We have absolutely no sense of natural time anymore. We have been kept running around so much that now we think emailing for work at 2 am is normal.
For thousands of years work and rest cycles were based on sunlight and season; work like a beaver in the summer, rest during the winter months. Up with the sun to work in the morning, inside when the light was gone. There was not only a natural order but a kind of spiritual awe developed from this in addition to a spiritual order that was in harmony with nature. This spirituality created stories and mythologies that gave meaning to the cycles of time, work and rest. This continued in a long line of tradition over thousands of years and was built into our biology, until now, starting with the Industrial Revolution.
There is a natural “clock” everything on earth, (but humans -hahah) follow: the circadian rhythm. It is the biological cycle based on our trip around the sun, 24 hour oscillation, and is observed in plants, animals, algae and bacteria.
Circadian rhythmicity is present in the sleeping and feeding patterns of animals, including human beings. There are also clear patterns of core body temperature, brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration, and other biological activities. In addition, photoperiodism, the physiological reaction of organisms to the length of day or night, is vital to both plants and animals, and the circadian system plays a role in the measurement and interpretation of day length.
Now, modern businesses relationships, modern society, require of us to try to dispense with our natural biology and operate for its pleasure. I developed illness trying to go against these natural cycles. Now, for me, it is time to stop and recalibrate to nature. I need to move with my natural cycles and rhythms. Please join me on a forensic search to find what our natural cycles are again.