The beating of your heart sustains your life.
How can it get more important than that?
Well, there’s living and then there’s living. I think you’re with us at IAM Heart because you aspire to more than simply making it through life; you want to unfold your potential, becoming the great being that you truly are.
The key to doing this, in every single area of life, from your health and fitness, relationships with loved ones and friends, and career and accomplishments, is rhythm.
But modern life has cut us off from the rhythms that sustain us in many important ways.
- In contrast to the past, few of us work in ways that bring us into direct contact with the natural rhythms of the seasons. Farming did this in the past, but not many people are farmers in the industrialized world.
- Most of us live in cities these days, and we spend a lot less time outdoors, causing us to easily lose track of dawn and dusk, the cycle of the moon, and the movements of the stars and planets. (Many of us live in areas with so much artificial light, that the stars can barely be seen on a clear night.)
- Cities also make it possible to ignore nature’s rhythms of rest and activity, increasing the pace of life and making that pace unsustainable.
We don’t seek to go back to some idealized past. But for all these reasons, we need a method of restoring our sense of rhythm, one that we can always have, no matter what circumstances we encounter, a method that has the power to keep that rhythm strong and stable, even if we ourselves decide to disrupt it.
The most powerful method that I know of for creating inner and outer rhythm is Heart Rhythm Meditation. Breathing in tune with your heartbeat (e.g. 8 beats in, 8 beats out), brings all parts of your life into a dynamic, rhythmic balance.
I’d love to hear about your challenges and successes keeping your rhythm. Please share comments below.
Yours in the One Heart,
P.S. Puran and Susanna’s book Living from the Heart has a great deal of practical advice and insight on the nature of rhythm.