GOT RHYTHM? 5.15.14

I stumbled upon the following quote today:

To move freely you must be deeply rooted. ~Bella Lewitsky

We long for many things, one of which is freedom. When I think of freedom, I think of lightness, expansion, unlimited possibilities, and an outpouring of love from my heart. Shackles off, heart open. I also imagine a steady stream of good health, a peaceful mind, and optimistic nature. While these qualities can feel far from our current state of stress individually and collectively, there are simple solutions we can implement to help us move out of the clouds and towards the sun.

Returning to Bella's words above, I sink deeper into the idea of being deeply rooted.

Rooted. Tree trunks. Nature.

In thinking about nature, I think about the idea of rhythm.

Rhythm is a regular, repeated pattern of sounds or movements. There's a natural, unquestionable, easeful, rhythm to nature. Do you ever find yourself wanting to head outdoors when you are feeling stressed? We are longing to reconnect with our naturalness.

At the deepest level, we are programmed to live and move in rhythm with nature. There is a rhythm to our bodies: The circadian rhythm, which refers to our bodies waking and sleep cycles (among other physiological processes) that flow in correspondence with the rising and setting of the sun. We are literally programmed to move with nature. However, modern life has moved us further and further away from this rhythm and its not serving us.

We live in a fast-paced society during stressful times. Individually, we rush through the day, consume caffeine, sugar and alcohol to manage our experience, eat irregularly, expose ourselves to highly stressful lifestyles, worry more than trust, push down our emotions and expect to sleep well at night and have good health.

Unfortunately and fortunately living out of rhythm brings its consequences. No one wants to feel terrible or take sleeping pills, but at the same time, symptoms are reminders for us to return to more natural rhythm and the resulting states of balance and good health that follow. Living in closer alignment to nature is a simple way to get grounded and create freedom.

To shift our rhythm, discipline and commitment are required and those are good qualities to cultivate. There's a doing--creating structure & completing tasks such as meditation or eating a meal, but there's also an undoing and letting be that's incredibly healing.

Ask yourself:

Where is there rhythm in my life?

What do I do regularly? When do I eat? Where are the patterns? How are they serving me? How do they make me and others feel?

Here are 5 general ways to create better health and more freedom through rhythm:

1. Practice Bio-circadian Nutrition (the science of when we eat).* We can shift our eating habits to better align with nature. For example, we should eat lunch between 12 -2:30 p.m. or when the sun is highest in the sky because that is when our internal fire--our metabolism is the strongest meaning digestion is strong and calorie burning is at it's fastest.

Add rhythm to your eating by implementing the following:

-Eat breakfast one hour within waking

-Eat lunch between 12-2:30 pm when the sun is highest in the sky.

-Eat dinner between 6-8 pm

-Avoid eating heavy foods or large meals before bed as they will interfere with your sleep and leave you feeling lethargic in the morning.

2. Shift your sleep cycle. Get to bed no later than 10:30 pm. Aim to do your best to go to bed around the same time every night. Our bodies are built for a 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. sleep pattern. The most regenerative form of sleep occurs between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

3. Take regular reset breaks. Take 1-2 15 minute relaxation breaks during the day to find balance and reset your nervous system. Checking Facebook doesn't count here. Stretch, walk outside, meditate, draw etc.

4. Get outside. Observe mother nature and notice her beauty and intelligence. Breathe in fresh air.

5. Dance--in your living room, in a club, in a class. Dance is a rhythmic practice and helps us get in touch with our bodies.

Let us all begin to embrace the natural rhythm of our bodies, our lives, and of who we are at our core.

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to hit reply. I would love to hear from you.


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