Finding Your Own Rhythm

I have been thinking a lot lately about finding your own rhythm. We often are so involved with the outside rhythms of work, school, meetings, family commitments, etc. that we don’t even know what our own rhythm is. Personally, what I am searching for is balance. A balance between my meaningful work, my play, my relationships, and my spirit. Sometimes that balance is tricky and I often get pulled by things with and for other people and forget to stay focused on my own plan. For those of you who know about life energies, I think that’s my high Aliveness and low Workability.

So, the challenge is to find my own rhythm and still do the other things I need and want to do. It takes a fair amount of reflection and the ability to know what it is that I really want in my life. Then, it takes creating a plan for me that gives both structure and flexibility. I’m still working on it so I don’t actually have any pearls of wisdom today. And, perhaps it will always be a work in progress.

What I do know is that it is important to honor your own rhythms and see how you can incorporate them into your daily life. For instance, if you have a job that requires you to be there from 9-5 and you are a night person then you might create balance for yourself and stay up late on Friday and Saturday without guilt. You can start your day on Saturday and Sunday at noon or 1:00 because it fits your rhythm rather than the conventional pattern. If you are surrounded by lots of people during the week and you are a more solitary person you may take the weekend time to recharge your batteries and do some things alone to connect with yourself.

If you are a joiner and find yourself raising your hand to volunteer for every committee you may want to decide before you raise your hand if it is something you truly want to be involved in. It all depends on your rhythm and how you want to move in your life. If joining “fills you up”, then join. If joining depletes you then put your hand down for everything except what makes your heart sing. You get to decide what is your rhythm.

You may like to “graze” every three hours rather than eat the traditional three meals a day because it suits you. I say, go for it! Again, you get to say what works for you and your rhythm. And, sometimes it takes checking in with yourself on a regular basis to determine if you are simply going along with the status quo or if it’s your own flow, your own rhythm.

When you begin to tap into your inner knowing you will begin to find your rhythm, the one that suits you and makes sense to you. If you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious, or out of synch you may have gotten away from your own rhythm. We still have a life to live and schedules to keep that are created by the world at large, however when you begin to find your own rhythm you will notice a flow that you haven’t felt before. What is your natural rhythm?


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