Monday, April 30, 2007

seeking balance

Seek Balance by Stephanie Marrott
Seek Balance

Falling in line with natural rhythms, what does that exactly mean? For the last 3 years I have been trying to bring balance in my life and have observed the many rhythms that befall the earth and all living things and how much we are off sync with them.

according to wikipedia:

A circadian rhythm is a roughly-24-hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings, including plants, animals, fungi and cyanobacteria. The term "circadian", coined by Franz Halberg,[1] comes from the Latin circa, "around", and dies, "day", meaning literally "about a day." The formal study of biological temporal rhythms such as daily, weekly, seasonal, and annual rhythms, is called chronobiology.
In a strict sense, circadian rhythms are endogenously generated, although they can be modulated by external cues such as sunlight and temperature.

This would happen then every day, then there is the 365 day cycle of the earth. How do you balance with it?

In the last years I have observed little difference in our seasons, there are no clear cut off lines any more. My boys have no idea what coats are used for as the temperature stays quite high in winter, only a few frosty weeks per year if we are lucky.

Listening to Deepak Chopra in his audiobook Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, we can live harmoniously with this circadian rhythm by doing the following:
  • Get up at 6 am and go to sleep at 10 p.m.. Get up when the birds do and observe the activity cycle in the day. Build up work between 6 and 10 am, peak between 10 am and 2 p.m., slow down gradually between 2pm and 6 p.m..
  • Train our digestive system to have a bowel movement in the morning ( apparently you can do this).
  • By getting up at 6 am and starting your day this way you will optimise your energy levels. have a main meal at lunchtime when digestion is at its peak, slow down after lunch, have a 15 mins walk in the fresh air, drink plenty of water, meditate and after a light meal at 6 p.m., slow down by reading, listening to music. Take a milky drink before bedtime.
During night-time we would then be relaxing between 6 and 10, between 10 p.m. and 2 p.m. we would be in a deep sleep and between 2 and 6 we would be gradually waking up for optimum health and energy levels.
He also suggests that women slow down during moontime, as this is a time of purification and downward movement and that we should be allowing this to happen naturally.
That sounds great, very balanced in a way and I will give that a go ( even the bowel movement training...does that work I wonder?), and see whether I feel any different and more in tune with nature.

The next balancing act for me, means eating in season. As there is a time for every season, our bodies in principle would benefit from a variety of nutrients that appear in our locality when growing and harvesting conditions allow for it, and thus we too should be able to blend our physiological process with the environment that surrounds us. And when we dare do that, we would be buying locally, working locally and be in balance with our environment as well as helping nature balance itself back.
Can this practically be achieved? It used to when man was in balance with nature and his environment. Can we get back to that on some level?


littlejennywren said...

It is so much easier to live with your natural rhythms and with the earth's rhythms when you live a home based life rather than having to fit your life around the working world. Imagine trying to slow down during your moon phase if you work in a busy hospital for instance and have a family and home to care for.

Becca said...

I can say that number 2 on the list works for us. We're not sure if it's the coffee we drink or an actual trained response. Kind of funny, in a way.