Probably my favorite tool for meditation and magick work is drumming. I find the right rhythm lifts my spirits, raises my energy, makes me want to dance, or induces a trance state that helps with meditation.
While having a bodhran (Celtic drum) to beat on is ideal, you can create your own drum out of any old empty popcorn or cookie tin. (Yes, I know it’s difficult, but you have to eat the snack first.) Try different patterns while walking around your altar or just spinning, going faster as you feel the energy rise.
To see what I mean, watch this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNQjaUiqQ6g&feature=player_embedded
and see if you don’t find yourself wanting to join in like the whirling dervishes of Sufi. (Even the puppy gets caught up in the energy!)
To raise energy for everything from a workout to working a spell, give this a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNpU4FiCPUE&feature=related
Try surfing for a sound that works for you – everyone dances to the beat of a different drummer!