Rhythm is fundamental to well-being. It is the keynote of nature. It’s not just a sign of life—it is life.
The cycles of nature guide our lives, and their wisdom can be our wisdom, too. We often forget that our body is part of the body of the universe, and so when we reference, integrate, and live the movements of the cosmos within our own selves, our lives take on the same natural flow.
Seasonal, circadian, lunar, and tidal forces influence our lives in profound ways— if only we can let them in and trust their intelligence. Nature isn’t to be conquered or controlled, only surrendered to. I work with these cycles not just as natural phenomena, but also as archetypal processes, metaphors, and symbolic influences.
Below is a brief description of the roles I believe each of these energies plays in our lives.
Seasonal: subdivisions of the year with noticeable changes in weather, ecology, and light, which invite acceptance and greater presence.
Circadian: physiology and behavior over a 24-hour period that encourages congruency and alignment.
Lunar: distinct phases of waxing and waning within an unchanging cycle that inspires reflection and appropriate phasing and pacing.
Tidal: the periodic rise and fall of large bodies of water, which promotes a state of effortlessness and flow.
Remembering that we, ourselves, are nature reconnects us to everything else. It returns us to our essence. Nature’s rhythms are the key to feeling in sync with life. This isn’t just a mental exercise. It’s not an intellectual frog-march. To familiarize ourselves with the flow of life—to feel the sea of energies— means allowing, not forcing. We “let” things bubble up and happen in their own unique timing, rather than forcibly “making” them happen according to our personality’s schedule. To connect to something deeper than ideas and concepts—to the source that powers life—requires presence.
When we’re flowing with the natural operating systems of this world, we’re traveling through life in a particular state of mind, energy, and manner. The quality of our experience of getting from A to B is infinitely enhanced when the path chosen is in harmony with life’s natural patterns and energy sequences. To choose such a path requires an awareness of the constantly changing equilibrium at play, while allowing each idiosyncratic, poetic movement to guide us. (This sounds “mentally” hard, but when you’re “in it” in frequency, it’s easy!) Only in this way can we confidently navigate the waters of life and witness the greater beauty that surrounds us.
It’s crucial to reorient ourselves to the natural world so the digital, artificial one doesn’t become our default playing field. We must not attempt to live well just for our own sake. We must dwell within a collective responsibility to the larger whole. When we embody and express our essential humanity, we naturally flourish and prosper as individuals.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #58.
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