I love to think about the Divine Proportion .
Phi In Art, Nature, and Science
The Divine Proportion is known by many names. Golden Mean, Sacred Cut and Phi are only a few; and it is not by chance that the Divine Proportion was given its name. It has been called divine because over thousands of years it has been deemed to be so.
Beginning with calculations found on clay tablets in ancient Babylon, the story of Divine Proportion can be traced alongside the history of numbers to the fractals of the digital age. As its many forms unfold we uncover the Golden Rectangle in the Parthenon, Golden Spirals in the human inner ear, a Golden Angle in the petal patterns of a rose, and the Fibonacci numbers in lilies, daisies, pineapples, and in our own DNA.
With its natural balance and elegant beauty, the Divine Proportion is a perpetual reminder that our hope for regeneration and continuity lies in realizing the meaningful and harmonious relationship of all the parts to the whole.
Published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Designed by Michael Zipkin
Cover by Amy Ray
How can we apply this principle of a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio to bring natural balance back to our lives.
- We live in a 24 hour day cycle. Applying the Divine Proportion would mean that on average, 16 hours are for activity and 8 hours of those 24 hours are for rest.
- Throughout a calendar year, 243 days are for activity and 122 days are for rest. Take 104 days to rest (really rest!) on the weekend. Now you have 18 weekdays of vacation still to use.
So how can we expect to feel good and in tune with our environment when we consistently swim upstream in conflict with the natural cycles of our Universe? Are we expecting to sandwich in a lifetime of work between ages 20-60 before we rest in retirement? What if we balanced our life throughout our life and not retire?