Quietly beating within the background of your awareness is the first organ that developed inside the womb. Each beat carries the vital fluids and prana throughout your body. Your heart is a direct reflection of how things operate inside and out. So what does this organ have to teach you about living a healthy, balanced life in harmony with the world we share? Rhythm.

Take dancing with a partner for an example. You are either in rhythm with your partner which can be a beautiful flowing collaboration of connection, balance and harmony, or you are just trying to make it work piecing together each fragmented movement. To be alive and breathing on this drifting speck of dust we call Earth is the cosmic dance and the opportunity to experience true connection and vitality.

What is the cosmic dance?

We have evolved over the millennia to sleep at night and cary out daily life throughout the day. With todays advancement in technology, artificial lighting, and large scale agriculture, we are distancing ourselves from the bigger picture, from the larger outer rhythm. Our daily activities are becoming disruptive, complicating the flow of nature within us which is affecting how we perceive our relationship with the bigger picture of the planet and cosmos.

So lets dive in a little deeper.

Inner pulse

Everything in and around you is in a rhythm, so let’s begin with you and your body. Your body is encoded with wisdom — call it a divine or cosmic intelligence — governing you, me and our shared world. This is the supporting wisdom intelligently signaling your body to breath and your heart to beat.

Outer pulse

Throughout evolution, humans have been living in harmony with these cosmic rhythms. The larger rhythms around you such as the circadian (light and dark) cycle, seasonal cycle and lunar phases are among the biggest. These are the members of the divine orchestra reminding you when to sleep, eat, play and take time to do nothing at all.

Syncing the beats with dinacharya.

A regular practice of dinacharya promotes harmony within your bodily systems. Dinacharya is the synchronized daily routines from Ayurveda to maintain vitality. These practices are the holistic approach for a nourished body, balanced mind and connected spirit. Placing these routines with intention in your day helps to restore balance to your inner pulse and connection to the outer pulse.

Why it is important.

The relationship of your inner and outer pulse greatly influences the overall health and wellbeing you experience. Ayurveda is perhaps the oldest tradition exploring the relation of inner and outer connection. When I began to go deeper into Ayurveda and explore my relationship to nature, I had many questions. Why does an arhythmic schedule cause stress? What is the importance of sleep? How does eating out of the seasonal rhythms affect my meditation? And then something clicked.

We are nature. We are born into this beautiful cosmic dance and it is the choices we make that bring us deeper into or out of nature’s rhythms.

The roadmap for balance

To thrive as a human you need a balance between rest and activity. A balance between eating and digesting. So we look to the rhythmic structure of Ayurveda to guide us on the path to restoring a balanced, healthy life.

Are you familiar with the doshas? These are the three combinations of the five states of matter.

The doshas are the governing qualities on the human physiology, biorhythms and influence behind mental/emotional tendency. They represent the movement of the energy and are shown on the dosha clock. The dosha clock is the cyclical roadmap of the day focusing on what is happening in relation to the sunrise and sunset. The clock runs on two 12-hour cycles, each 12 hour cycle is divided with the three doshas. Simply put, honoring the rhythmic nature of the doshic clock gives us insight for balancing our daily routines with the present attribute.

Restoring your balance through rhythm

Do you want to learn to live in balance with nature’s rhythms? If you desire to restore balance in your body, mind and cosmic connection, then it is time to evaluate where your routine can evolve to support you on your path. Come back to basics and honor the diurnal nature of life. Don’t know where to start? Try setting a bedtime for yourself and your electronics to limit stimulus during the evening. An evening dinacharya like a self foot massage, helps you let go of the day by creating time for your rejuvenation. With proper time to rest and recalibrate, the nervous system can return to homeostasis and ease of life is restored. Inviting curiosity is a great way to evaluate where your rhythms are supporting you and where they could be upgraded.

Are you ready to refine your rhythms?

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Here a few questions to ask yourself. Remember to invite curiosity about areas that could use an upgrade.

How do i feel when I wake up in the morning?

Where was the food on my plate grown?

What would help me feel rejuvenated and restored?

From a scientific perspective, being in sync with the natural rhythm is how we recharge our cells. Like charging your cell phone battery, your cells need to be in sync with these larger cycles to optimize their functions.

With charged cells and relaxed nervous system the microbes in the body are able to perform their jobs well, supporting the the detox and digestive systems. When out of sync, your cells are overworked and your body and mind become stressed. If this persists, you create the opportunity for diseases on all levels of your being.

Think long term and begin to identify where are you in sync and where could you enter the cosmic dance more harmoniously. Where is there potential to build momentum of health and vitality? Where could the cosmic pulse support you on your path? Coming back to your beating heart, you have reminders within and around you reflecting the pulse of the cosmos. As a human you can choose to align with these rhythms enhancing the quality of life you experience with deeper connection and well-being.

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Published by Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley is a Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher in the San Diego area and a life long surfer. He is the founder of Higher Self Wellness and an avid practitioner of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices which he infuses into his public yoga classes and group program “The Art of Connection”. He is professionally trained as a Chef and incorporates the ancient wisdom of “food as medicine” into his culinary creations. Alec infuses the practices of personal and planetary alignment into his modern healthy lifestyle toolkit to help shift the collective into deeper states of connection.

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