Sunday, August 30, 2009

Natural Rhythm

I started reading a book called 'The 12 stages of Healing: A Network Approach to Wholeness' by Donald Epstein. Parts of the book recap what I already know about healing but there are a few things that struck me enough to add them to my blog.

This small section of the book is talking about the natural rhythms of life like night and day, seasons, life and death, ocean tides, breathing pattern, human heart beat and cycles in the growth of plants. "The healing art of Qigong is based on understanding the rhythmic pulses of the energy body. If we look closely at our lives, we can see a subtle, natural rhythm in our intimate relationships, as well has rhythms that connect us to family and friends. These cycles are changing all the time."

How this relates to healing? "Suffering occurs when the rhythm of our thoughts and actions is incompatible with the greater rhythm of our bodies and with the greater natural rhythms of life. When these rhythms cannot work in harmony for the growth and betterment of self, then suffering develops. Through suffering we are able to experience an amplification of the rhythm that is ignored, repressed or denied of energy. Suffering is what makes us aware-even if not consciously- that are actions and thoughts are not in harmony with the greater rhythms that guide our lives."

This post may seem fairly open-ended but I hope to add to it. Mostly, I just wanted to share something I found interesting.


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