The thing with a cycle is, it goes around and around, it’s seemingly infinite and never ending.
There are some external cycles you just don’t have any control over, like the seasons, day and night, birth and death.
But then there are some cycles that you can actually influence.
These are internal to you and are usually reflected in your patterns of behaviour.
By cycle, I mean the falling into the same old habits over and over again even when you know they just aren’t good for you.
Or having the same thoughts over and over again, almost as if you’re trapped by them.
It kind of reminds me of a scene from a movie (National Lampoon’s European Vacation) where The Griswold Family visit London and they get stuck on a roundabout trying to see Big Ben and they can’t seem to find their way off.
In the film it’s hilarious, but in real life I know it can be very frustrating!
So how then do you break the cycle?
I find using simple logic is usually the best way to approach things.
If you tie two ends of a piece of string together, you’ll have yourself a circle.
You can run your finger along the piece of string and you’ll find it will take you right back to where you started every time.
So how then, would you turn that circle into a straight line?
The answer is simple, you cut it.
The only way to break a cycle is to cut, to let go, to destroy the pattern to allow the formation of a new one.
More broadly, it’s very much indicative of the cycle of death and rebirth, which is and always has been evident in nature, in history and in culture.
So in order to be able to start anew, aspects of your 'self' have to die to allow for a new version of yourself to emerge.
Not a different you, just a newer, updated version.
A stronger and wiser you, as a result of your experience.
Like a snake shedding it’s skin.
The antidote to moving in a circle is to move forward.
A simple step forward, a step away from something and towards something else is the smallest common denominator to breaking a cycle.
So if you find yourself stuck in a vicious cycle, it might be about time you consider changing direction and doing some things a little different.