Life Needs Rhythm

 

Rock and Roll Star Bob Segar
Young Bob Seger

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1,2,3.4 . . .

The drummer and the base hit the rhythm and a long-hair singer steps to the mic.

“So you’re a little bit older
And a lot less bolder than you used to be
So you used to shake ’em down
But now you stop and think about your dignity
So now sweet sixteen’s turned thirty-one
You get to feelin’ weary when the work day’s done
Well all you got to do is get up and into your kicks
If you’re in a fix
Come back baby, rock and roll never forgets”

A life of Rhythm is Harmony

The most important quality a person can develop is to be in harmony with themselves and their world. This is accomplished by establishing a good sleep and working day-to-day pattern, and appreciating one’s world.

picture of Hazrat Khan
A Young Hazrat Inayat Khan

In The Sufi Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan, he writes

“It must be understood that rhythm is the balance of speech and action. One must speak at the right time, otherwise silence is better than speech. A word of sympathy with the grief of another, and a smile at least when another laughs. One should watch the opportunity for moving a subject in society, and never abruptly change the subject of conversation, but skillfully blend two subjects with a harmonious link. Also one should wait patiently while another speaks, and keep a rein on one’s speech when the thought rushes out uncontrollably, in order to keep it in rhythm and under control during its outlet. One should emphasize the important words with a consideration of strong and weak accent. It is necessary to choose the right word and mode of expression, to regulate the speed and to know how to keep the rhythm. Some people beginning to speak slowly and gradually increase the speed to such an extent that they are unable to speak coherently. “

What’s your rhythm?

Are you pounding out a staccato one eighth beats, jamming around town or are you doing a three-four waltz on a lazy river cruise? Is it time to rest or get up because you’re in a fix?

Exercise:

Sit with yourself for a moment and consider your life as a video. Watch the rhythm. Change the speed at which it plays. Slow it down or speed it up. Now, step into that, get out of the fix and get your kicks.

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Two Sides to Every Question

Have You Every Heard This?

“My way or the highway!”

Well, sometimes it’s a good idea to take them up on this. In that case, it’s time to cry out: “Road Trip!” and then  take off. You don’t need somebody who knows everything. There are always two sides to every question.  Your opinion, your viewpoint, is important. Of course, if it’s your boss and your job is on the line, maybe your road trip could be postponed. Maybe not.

Put Yourself in a Different Place

The way to understand other people is to put yourself in their place. What are they seeing when they deal with you? What problems are they facing? If you can walk in their shoes for a short time, you’ll experience what’s going on with them.

See Yourself as Others See You.

On seeing a lady’s bonnet in Church, Robert Burns wrote to Louise

Robert Burns hatDear Louise,

 

 if we could just see ourselves as others see us!

“Oh, would some Power give us the gift
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!”

Putting yourself in another’s place, in their shoes, gives you the gift to see yourself as other’s see you. . . and shows you there are at least two sides to every question, at least two ways to do everything.

Exercise:

Clasp your hands together. That’s right, as you’re reading, do it. Okay, now do it another way. You’ll notice that if you crossed your left thumb over your right thumb, you can cross the thumbs and fingers in another opposite way. 

Now, cross your arms over chest as you normally do. Now, cross them a different way. If you cross the right over the left then cross the left over the right.

These are simple movements.

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Thanks for reading! 

 

 

Steve