Rhythm is our 3rd design element.
Sit quietly without noise and commotion and you will hear the rhythm of your breathing. Our body keeps a rhythm that we rarely pay attention to but it is always present. Our heart beats to a rhythm.
When at rest, the rhythm is slower than it is when we are awake and moving. The pace of our movements effect the rhythm of our heartbeat and breathing, even though we rarely give them consideration.
In the same way our daily routine, activities and schedules reflect a rhythm. A rhythm of our daily life.
Stress is a common word we hear in society today. It affects our body and our well-being. If we look at the underlying causes of stress we will find that typically they are directly related to events, or pressures of demand on the pace of ones life.
In order to manage stress people resort to medications of all types. In some cases people do need to take medications to manage stress to keep their physical body within safe limits.
High blood pressure is far too common. The rhythm of our heartbeat needs to stay within levels that are safe. I believe that in many cases it could be managed without medication by understanding and managing the 5 Basic Principles we are studying.
Everyone dances to a different drummer, a different rhythm. When we are young the rhythm we keep is much different from the one we keep when we are older. The demand of our daily schedules are in direct correlation to the activities of our households needs and our personal choices. It is those activities that designate our daily rhythm.
Everywhere we go today you see people who are consuming energy drinks. They need help in keeping pace with the rhythm of their life schedule.
Instead of consuming stimulants they would be wise to assess their rhythm of life and make adjustments. Those drinks are NOT good for the body.
When we listen to music we understand rhythm through our hearing. Sometimes we want to hear soothing sounds and rhythms and other times we enjoy more upbeat rhythms. When we hear a song that is displeasing, we simple turn the channel or turn it off.
It is not as easy to adjust the rhythms we don’t hear but live.
The Simple Definition of rhythm
- a regular, repeated pattern of sounds or movements
- a regular, repeated pattern of events, changes, activities, etc.
- movement, fluctuation, or variation marked by the regular recurrence or natural flow of related elements
the systematic arrangement according to duration.
- Regularity and duration seem to run through the theme of definition. So our rhythm of life, is something done or happening frequently with a duration of time.
The rhythm of our daily life is not necessarily the problem, but the duration of time we are caught up in, a particular rhythm or pace.
Our Creator understood that man would need a designated period of rest and structured and commanded it within the framework of every 7 days period, or week.
It was as if he knew, that left to ourselves on the matter, we would not have enough sense to stop and rest from the pace of life and daily demands. So He ordered it!
Since a duration is an allotment of time, then it is reasonable to conclude that, time effects our rhythm of life. That same 24 hour period we all have to manage, which ever way we choose.
Time and task work hand n hand to set a rhythm. Time is defined with no variables other than how we manage it, while tasks can be evaluated as chosen elements that vary from one individual to another.
Is the rhythm of your life balanced and pleasing? Does it bring peace or chaos to your life? Sometimes the answer to that balance is to look at our 4th design principal element of: Emphasis.