Coherence

THEME SONG: “Home Again” by Micheal Kiwanuka

We watched the elephants for over two hours.  At the pivotal moment of river crossing, the video shows obvious communication: audible rumbling, vibrational signaling, and the matriarchal trumpet and crocodile warning that makes the group fall back.  Eventually, there is a final ceremonious crossing with the eley calves at the protective center. Wildlife herd behavior is an excellent display of coherence, in which subtle individual cues lead to a group behavioral dynamic that benefits all. The harmony in which they cross is beautiful to experience.

This type of “physiological synchronization” in evolutionary anthropology is a key factor for human health and survival as well. We are constantly communicating with one another in subdued ways through facial expressions, body language, even biochemically.  Social coherence, especially when individuals are emotionally in tune with one another, drives the cooperative actions of the group. When positively engaged it produces a symphonious relationship.

According to Ayurveda, physiological coherence happens when we give our body the tools it needs to thrive. This means connecting to our pulse and circadian rhythm, the rhythm of nature.