Breathing In. Breathing Out.

At birth, our body and mind establish an unconscious, yet completely necessary, rhythm in our breath. In this way, we invite energy and expansion, and we release tension and waste – contributing to the flow of life force out into the world. We are part of Prana.

Young children teach us that without rhythm, they are less healthy, sleep poorly and struggle with emotional balance. Rhythm in the day of a young child looks like rhythm of our breathing. It is initiated as activity + pause + rest – then the cycle repeats. We bring rhythm through our repeated guiding words with children, our repeated actions and the foods, games, stories, songs (rhyming is great) that we share with them to help their little bodies and minds to come more fully aware in that slow ripening process of human children.

So, too, does rhythm affect adults. Without sleep and eating rhythms, our bodies give signals of overwhelm, anxiety and disease.

Consider today how rhythm of season, sound, action or thought serves you in your life. How could it shift to better support your goals and dreams?

Shannon Dharmatma

About shannoncowan

Love growing food, natural settings, water, community Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Doula (DONA), PhD Biology (2001), Mother and Wife
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