“A body in motion tends to stay in motion”—Newton’s first Law of Motion
People often ask me how it is I do what I do; that is, swim, bike, run, paddlesurf, surf, teach and practice yoga, run the studio, a two-day triathlon camp with the amazing coaches from Team Total Training, and one of them referred to Newton’s Law of Motion, it clicked for me.
I LOVE movement. I love the feeling of the body moving through space, flying down a hill on a road bike with the trees racing past me; I love that first moment of jumping into the ocean, getting swallowed by the crashing surf. I love the first downward facing dog of the day, the body so grateful for the stretch, so animal-like in its delight and enjoyment of pressing the hands and feet into the earth, of elongating the spine to its maximal length, of filling every cell of the body with healing, nourishing breath. I love “walking on the water” on a paddleboard, the circular action of the legs on a long run—that walking (running) meditation as described by Thich Nhat Hanh in the title of one of his books—Peace is Every Step. How is it that I find more beach glass on a beach run than when I am walking on the beach, that in the quickness of the movement, I am MORE mindful, MORE aware, MORE sensitive to my surroundings and my environment?
A body in motion tends to stay in motion. It certainly seems to be the case for me… the joy, the peace, the ease I experience in the body, the gratitude, the sense of well-being, the feeling that I am exactly where I am meant to be; the recognition that we are so perfectly and exquisitely designed and created. I am reminded of the movie Avatar—that superhuman quality of the avatars—graceful, strong, animal-like, clear, and one with their surroundings. Is that not who we are, what we are meant to be?
It is said that our bodies are our temples. It is said that we are already perfectly perfect, wholly whole, completely complete. Whether your joy and bliss is found through movement, as is the case for me, or through meditative stillness, or art, or literature, or watching a bird, or strolling through the woods, on the beach, on a city street… whatever for YOU brings out a feeling of love and happiness that is uncontainable and boundless in its depths… do it. Find it. Share it. Be it. Live that truth, follow that path… discover your destiny… it is waiting to be discovered!
This blog was originally posted on the Athleta.com