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  • Stillness in Motion

    Stillness and Motion, two words that are at extreme ends to each other, yet when used in conjunction, as in ‘Stillness in Motion’ brings to life the contradictory and dichotomous nature of our world, nonetheless, required to achieve balance, as in Yin & Yang.

    When I first came up with the title ‘Stillness in Motion’, my thinking at the time was centred on the notion of the immovability of mountains, the school of thought is/was that if we observed the smallest particles of a mountain, you’d notice that these miniature entities where in constant motion and because there where so many of them moving in different direction, very fast, it created the impression of non movement.

    The more I thought about this reality, the more I could see the parallel between motionless motion and achieving maximum performance in life’s duties. For example, in Martial Arts to achieve real ‘gen gen’ power, you need a certain amount of hard power coupled with an equal amount of soft power, when these two combine, the power that is manifested is wow!

    Another example is when you set out to accomplish an important goal/objective/dream, you have to focus all your talent and ability towards its accomplishment, yet for some unknown reason, you have to release some of your passion for it, so that you don’t get obsessed with it; and it is at that point that you begin to notice opportunities that will help you achieve your goal.

    Yet another example, in relationships, we know that if you are over zealous in the pursuit of a potential mate, you scare them away from you. You need to mingle interestedness with non-interest, and that will win you over to the person; why is it this way? I don’t know; it just Is.

    This school of thought can be extended to any and every where, even to performing your job, role or your duties; you have to connect the desire to do your best, with emptiness of desire, because once that happen you move form the desire to impress to the desire to express – (true expression of self in the role or obligation that has come upon you). At the end of it all, the only thing that we can do is to express our own truth; when we start to express our own truth and also allow other to express their own truth; we begin to see that there is no such thing as right or wrong, only different interpretations of the same incident.

    This time we are extending the concept of stillness in motion to our mindset, our scripting. Our sense of self is maintained even if our current experience calls for us to modify and adopt our behaviour.

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