Nature flows in cycles and so do we. There are many cycles and each has its own heartbeat and rhythm. And as each cycle beats to its own rhythm, they weave in and out of other cycles in a beautiful dance.
Getting to know Gaia’s natural rhythm and how one’s own natural rhythms fit into it can be challenging in these times of busyness. Our society has moved so far away from nature that we no longer realize that we are a part of it. In the bigger picture of all that transpires in nature we are small part of it and yet we have a big impact. Getting to know the natural rhythm is not only essential to our own wellbeing but that of all of nature.
In exploration of how my dance flows into the bigger picture, I am learning to discover my own cycles. One such cycle is the yearly cycle based on the seasons, equinoxes, solstices and midway points. I have discovered that from the spring equinox (Ostara) to the fall equinox (Mabon), I am full of energy and highly connected and from the midway point of fall and winter (Samhain) to the midway point of winter and spring (Imbolc) my energies drop and my soul pulls within.
The period I am full of energy is a time of full expression. I can take all that I have learned and teach it to the world. In the time of going within is a time to alchemize everything that I have learned and all that I gain in the winter dreaming, into the offshoot for my next cycle of full expression. And as I learn to honour these cycles, I am more easily able to flow in their rhythms and gain all of the wisdom they offer. And this year added extra potency as I turned 50. This adds a new cycle overlapping the calendar cycles and so far has been very interesting to see how they dance together.
So how do you get to know your own cycles? First you need to breathe and slow down. Get into your heart and connect to the heartbeat of the universe. Next be aware as you move through your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly life. Notice what goes on within you and honour it all.
Getting to dance with Gaia is a necessity we have forsaken. Returning to and syncing with the heartbeat of our planet is the key to the well being of all. I have so much gratitude to my teachers who have pointed the way in my leading to my personal discoveries. I hope that this article is a step towards this goal for you so that you too may dance with Gaia’s rhythms.