Another Kind of Rhythm and Why It’s Important

by Asatar Bair on June 4, 2012

[Photo courtesy of Sunova Surfboards]

Rhythm is truly the foundation of health. When you eat, sleep, and work in rhythm — ideally one that is in tune with the rhythms of nature — you are so much more likely to be healthy and happy.

This is why rhythmic breathing is so vital for health. When you breathe in and out, making each part of the breath the same length and intensity, you create a healthy rhythm for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit, at the most fundamental level.

But there is another kind of rhythm that you might not be aware of which has a big impact on your emotional life: the rhythm of surrender and glorification. These are big emotions, that hold many other emotions within them, so allow me to explain a bit about what I mean.

Surrender is every experience and every feeling that takes you into the enormity of the power of the universe. When you feel that life is sweeping you along like a leaf on a mighty river, you are in touch with the emotion of surrender. It is best to go with it, see where it takes you. The state of surrender is often brought on by experiences that are painful, difficult, or challenging in some way, such as:

  • Grief,
  • Longing,
  • Disappointment,
  • or any emotion that takes you into the depth of your heart.

Surrender has tremendous value, which we often cannot see in the moment, because the experience is so difficult. Much of the pain of surrender has to do with resistance to it. Like so many of life’s lessons, we learn the lesson of surrender best when we give in to it, opening our heart to the experience.

Glorification is when you experience the power and glory of the universe through your own self. Rather than being swept along, you feel you are leading the way. You don’t need to yield to life, for life yields to you. The state of glorification is brought on by experiences that we generally think of as very positive, such as:

  • Accomplishing a desire,
  • Demonstrating a skill,
  • Succeeding,
  • Understanding something that had eluded you in a flash of insight,
  • or any emotion that takes you into the height of your heart.

You don’t need to be told that the state of glorification has value; it’s value is self-evident, because it feels awesome.

Perhaps you can see where this is going: life cannot be all glory. There is a rhythm to these emotions. When we ascend to the peak of the mountain, though we may look to the next peak which is even loftier, we know we will have to go into the valley to get there.

No one can jump from success to success without experiencing challenges, failures, and difficulties along the way, but the depth gives the height meaning and richness that it would not have otherwise. Another thing to recall if you are in a state of surrender — waves that fall to a deep trough will rise to a great height. Don’t give up hope; you will rise again.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have an experience of surrender or glorification to share? Please share a comment below.

Yours in the One Heart,


P.S. Susanna and Puran have an extraordinary discussion of surrender and glorification in their book Follow Your Heart: The Map to Illumination, pp 172-201.

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michelle Ly June 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

thanks for the tips. I certainly hope so. It is great consolation. I am at stage of surrender.

Asatar Bair June 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hi Michelle,
I’m glad this post was helpful. You should read Follow Your Heart. It has helped me to honor the process. Ultimately, each one of us has to go through it ourselves, in our own way. Thank you for your comment.

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