Honouring your ebb and flow

May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

I love weekend mornings when everyone is sleeping and the house is still and quiet. I make my coffee downstairs and sit on the couch as I sip the hot, bitter liquid whilst I write in my journal.

In the pause between sips, I stop and listen to the quiet: the magpies warbling, the refrigerator humming, the kitchen clock’s ticks and tocks. Through the Edwardian window, the silver morn brightens, the white birch’s weeping fronds sway in the breeze.

Beyond the brick walls that surround me, the rattle and hum of a passing car and scraping of the plastic bumper on bitumen as it takes the speed hump too fast.

Beyond the neat rows of houses, the steady stream of traffic rolls along the freeway 1 kilometre away.

I listen to the outside for only a moment then bring my attention back inside where I dwell. To this quiet and stillness, a soothing place to rest, savor and rejuvenate.

Sometimes this world is just too busy for me — its rhythm doesn’t match my own. Five days of flowing out into the world with only 2 days to ebb. This imbalance in ebb and flow makes my quiet time so much more important to me. I must drink from it all that I can to recharge my physical and creative energy.

Many years ago, I thought that sitting in silence and doing nothing other than paying attention to what was around me a waste of time because life is for doing and it is wasted if you’re not being productive. I even thought that writing words that might only ever be seen by my own eyes a waste of time, a waste of life. I am so grateful that I know better now.

Being is everything.

When I stop moving and bring my attention to my being, to my inner self, I align with my spirit; I touch what is sacred and the quality of my life changes. I am filled with peace, beauty and gentle bliss. And I don’t want to live my life any other way.

So dear one, I gift you these questions:

  • How are you living your life?
  • What is your natural rhythm?
  • How much do you ebb and how much do you flow?
  • Do you need to spend a lot of time alone or in nature to recharge? Or does work and socialising energise you?
  • Are you living in alignment with your natural rhythm? If not, what could you change?
  • Do you need to spend some time in silence? Do you need to move your body and energy and shake it all off? Can you take 10 minutes to do that now?

Everything in life has its own rhythm: sunrise, sunset; moon rising, setting, waxing, waning; seasons, tides, birthing and dying; bears hibernate; snakes and lizards shed skin, bats sleep by day. We each dance, speak and move in our own individual style unique to our energy and spirit.

Many of us have been taught a way of being in the world that differs from our true nature and rhythm. It’s time to claim it back.

With love and courage,

Kym xx


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