The word synchronicity has become a bit of a buzzword these days in the fitness world — at least among some of the most motivating instructors. We’ve heard the term used in a variety of classes, from vinyasa in Paris to SoulCycle back in New York. The word is meant to inspire us and it does. Many of us know it has something to do with togetherness and timing, but what exactly does synchronicity mean, and how can we use our awareness of it to improve our lives?
Synchronicity suggests that events in life occur not only due to cause and effect, or causality, but that there’s another element of meaningfulness that affects what happens to us.
The concept of synchronicity was first introduced in the 1920’s by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, although he didn’t release a full statement about it until 1951 (after his collaboration with Nobel Prize physicist Wolfgang Pauli). The principle can quickly become complicated (and even controversial); however, even with only a basic understanding of synchronicity, we’re able to increase our awareness of meaningful connections in life and to more deeply connect with our souls and the world around us.
A Few Common Examples:
1/ A difficult decision has been weighing on you for weeks. Suddenly, one plan of action seems to be coming up all around you — in conversations, online and in the news. It feels like the universe is guiding your next move.
2/ You’ve been thinking about a close friend with whom you haven’t spoken in ages and, at that very moment, you get a text from your friend.
3/ You were supposed to move apartments in two days, had signed a lease and everything was set. However, something goes terribly wrong and you lose the place and still are forced to move out. You’ve called everyone you know but no options are available at the last moment. The next morning you conveniently receive a call from a friend with a vacant apartment that just opened up.
Why Tune In: Recognizing moments of meaningful coincidence as they occur can have a positive impact on your life. The more open you are, the more likely you’ll notice these connections and, with practice you’ll strengthen your awareness of synchronicities. You may begin to trust yourself and your decision-making ability more, and to feel more optimistic about your present and your future. By connecting with this soulful aspect of life, we’re likely to feel more grounded and to trust that everything happens for a reason. This can be of comfort, particularly during challenging times in life.
Connection = Gratitude. The next time the universe seems to be nudging you in a certain direction, take notice. Question why you may have run into someone out of the blue after not seeing that person for ages; reflect on the conversation you shared. Try to keep your mind and heart open, and not be overly analytical in your thought process. Not always, but often, you will find beautiful synchronicities in life that will inform you, reassure you, and often (at the very least) make you smile.
* Song To Get You In The Mood: “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons.
“Wolfgang Paul, Carl Jung and the Acausal Connecting Principle”: http://goo.gl/cyBvPU