Cycling With Nature

March 16, 2018


Why do we feel so disconnected from our selves and from the natural world?  I observe this dissonance within myself and others all the time. It feels like there is something missing and in it’s place is a great longing that cannot be filled with material stuff.  In my observations there is a natural way of things that has been compromised by modernity.  A simplicity of eating when you’re hungry, sleeping when you’re tired, spending quality time with loved ones, making things with your hands and observing the natural rhythms of life.  We have built walls around ourselves and shut ourselves off.  About 20 years ago when I first started practicing yoga I became aware of just how disconnected and shut off I’d become.  I was so used to living by an external clock and other peoples schedules I didn’t even know what I was feeling anymore.  I had no idea who I was.  I think this existential crisis that I experienced is a common one and is the catalysis that transforms many people into seekers.  What is our true nature?  What does it feel like to live in harmony with the natural world?

One simple adjustment I made to feel more connected to the natural world was to start observing the natural cycles of life;  the sun rise and sun set, the seasons and the lunar cycles. Things like alarm clocks, ‘daylight savings’ and the current day ‘gregorian calendar’ keep us reliant on an artificial timekeeper that has nothing to do with our natural bio-rhythms.  Once you step back into the flow of nature and her cycles there is an instantaneous reconnection that opens you up to the greater world at large.

Develop a sun practice where you observe where the sun  in the sky and make special effort to be present during the rising and setting times.  Even if it’s just a momentary pause and recognition of the change from dark to light, or light to dark. Develop a moon practice where you observe the lunar cycle and pay particular attention to the times when the moon is new and when the moon is full.  Journal about your experiences and observations and as much as possible get outside everyday with your bare feet on the earth.  Opt for amber warm lights in your home and limit your exposure to blue light after sunset.  These small changes can make a huge impact on your life and bring about feelings of wellbeing, inner calm and connectedness.

I’ve developed a Women’s Mood Circle on Yogaglo which helps you to integrate your yoga practice with the cycles of the moon.  This course follows a lunar month and is packed with supportive practices to tap back into your creative flow.

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