As long as humans existed they watched heaven, nature, the stars, the sun and the moon to make sense of time.
The Biodynamic principals hone in on the concept of ‘right timing’ which is as old as the ‘understanding of time’ itself. Here are verses of a text from the Old Testament – Ecclesiastes 3. 1-13, written around 300B.C.
To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; …
I don’t know what you think but to me, this seems quite current and not something that was written over 2300 years ago.
The calendar meaning ‘register’ is man’s way to structure time. I have always been fascinated by how early man came up with ways of measuring time and translating the movement of the sun, the moon, and the stars into predictable events.
By doing so our ancestors found out early on that there is actually a ‘concept of right timing’.
What is ‘right timing’?
When I grew up in Austria my family went on frequent hiking trips to the Alps. As children, we particularly enjoyed the trips going up gorges and walking over wooden bridges over wild Alpine rivers. From there we watched the waterfalls shooting down the mountain. The views were spectacular.
One day I overheard a local guide explaining to a group of climbers how these bridges were installed.
He would explain how the wood was hoisted up hills on ropes and then he said “…and the most important part is that the wood was cut at the right time in the moon cycle. Because only then can you be sure that it does not rot. As you can see this bridge has been standing now in the water now for over 200 years and no sign of rot”
Many scientists look down on these ‘hocus pocus’ methods. But the bridges are living proof- right in front of your own eyes. Below is an analogy that shows how ‘right timing’ can work for you
‘Right timing matters’
Picture yourself – You are on a beach next to a small boat and you want to row to the little island you can see in the distance. Of course, you can set off at any time and somehow you will get there.
How about using a smarter way to get there – by looking at the weather forecast and choosing a time when you can go with the tide and not against it.
Your journey will be far more pleasant, less strenuous and you will not only arrive in good spirit and less exhausted at your chosen destination, but you also get there faster and can put the gained time to good use! So why would you want to go at any other time?
The same metaphor also applies to many activities. Why make it hard on yourself when you can go with the natural flow.
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