When you have a birthday do you feel older and wiser? This week is my 55th birthday!!!
Maturity is a process and it has different aspects. In Kundalini Yoga, we talk about how a human being matures through a very predictable set of cycles:
Every 18 years, the physical body goes through a process of maturity and change. We call this the Cycle of Life Energy.
Every 11 years, the way you apply what you know to solving problems changes. The horizon of the intelligence expands. We call this the Cycle of Intelligence.
And every 7 years, the fundamental sense of your identity evolves. It deepens, building on the wisdom of past experiences. We call this the Cycle of Consciousness.
A couple of times in your life all three of these cycles occur as a marker for transformation (for me 54, 55, 56).
To know this and observe what changes or choices you are confronted with can help to see, understand and take advantage of that time of your life. So older and wiser? Well, yes and no. Sometimes I feel like the older, I get the less I know and yet I also have a knowing that is deeper, authentic, intuitive, and wise from having been around the block so to speak. That feels good. It makes me proud to be 55. Makes me want to dig in even deeper to my personal journey, life’s lessons, the riddle of life. To spend more and more time in nature and less time on the freeway (Hahahahaha), to walk, to be healthy, quiet and thoughtful. Using everything I do in
my day to day life as a moment-by-moment, conscious meditative practice of awareness, gratitude, and opportunity to connect with myself and others.
So here I go . . . into my 5th cycle of intelligence, craving the depth, learning, completing, and finding ways in which my vision of my purpose can find its path.
A fun exercise we did in the Life Cycles and Life Styles Kundalini Yoga Level Two Teacher Training course you can do too. Draw a line on a paper and plot out 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 etc . . . 11, 22, 33, 44, 55 etc. . . . and 18, 36, 54 etc..
Write things you remember at each of these stages. Depending on how old you are, how many cycles you have traveled through, you may observe some interesting things have happened in your life at these cycles. Reach out if you have questions about it. It is really interesting to see your life on this timeline.
Love you all
Courtney Gebhart, Life Coach, Kundalini Yoga teacher, and Human Being.