The last several months have been one of the most enlightening personal growth experiences of my life. Challenging in many ways, during this time I have made my focus on personal growth, meditation and connecting to what many call the deeper wisdom that lies within each one of us. This morning as I meditated I was putting my attention on the day to come. As I reflected there was a subtle awareness that I was coming to the end of a cycle.
What is a Cycle?
Cycles of Fame
The first time I ever heard the expression “cycle” in reference to life was from an interview where George Harrison (Video) explained the rise, fame and eventual break-up of the Beatles. He talked about the cycle being like energy or a feeling. Being in the band felt good in the early to mid 60’s and then as the decade went on the good feelings gradually diminished. By 1968-69 the bad feelings were dominant and the band had to break-up.
What happened? They matured. They got married. They developed other interests. Eventually the role of being a Beatle was no longer fun.
The energy for the Beatles eventually had to die.
Cycles within a Career
Careers have cycles. When you start a new job or business there is a new energy that feels exciting and good. Good feelings might last for year, two years or twenty years and your intuition says, this is good, keep going. And then something happens, an event, a trigger where you observe the energy starting to wane. The energy of your job starts to fade, you become less passionate and over time those good feelings can turn negative.
Knowing what I know today when you stop enjoying your job or career it’s usually a good time to ask what can I change? Many stay in jobs longer than the natural cycle and they end up feeling miserable. Over the years this impacts our health, our relationships and our quality of life. Cycles are different for everyone. Some cycles last 20 years and others last 6 months.
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Cycles for Inner Reflection and Personal Growth
This latest cycle for me began with the loss of a job. I remember the first instinct (after losing the job) was to go within. The instinct was strong. My intuition was telling me, Listen! Go Within! Observer your feelings, thoughts and take time to connect with your inner being. The problem we often have with jobs or careers is we get too focused on the work and we lose connection with who we are. We forget about our needs and what makes us happy.
The events in the last several months of this cycle have moved in slow motion for me. Every event, challenge or experience has been magnified, vivid and right in my face with thoughts and emotions triggered at every level. Meditating, journaling, writing and talking about my experiences have been my way to gain clarity and make sense of all that has happened.
What is great is the experiences have made me stronger, have allowed me to connect to my real interests and passions and have enabled me to feel more authentic within my relationships and life.
Enjoying the Cycles of Life
Every experience in life has a cycle. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, success, fame or an illness or our life, everything is born and eventually dies. A subtle awareness of the cycle makes you realize cycles are good. If you are going through a bad cycle then it is good to know that it will eventually come to an end. Cycles can be fun and when one ends it should be celebrated. There’s a new cycle coming. It’s part of the process of life.
My instinct tells me that I am coming to the end of this cycle even though outward events have not yet manifested. The feeling is there. The feeling is a good one.
Life is good.