This training establishes effortless and balanced MOVEMENT, as the 6th fundamental of wellbeing.
Attaining wellbeing requires movement that nurtures it. INTENSE movement is fueled by your dominant sympathetic mobilization. It inhibits restfulness, interrupts wellbeing, and offers the necessary power and speed to escape or eliminate imminent life-threats. To ensure survival, restful living and wellbeing must be put on hold.
On the other hand, BALANCED and EFFORTLESS movements are facilitated by your sympathetic mobilization when it aligns with your parasympathetic rest and your nervous system operates in harmony.
These two types of living-based movements (balanced and effortless) nurture wellbeing in different ways. When seeking pleasure, balanced movement can enhance wellbeing through the spontaneous and flowing expression of vitality. When seeking to prevent loss and find relief from unfavorable circumstances, effortless movement can facilitate wellbeing by minimizing disturbances to rest.
To ensure balanced and effortless movements, prioritize rest before engaging in pleasure-seeking or relief-seeking activities. Also, prioritize the long-term comfort of rest over the short-term gratifications of our desires and the short-term relief of discomfort. This means learning to let go of our desires and accepting losses, rather than trying to prevent them.
Cultivate balanced and effortless movements that bring long-term joy and comfort, by learning to envision them before you perform them. Observe how these living-based movements naturally emerge from a state of rest and are defined by it, rather than being in conflict with it.
The first fundamental introduced REST, before movement, as the initial foundation of wellbeing. The second through fifth fundamentals enabled and deepened your restfulness. Lastly, the sixth fundamental introduces balanced and effortless MOVEMENT, that emerges and extends from rest, as the final foundation of wellbeing.
This training enables you to:
- Recognize the emotional muscle-excitation of pleasure
- Detect the urge to move towards pleasure that accompanies your muscle-excitation
- Suspend intense pleasure-seeking movement that interrupts restfulness
- Reduce disembodying thoughts accompanying intense pleasure-seeking movement
- Strengthen your embodiment and separateness in response to pleasure
- Strengthen your autonomy to rest while others seek pleasure
- Establish embodied restfulness before moving towards pleasure
- Reassure yourself of the safety to rest and suspend pleasure-seeking movement
- Rest, provide self-care, and soften emotional muscle-excitation
- Rest and acknowledge the loss of instant pleasure alongside the gain of long-term comfort
- Rest and gradually let go of unfulfillable wishes for pleasure
- Rest and awaken vitality by identifying flowing and balanced pleasure-seeking movement
- Sense how balanced movement naturally emerges from the state of rest and is defined by it
- Detect emotional muscle-tension and identify discomforting circumstances
- Detect the urge to move and seek relief from discomforting circumstances
- Suspend intense relief-seeking movement that interrupts restfulness
- Reduce disembodying thoughts accompanying intense relief-seeking movement
- Strengthen your embodiment and separateness in response to discomforting circumstances
- Strengthen your autonomy to rest while others seek relief from discomforting circumstances
- Establish embodied restfulness before you move to seek relief from discomforting circumstances
- Reassure yourself of the safety to rest and suspend relief-seeking movement
- Rest, provide self-care, and soften emotional muscle-tension
- Rest, accommodate, and localize emotional muscle-tension within your soft body
- Rest and acknowledge the loss of unrelieved discomfort alongside the gain of long-term comfort
- Rest and gradually let go of unfulfillable wishes for relief from loss
- Rest and identify effortless, balanced, relief-seeking movement to prevent loss
- Sense how effortless movement naturally emerges from the state of rest and is defined by it