When we say that something “moves” us, we are pointing to a shift in our state of being. We have changed opinions, or actions, or emotions; perhaps there has even been transformation.
The principle of movement, according to Yoga and Ayurveda, is called prana, the Sanskrit word that is described as “life force” or “cosmic energy.”
If something moves, it is moved by prana, which has five vayus (winds) that describe the five directions of movement. The seat of prana is the heart, it quite literally moves us by providing oxygen to all of our cells, but it is also where we feel emotion, a word that describes what happens when we feel: motion.
- someone who is truly present
- unnecessary suffering
- being part of a community
- information that challenges my beliefs
- moving my body
- experiencing vulnerability – of myself, of another
- art that makes connections and asks deep questions
- practices that help me to retrain outdated thought patterns – the 8 limbs of yoga, mantra repetition, setting intention, yoga nidra, nonviolent communication