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Turkish fast food: Real food fast

The definition of ‘fast food’ according to the Wikipedia is food cooked in build and in advance, kept warm or re-heated to order....

Slow Fish a great success

Slow Food in collaboration with the region of Liguria, has just finished celebr4ating the event Slow Fish 2007. It was a great success with 42,000 visitors, a much higher number than expected. ...

National Sea Change Task Force urges more flood studies

ABC Wed Jul 11 07 The Mayor of Maroochy Shire on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Joe Natoli, says it could be another 12 months before the CSIRO is able to undertake a flood modelling study in the Sunshine Coast region because the research body is under-funded. ...

Treechangers change country culture

An influx of treechangers into a rural community can keep population levels steady but it can change the needs and expectations within the community. ...

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Making the connection to life through natural rhythms

Natural rhythms guide all that we do – our very existence. Our breath and heartbeat are constant reminders of life’s pulsing rhythm that moves within and around us.

Our lives are orchestrated or guided by the rising and setting of the sunNatural daily rhythms
Natural daily rhythms
and the moon, the changes in temperature from day to night and from season to season, the tidal ebb and flow, and by our own internal rhythm. These rhythms guide our daily activity.

Not only are there external rhythms and cycles, there are also rhythms and cycles in our own lives. Women, more than men are affected by the daily and monthly cycles that guide our energy, moods and sleep. When our rhythms are in sync, life flows easily – we have more energy and tend to view things more positively, and we are more socially connected and find life more satisfying.

The body rhythms are called circadian rhythms. These signal and affect every aspect of our life, for example, they govern when to wake up, to sleep, to be active and they determine how much energy we have. They play a role in our socializing – they influence how we socialize and how we feel.

These circadian rhythms are as predictable as clockwork – that is why we are said to have a bodyclock.

Our life has a rhythm of its own and the stages of our life from Aging - Natural stage of life
Aging - Natural stage of life
babyhood, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood, and aging, show us that we have a life cycle of which birth and death are a part. The slow movement is about being aware of and connecting to these rhythms and cycles, and working with them instead of against them or in ignorance of them.

Many people live their lives cut off from the natural rhythms and cycles of nature and of their own bodies. They no longer get up with the sun, and they may stay up till the wee hours of the morning. Their pace of life is such that it is inconsequential whether it is night or day or winter or summer. The phases of the moon go unnoticed. Even the stages of their own life go unnoticed. This plays havoc with their bodyclocks. Their erratic stressful lives are in a state of arrhythmia.  Arrhythmia is a term used to refer to the disorders of the regular beating of the heart, for example wild erratic beating, slow uneven beating.

For people with arrhythmia of life their bodies and lives are out of sync with the natural world and the natural rhythms that govern all life.

For many young people growing up today, they only know life arrhythmia. For them, this state of deviation from nature appears normal. They have not experienced living in tune with the natural rhythms.

Traditionally all cultures have lived in harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles and have included celebrations, festivals and outdoor events to reinforce their occurrence. Most of these are now lost to our current consumeristic, success oriented lives.

We can bring these traditions back by marking them with some activity. For example, we could hold an organic dinner party for friends to mark the solstices and equinoxes. A way to notice and be in tune with the seasons and diurnal rhythms is to start a vegie garden. Not only will you connect to your food source, you will connect more easily with these life rhythms.

More than ever before our children and ourselves, need to be part of the slow movement and live in tune with the natural rhythms and cycles that have guided our evolution for the past 2 billion years. We need to connect to life.