rhythm.

a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.

How would you describe the rhythm of your ordinary day? 

How much control do you have over the rhythm of your body? heart beat? breath? energy flow? movement? 

Is your rhythm one that sets the baseline for others to resonate to, or do you resonate with other, more dominant, forceful rhythms?

Is there a difference between internal rhythm and external rhythm? Is there a preference? Do you feel more balanced, and in control, when you set the tone?

Is there one rhythm? If you think of uni-verse as one song, is there an underbelly that sets the pace, the tone, the vibration of an infinite and eternal rhythm of well-being? 

I was listening to a recorded interview on body awareness this week. Renee Jain (creator of GoZen! – social and emotional skill building for kids) interviewed Emiliya Zhivotovskaya (founder of The Flourishing Center in NYC) about calming the body to calm the mind. 

The nugget I took away from the interview was simple, and the simplicity instantly shifted my understanding of rhythm, and how it is the resonance of balance and well-being.

Emiliya referenced her experience working with those who are symptomatic of ‘big feelings’ (anxious, depressed, angry, irritable, etc). She said that often they can’t explain how they feel with logical thought, but they can say what it feels like inside their body. So in response to this, she treats the body – where the symptoms are showing up.  She uses simple, rhythmic movements to directly soothe the rhythm of energy in the body, and bring it back into balance.

She talked about completing the stress cycle. She says that when we create stress in our minds by the story we tell (often rooted in fear and uncertainty), we don’t complete the cycle of stress – we don’t move the energy/hormones released when the body response is triggered by the mind (think:  animals run, fight, tremble or shake, and then resume a balanced state when the threat has passed). That stagnant energy creates symptoms, or discomfort. It needs to be moved.

Subtle, rhythmic movements (this can be as simple as moving breath) create a soothing sensation that is enough to return the cells to a balanced state.

Move. Notice. Is there a shift? Does the story you tell soften and begin to match the beat of your being? If you notice this shift, can you bring intention to create more of this? Why wouldn’t you?

Self-Care: Caring about yourself enough to practice skills, tools, and strategies that allow you to access the whole of who you are. It feels good. Why? Because it is good.

In the organ of the heart, each cell is beating continuously. If we were to dissect the heart, each cell would continue to beat by itself. As soon as we put these cells together with other heart cells (as on a microscope slide), the cells shift their rhythm so that they are pulsating together. They enter a state of rhythmic resonance. By tuning into our heart beat, we tune ourselves into the resonance with the core rhythm of our organism and the rhythm of the world around us. 

Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith, Ph.D.