Life flows in a cyclical, spiralized movement, like a corkscrew.
The line of existence twisting and turning.
Moving up and over…down and under…and back up again.
This cycle repeating over and over, from birth until death.
The cyclical nature of experience continually propelling us forward.
Each rotation moving us just a little bit further on our own unique journey.
Gifting us with experiences.
Teaching us lessons.
Often times as we move through the cycles of life, we place our focus on the upswing.
On the top of the cycle and the momentum that it holds.
This is the space of energy, drive and forward movement.
It’s this space that we tend to glamourize.
We live in a world that is quick and rewards efficiency.
Our culture and society have taught us that in order to be considered successful, you have to do things better, faster and stronger than everyone else.
You’ve heard it in your life, I’m sure...that success is only measured by how hard you grind.
By how much you hustle.
Every single day.
All the time.
So, we begin to apply pressure to stay in this highly focused, highly energized space even as we’re moving through the bottommost portions of our cycle.
The time that is meant for rest, reflection and regeneration.
This is the space where we can retreat into our imagination and our own emotional world.
This is the space where ideas are conceived.
Where dreams are born.
It’s within this space, that the strength we’ll need to see us through the top of our cycle, is cultivated.
And when we don’t honor this downtime, we stress out.
We burn out.
We become physically ill.
If we don’t honor our need for rest and reflection, we won’t have the stamina to continue on with our growth effectively.
Here are some really simple steps to help you identify where you’re currently at within your own unique cycle:
1. Find a quiet space and allow yourself to become still.
2. Feel into your body and listen to what it’s saying.
If you feel energized and motivated, you’re on the top of that spiral.
Direct that energy toward something productive that will help you move forward with your dreams, or something that you’ve been working on.
If you find that when you get still, you’re actually exhausted, then you’re in the bottom phase of your spiral.
Find time to nurture yourself and rest more than you typically would.
Your body will always tell you what it needs, it’s your primary guide throughout this life.
Your job, is simply to listen to it.
To become familiar with the cyclical nature that it moves and thrives on.
To learn what your cycle is and to honor it.
So, take some time this week to check in.
Where are you currently at within the ebb and flow of your grand spiral?