Identifying the Cycle

I’ve been considering patterns, habits and maybe even ruts. Sometimes we can feel like we’ve put ourselves on a hamster wheel which just seems to go faster and faster until we completely fall off, land in a heap, and maybe even do some damage to our little hamster selves or the wheel we constructed on the way down. Then once we’ve recovered a little we get back on the wheel, forgetting what the outcome has been time and time again, and do it all again! It doesn’t seem like an ideal cycle to be in.

Cycles themselves are not bad things. In fact they are very natural. The moon (and tides), the seasons, women’s flow, sleep and digestion all constantly wave us through various states of cycle. All can also be interrupted or ignored if we try hard enough – which produces many problems for both ourselves and our environment. How fabulous does it feel to disregard your natual cycle of sleep? Or to interrupt your digestion with a shock or argument while eating? It’s the same principle that has brought us so out of alignment with our planet – our urban population has little degree of awareness of the earth’s cycles, such as the seasons and the moon – and our planetary body is feeling as if it has sleep deprivation and indigestion!

The key seems to be in identifying our cycles and respecting them. This may mean taking a proper lunch break at work so as not to eat while disturbed about the bothers of the day, or taking the time to get to bed earlier. Identifying the patterns of our minds and emotional habits is a bit more tricky. If we know we are falling off the hamster wheel every now and again a good place to look might be the crash. Be like a forensic investigator of your mind and go back to dig out the steps and thoughts that led to the crash. Then try to see how each crash is caused by similar circumstances and thoughts that resemble one another. Now here’s the hard part: starting to look forward and identify those thoughts, and their resemblances, on the way into the crash – for prevention rather than postmortem! Not easy at all. It takes presence of mind right when that is most challenging and an ability to observe rather than get caught up in the thoughts.

Good luck! Namaste πŸ™‚

About karen2202

I am writing my PhD on children's yoga and it's place within mainstream education. I am also a yoga teacher in Sydney, Australia.

Posted on October 13, 2011, in Meditation and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Identifying the Cycle.

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