Nature’s rhythms

Put simply, rhythm is fundamental to wellbeing. It is the keynote of nature. 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 too 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 occurring phenomena, but also as archetypal processes, metaphors and symbolic influences.

Below is a brief description of the roles I believe each of these energies play 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 behaviour 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 we 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, but this isn’t a mental exercise. It’s not a frog-march intellectually. To familiarise 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 one that’s in harmony with life’s natural patterns and sequences of energy. To do this requires an awareness of the constantly changing equilibrium at play, while allowing each idiosyncratic, poetic movement to guide us. [Sounds ‘mentally’ hard but when you’re ‘it’ in frequency, 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 re-orientate ourselves to the natural world so the digital, artificial one doesn’t become our default playing field. And we don’t attempt to live well just for our own sake. We dwell within a collective responsibility to the larger whole. When we embody and express our essential humanity we naturally flourish and prosper as individuals.