The Gaia hypothesis also known as the Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on earth to form a self regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere and other environmental variables that affect the habitability of earth.
The hypotheses was formulated by the scientist James Lovelock and co-developed by the microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970′s. While early versions of the hypothesis were criticized for being theological and contradicting principles of natural selection, later refinements have resulted in ideas highlighted by the Gaia hypothesis being used in subjects such as geophysiology, earth system science, biogeochemistry, systems ecology, and climate science. In 2006, The Geological Society of London awarded Lovelock the Wollaston Medal largely for his work on the Gaia theory.
The Gaia theory posits that Earth is a self regulating complex system involving the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrospheres and the pedosphere, tightly coupled as an evolving system. The theory sustains that this system as a whole, called Gaia, seeks a physical and chemical environment optimal for contemporary life.
Gaia evolves through a cybernetic feedback system operated unconsciously by the biota, leading to broad stabilization of the conditions of habitability in a full homeostasis. Many processes in the Earth’s surface essential for the conditions of life depend on the interaction of living forms, especially microorganisms, with inorganic elements. These processes establish a global control system that regulates Earth’s surface temperature, atmosphere composition and ocean salinity, powered by the global thermodynamic disequilibrium state of the Earth system.
The existence os a planetary homeostasis influenced by living forms had been observed previously in the field of biogeochemistry, and it is being investigated also in other fields like Earth system science. the originality of the Gaia theory relies on the assessment that such homeostatic balance is actively pursued with the goal of keeping the optimal conditions of life, even when external events interfere with them.
The skeletal system can be compared to a living, intricately patterned mobile, including the shapes and contours of the individual bones of the foot to the 22 bones that comprise the cranial mechanism. Each bone articulates with it’s neighboring bone or bones so that the total skeletal mechanism is one of efficiency in man’s walkabout on earth. All of them are in motion from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet throughout life. The muscular system of the body, together with the connective tissue fascias that unite them to the skeletal system, form a framework of co-ordinated locomotion for the use of the individual. There are other muscular systems in the body that serve to maintain the internal functioning of life-the cardiovascular, costorespiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital systems. Again, these musculoskeletal systems have a living tone quality that is palpable to the physician’s diagnostic and therapeutic hands and can be evaluated as part of the baseline of health for the individual. There are many other soft tissue systems in the body, including all the viscera. The central and peripheral nervous system and the autonomic nervous system are included in the soft tissues of the body and are the vast communication network for total body functioning.
Each one of these systems is complex in it’s organization and has normal values for functioning that are part of the armamentarium of every physician’s diagnostic insight. There is a biorhythmicity of function that is organically interrelated to functioning patterns for all hours of the day and night for all systems of the body and this information is a part of every physician’s training.
It is interesting to consider all the fluids that make up the normal physiology of a patient’s health pattern. These include the cerebrospinal fluid, blood, lymph, interstitial and serous fluids. All of them interchange in body physiology with each other and with all the living cells which they surround and bathe. There is tone quality and quantity of function that is palpable to the physician in his evaluation of the patient’s baseline of health, through the examination of many of these fluids.
Finally there is the psycho-mental-emotional-mind of the patient, which shares in importance with the total health of the patient as much as does the physical health of his body physiology. How does this patient view his health level of functioning? What is his stability factor as to his emotional make-up? I he basically a nervous type, sensitive to change that takes place in his environment, or is he more phlegmatic in his approach to his health and his needs? How does he react to the stress of life: does his musculoskeletal system have that constant feeling of tension that we find in so many of our patients today? Does he react through other systems of the body with palpitations or gastrointestinal symptoms?
All these considerations are held by the bodynamic therapist as they palpate and receive information through a holistic lens.
Rollin E Becker – The Nature Of Trauma – extract from – Life In Motion
The wave forms above the underlying stillness.
Our primary orientation in biodynamics is to the inherent health in the human system. Health is not just about the absence of symptoms or even about a sense of wellbeing. Health, in this understanding, is present throughout life no matter what the conditional state of a person, and is never lost. In a biodynamic context we orient to this ever-present health via a perception of primary respiration and the stillness from which it arises.
In order to truly perceive health, we must make a perceptual shift to a wider and deeper field of awareness. This is an essential step in clinical work. In order to access a depth of healing process, the practitioner must be able to orient to inherent health, not just to the patterns of resistance and fixation present. Indeed, the practitioner’s principle role is to perceive primary respiration and stillness no matter what clinical circumstances are present. even in the most seemingly disoriented and chaotic patterns and pathologies, this health is ever present, maintaining the best possible balance, given the conditions present.
In this way of relating and perceiving, health is seen to be all-pervasive and eternally present. It is not a function of the physiology of the body, or of any physiological system, but, is it’s global organizing essence. Health, as Dynamic Stillness and primary respiration, interfaces with every experiential process we encounter from the moment of conception until the day we die. All stresses, including the unfolding of our genetics, are centred in some way by it’s action. In this context, it is the role of the practitioner to perceive health and to facilitate it’s expression in even the most seemingly desperate situations.
All is suspended within a field of action where everything is an expression of consciousness manifest in form.
What motivates us to continue to meditate?
Meditation is a way of coming to your own centre, coming to the centre of your own being, and remaining there, still, silent, attentive. Meditation is a way of learning to be awake, to be fully alive and to be still. The way to this is silence, we do not create silence, the silence is there within us. The motivation over time is a growing commitment to reality.
Allowing again and again for ourselves to become still enough for the silence to emerge.
/ˈpyo͝orˌizəm / noun – scrupulous or exaggerated observance of or insistence on traditional rules or structures, esp. in language or style.
In using sensations, sights and sounds as supports for meditative awareness, we learn that our everyday lives provide endless opportunities to discover a sense of inner peace and contentment that is not subject to the fluctuating circumstances that surround us.