and flutist Skip Waite introduced “therapeutic vibrations” to the Cranberry Freeway yoga studio, performing historic music as visitors sipped their cacao.
Fitzpatrick performs the shruti field (an Indian instrument just like a harmonium), Himalayan steel bowls, gongs, crystal bowls, drums and numerous devices utilized by indigenous peoples from around the globe, primarily South America.
“It releases stress and stress in your physique,” she stated. “It improves immunity, decreases blood strain and improves your total state of well being and well-being. You allow feeling tranquil.”
Fitzpatrick’s husband Mike Balonis stated that cacao and music work collectively properly.
“In a non secular approach, it opens you up emotionally,” he stated concerning the drink, which has a powerful, bitter taste earlier than sweetening is added. “In a bodily approach, it’s actually good on your circulation. It’s a heart-opener.”
Waite, who labored on the Outdated Firm Retailer for 10 years earlier than his retirement, made flutes out of wooden earlier than he began taking part in them.
“They appeared like enjoyable to me!” He stated. “And right here I’m, nonetheless making them.”
At first, he carved the flutes from branches, splitting them down the center and carving them from the within.
This was a tough and time-consuming course of. When requested how he managed to make such flutes sound good, he merely stated, “Luck.”
These days, he will get the items he wants from a lumber mill in Mattapoisett.
He needed to play the flutes as a way to tune them, ensuring that they produced the correct notes based mostly on the scale of their holes.
“A variety of the time you needed to fill them in and begin over once more,” he stated.
Tuning the flutes brought on him to fall in love with their sound.
“It’s an eerie sound, is it not?” He stated. “With no amplifier.”
Waite is self-taught. His musicianship is “90% by ear,” taking part in tunes that he is aware of by coronary heart. Albums of his Native American and Tibetan flute music have been on the market.
Through the ceremony, Fitzpatrick requested individuals to write down down what they wished to carry onto all year long, in addition to what they wished to let go.
“Coming collectively in ceremony is a method to separate ourselves from on a regular basis life,” she stated. “We’re going to honor cacao tonight.”
Fitzpatrick gave Waite a glass of cacao.
“Is there any Scotch in it?” he joked.
It was Sue Fraser’s first cacao ceremony. She felt that the ceremony would assist her develop into extra non secular and steadiness her tasks at work and at dwelling. She stated that the cacao tasted unhealthy till she added some sugar, however she loved the ceremony and would do it once more.