Why do we tend to focus so much on arriving at the goal…but forget about the journey? Why is it so easy to quit moving forward after we’ve reached our destination?
In other words, why do we STOP moving after a perceived “end point?”
Nothing in life is static. We are constantly moving. The goal, of course, is to direct our movements toward something that is worthwhile, noble, and satisfying. If we stand still, we are more likely to retreat into our past glories (or defeats) and forego moving toward the future.
But many movements are imperceptible. Even when we are sleeping or at rest, there is constant motion within our bodies: our hearts, lungs, and digestive tracts continue to work autonomously even when we aren’t.
Despite the stillness we experience in meditation, certain parts of the brain continue to be highly activated. A recent study showed that our electrical brain waves during meditation are not static; instead the waves indicate a perfect balance of mental activity that is both wakeful and relaxed.
Life is all about this delicate balance arising from movement. Some of our movements will be visible to others through actions and behaviors. Other movements will be private and intangible in the form of thoughts and desires. But both forms of movement are necessary to build wisdom and growth during the journey that is our life.
Dr. Geri Puleo, SPHR, is the President and CEO of Change Management Solutions, Inc., an eLearning and Coaching company focused on eradicating workplace burnout through the B-DOC Model. An entrepreneur for over 25 years, keynote speaker, author, blogger, business coach, university professor, and researcher, you can see her “in action” by watching her TEDx Talk on YouTube. To contact Dr. Puleo, please go to www.gapuleo.com.