Life is not linear – we live in CYCLES
by Jenny Ellis
What does this mean for our everyday lives, and for our ability to resurrect ourselves back from exhaustion and burn out to the vitality and wholeness we are born with?
With the passing of days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, and millennia we time-stamp life, and so assume we are moving forward in a linear fashion.
Ponder the fact that, every single day we actually go around the sun. The sun does not actually rise in the morning or set in the evening - we move around the sun - day after day, millennia after millennia. It is only our position in relation to the sun, that determines whether we are experiencing Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring.
So, if we are cycling around and around the sun, then we continuously move back to the same point, every day. This is a simple truth, but something we don’t stop to reflect on. As each day passes by, we make it our ‘past’, as we move to the next.
And so, if each day is a constantly repeating day, it means we cannot avoid the impact today from the previous day we lived, as we are part of a continuous repeating cycle around the sun.
How do cycles relate to our health and wellbeing?
We live in cycles and there are times we are called to be in repose, which is to rest deeply and restore, and other times to be in motion – the activity of what’s needed during the day.
Our bodies inherently know that daytime is to work, and night-time is to rest and rejuvenate. Our bodies are obedient to these cycles, letting us know when we are out of sync with this natural rhythm of day and night.
Something key to understand is that the QUALITY we feel ourselves in during a day is determined by the quality of the repose we managed the night before. That means if you sleep poorly, sleep too long, sleep too short, burn the candle at both ends and don’t sleep till very late, then it will be much harder to function at your best the following day.
Our ability to sustain our natural energy levels, our clarity and awareness, our responsiveness to what life brings, our sense of joy, well-being, our capacity to manage stressful situations, to have understanding, to observe life rather than getting caught up in it… are all determined by the QUALITY we find ourselves waking up in each day.
Understanding this cycle is key in being able to support ourselves to rebuild and sustain the true vitality and wellbeing we are capable of enjoying.
Four tips to support yourself with the Quality of your Repose:
1. Ensure you wind down from the day.
Respect that the body has done its day’s work and is now needing to prepare to rest deeply. Go about things in a gentle way, avoiding excessive stimulation and gauge what activities allow this wind down to occur. Small adjustments made consistent, day after day can bring great rewards.
2. Establish a bedtime routine that prepares you and your body for deep rest.
You might like to shower, take a bath, tidy your room, draw back your bed, sit with a cuppa, connect with your partner, light a candle, settle in bed with a book, prepare your clothes for the next day and so on. It’s individual, so find whatever works to support you to feel settled and ready for a deep and restful sleep.
3. Bring completion to the day. Complete things that call for it. For those things that can’t be completed, acknowledge what was done, draw the line and know the rest is for another day. Procrastination and incompletion are disturbing for the body and create unrest. Our bodies are designed to work throughout the day, so to avoid what is there to do, leads to lack of settlement at night. Understanding this supports us to make choices to complete what we can, in the timing being offered for us to do so.
4. Doing the Gentle Breath Meditation (TM ) before going to sleep, supports us to reconnect to ourselves and our body, allowing settlement and ease. From this state, entering a more restful sleep is natural and occurs more readily than if we remain in the stimulation and raciness of our day.
Link to Gentle Breath Meditation: