A significant part of physical experience revolves around human movement. Through our movements, we express ourselves. We extend our open hands to express a willingness to make a connection with another. Others accept our offer and shake our hands in return. Without human motion, this particular form of expression cannot happen.
We open our arms and literally expose our hearts to hug as an expression of love. We cross our arms to protect ourselves and hold emotional pain inside.
We clench our fists to express anger. We walk toward a destination, even if that destination is being in the moment and enjoying the fresh air on a mountain trail. We stand still to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We sit in our comfortable chair to enjoy our favorite movie. We lie down to hold up our children and enjoy the motions.
The list goes on with hundreds of variations.
Within most experiences, there is motion and our ability to move impacts our experience. Mastering most of the things in life requires a basic understanding of the human potential that is expressed through movements.
Motion is not about gaining muscle even though through human movement science, you can gain muscle in record time without hurting you. Human movement studies are not about losing weight. However, understanding how your muscles cause motion helps you move muscles that burn the most energy and create the most oxygen deficit necessary for losing fat.
Motion is much more than that. It is about your ability to effectively express yourself and take steps to reach your goals.
There are several aspects to motion that begins with your purpose to move. Sometimes that purpose lies in the lack of movement.
A soldier at war in the jungle surrounded by enemies may need to be absolutely still to survive. A bodybuilder after a heavy workout should rest to allow his body to recuperate. The ability to listen without fidgeting shows attentiveness and respect which could enhance your relationship with the speaker. That speaker could be your husband, your wife, your children or your parents. These are significant relationships that could be enhanced through stillness.
Within the movement, there is stillness and within stillness there is movement. We often forget the stillness when we focus on the motion itself. To achieve your goals easier and with less stress, you need to recognize the interplay between motion and stillness.
As you begin your journey towards mastery look for both.