Having worked with a variety of ayurveda health coaches over the past few years, I have come to appreciate the deep wisdom that comes from this ‘science of life.’ My goal has been to complement traditional medicine by understanding how to better cooperate with my body’s natural, divine design.
I quickly discovered how drastically my habits conflicted with the circadian rhythms of our lives. From the pace of my life, to the foods I consumed, to the distractions that equated to ‘going through the motions,’ it was no wonder that I felt uneasy. When we no longer align with circadian rhythms, problems arise.
We live in a culture moving at record speed without pause, and mix-messages darting at us from every angle. Yet, the twenty-four hour circadian rhythm that birthed creation lifetimes ago is the same twenty-four hour cycle for all human beings today that is directly connected to healthy body heart rhythms. Our bodies always keep score; our biography becomes our biology.
We simply cannot realign with our life, or notice when we need to make a shift, without regular reflection or tuning in to the here and now. Our space, time, and activities rarely wind down, let alone make time for daily reflections and self adjustments. We long for joy, but refuse to pause long enough to notice what is actually zapping the joy right out of our lives. Our minds are wrapped in the mental traps of regret, fear, and low self-esteem, and we rarely redirect our thoughts to write the next story.
When we repress the emotions, the mental ruts reinforce negative record keeping and limit joy making. When we process our thoughts and emotions, especially the painful moments of suffering, we welcome the opportunity to digest and learn from these experiences. This process literally burns the stuck stagnant energy off, creating fuel for God’s next chapter or season in our life.
Here’s your invitation. Before you go to bed tonight, take a few moments to review your day – hour by hour – encounter by encounter. Who did you talk to? How did you feel? What actions did you take (or avoid)? What emotions arose throughout the day?
Celebrate with gratitude the joys and hopeful things that occurred. Also, notice if any regret appears. Perhaps there was an email, text message, or verbal response where you wished you “hadn’t said that,” or you wish you “had reached out, or done (fill in the blank).” Rewrite the experience for next time with a more helpful response, such as “I could have said (fill in the blank),” or “Next time, I will not miss the opportunity to (fill in the blank).”
This brief reflection process paves the way to digest the difficult experience while giving yourself a forward-visioning path to rewrite your thinking patterns. You are learning from today and giving insights to tomorrow.
So, beloved community, it is possible to evolve your thoughts and update the equivalent of the brain’s technology system. I hope you will stay tuned to future blog posts and podcasts to learn even more. In the meantime, keep inhaling God’s love, and exhaling all that does not serve you.
Breathing in Christ together,
Deacon Marsha Roscoe