Researching rhythms (part 1)
“Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself.” - Yohji Yamamoto
When you first start looking at life-giving rhythms, your own may not come to the surface right away, especially if you're starting from a place of burnout or ongoing stress. When I've been in that place of desperation, I have even forgotten what I like to do, what feeds my soul, what gives me life. I'm no psychologist, but I believe we get into a survival mode, which means going about the motions just enough to get through the day. We do this so often, that we forget what experiencing joy, practicing creativity, acting in kindness and pursuing wisdom feels like.
What can get you out of this lifeless existence? Sustainable, life-giving rhythms.
When you have no clue what will be life-giving to you, one thing you can do is look to others.
Do you have a friend who glows after her yoga class? Ask her to join one day and try it out.
A friend whose painting or pottery hobby is intriguing? Have a makers' day together.
Have a friend who is just fun to be around? Find out what brings him joy and see if it works for you.
Know someone who reads really great books or has her finger on all the newest podcasts? Ask for a recommendation.
We're all human. While your rhythms are going to be unique to you, there's nothing wrong with "trying things on" while you're trying to find a specific combo that works for your life.
Do your research. Copy those around you until you find habits and hobbies that light you up. Pay attention to your energy and emotions when trying new things, and you'll find a map that points to your own rhythms.