Updated 09/03/2009

 















1. RHYTHMS IN HUMAN NATURE



Turning of turnings
Mini Turnings, Vulnerable Moments and Turning of Turnings


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     Sex, belonging, touch, and affiliation all move in the rhythms of approach and separation built out of briefer units tied to frequencies in nature. When new life is conceived, always in closest approach, it develops with its own rhythmic course in a process full of frequency dependent stages leading to a specific gestation period followed by birth.

     Some species only come together to mate. Others express approach/separation as they sleep and rise, feed and rest, travel and settle, attack and defend together. Sometimes the approach and separation occur in great flocking or herding populations. san cave paintingIn existing human hunter-gatherer bands, group members separate to forage and hunt and then come together in the home camp to share food, maintain family life, socialize and sleep. Since the base-camp and the feeding range are often seasonal or even more temporary, the oscillations are tied primarily to the group members themselves, not to the place the group occupies; they approach and separation from and to each other; the particulars of the places can change but the good order of the troop persists.

     Sam Keen caught the sense of the polar rhythms of approach and separation well when he wrote in The Passionate Life, “Loving is a continual dance between bonding and returning to our boundaries, coming together and going apart."1
 
      Distance and closeness enter not extrinsically but at the heart of the rhythm of nature itself.











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