According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, rhythm can refer to:
- an ordered recurrent alternation of strong and weak elements in the flow of sound and silence in speech;
- the aspect of music comprising all the elements (such as accent, meter, and tempo) that relate to forward movement;
- a regularly recurrent quantitative change in a variable biological process;
- movement, fluctuation, or variation marked by the regular recurrence or natural flow of related elements ….
When we look at these definitions, we get an idea of how rhythm permeates our daily life: in language, in music, in nature, in growth and maturation.
Think today of the rhythms that occur most in your life – of those cycles and seasons of which you are most aware – and how, perhaps, each offers an invitation to discover, encounter, and immerse ourselves more fully in the Rhythm that brought all life into being and, even now, sustains it.
I would like to encourage you comment with a word, song, or image that comes to mind in your reflections.