As we cycle once again into autumn, so we all cycle, individually, within our own physical, mental, emotional and inner spiritual orbits. Most of us have experienced the highs and lows of our own biorhythms, reacting to the external effects of light and dark, weather changes, phases of our planetary moon, and a hundred other influences that make up the seasons or “cycles” of our lives. Most of the time, we simply live through all those cycles in the normal course of things; without really thinking about them, or even being aware of them. It is only when we practice mindful living, being in each moment as we live it, that we eventually begin to understand how closely all our cycles are related to our inner cycles. We are all linked to each other in a very fundamental way; although it is not something we can see or measure. The inner spiritual link is within every one of us, if only we would take the time to look within. As we have our external, physical cycles, so, too, do we have our inner spiritual cycle.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you feel you are having a “down day”, your physical and mental energy are not the only things that are affected? Have you ever wondered where these “down cycles” come from and why? Rather than blaming a tough day on external causes only, try taking a break from your daily routine for a few minutes to sit quietly away from noise and distraction and focusing inward to that quiet core within you to silently meditate. Mentally put any negative thoughts or situations away on a mental “shelf”, and tell your mind it may pick them back up after you have completed your meditation. It may amaze you how quickly mental, emotional and physical stamina can recover from practicing 15-20 minutes of regular “quiet” time, or meditation. Often, you may suddenly get a new perspective on how to get through your day in a more positive way. You may even make someone else’s day brighter, just by keeping centered.