Every Move Matters

As I was sitting here in a local café with the intention of doing some writing and not really having anything coming to me, a young gentleman walked up and stopped at the table I was sitting at and said, “It’s really great to be able to work from home, isn’t it?” – as I later found out he actually works as a business analyst remotely from home. After briefly sharing how I actually work night shift as an aircraft technician and was just doing some writing here at the café, we embarked on a beautiful discussion that ranged in topics from living in service instead of for self-gain and developing true purpose in our daily work, to his goal of early retirement/financial freedom and growing a non-profit company that would build schools around the world and what it means to live in a way that puts people first.

Even the concept of reincarnation and working in this life to set up future generations of kids that live in a caring, loving way was discussed. In essence, we were able to deeply connect with each other and share intimate aspects of each other’s lives within the span of 5 minutes, learning from each other’s experiences and offering different perspectives that may even challenge the other person’s belief systems, while honouring each other openly without judgement – a truly exquisite conversation that I shared with him really made my day.

We exchanged phone numbers and agreed to stay in touch and meet up again sometime soon. And so I sit here feeling incredibly appreciative and inspired by a young man who was so open that he could literally stop in his tracks and follow his impulse to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger, and then express with such honesty and without the usual protection or guard and competition that most men tend to engage in, especially early on in their relationships.

Another thing that this reflected to me was that my new friend felt comfortable enough to engage in this spontaneous, deep conversation because even though I was just sitting there relatively motionless, I was in a ‘movement’ of energy that emanated an openness that held others as equals with understanding and with a sensitivity that was ready to meet another person with that same level of connection without hesitation.

So, in a sense, I was receiving from this beautiful man a reflection of the quality that I was holding myself in. Wow, I am just letting that one sink in, with deep appreciation.

And this brings us to the whole point of this piece, that is, that every little movement that we make during the day can have a profound effect on others, from stopping in our busy day to connect with someone we feel drawn to, or to simply hold others in the same level of care and love that we hold ourselves. This holding can then lead to a positive feedback situation, where we get reflected back to us in the form of life experiences and relationships the reality that we hold for ourselves to be true. So, if we think we are not good enough or only deserve abusive relationships and suffering/hardships, etc. due to low self-worth and past emotional hurts, then that is the reality that will come to fruition. But in the end, we are so much more than those hurts and on the level of our soul we maintain an untouchable and unbreakable love that can surpass even the most intense levels of abuse and suffering that we currently find on the planet. We just have to surrender to the knowingness that this is indeed the truth.

I have recently found just how profound it can be to allow myself to feel that Divine connection with my soul, and am beginning to notice how it has a ripple effect on others. This has brought a whole new level of responsibility to my life as I am seeing how the way and quality in which I talk to people, how I move my body with gentleness or not justwhile at work and home, and even how I hold myself while I walk, all is communicating the level of love and openness I am to all the people I am in relationship with– and even to Nature, as I have seen this reflected back to me via beautiful and unique encounters with animals.

So if I go to work and start throwing my tools around in anger or frustration, that sends a signal to others to back off and will limit our ability to be open and connect deeply in Brotherhood while we work together. Alternatively, if I walk in the front door of work and am maintaining an openness and elongated posture in my body that is both gentle and claimed in the tender and sensitive qualities that I bring to others, this offers others an opportunity to engage with me more easily and perhaps appreciate and inspire the same innate qualities within themselves.

What I have noticed lately is just how much other people notice all the little idiosyncrasies of movement that we express to them, and even the most subtle touch on someone’s shoulder in support or the slightest word of appreciation and encouragement can actually change someone’s life in a positive way forever. And having that sweet gentleman come up to me in this café today truly feels like a message from Heaven, reminding me of the amazing power we have to transform the world by our simple daily movements with no need to protest, fight, or complain about all the corruption. It’s just about the simple way in which we move and hold our bodies.

By Michael Goodhart, Aircraft Technician, B.A. Psychology, Lover of Nature and being playful with life, North Carolina, USA

Further Reading:
Reflections from Everyday Life
Me, my Brothers, Mohammad and Jesus at the Gym
The Tube or a Taxi? An Appreciation of Myself and What I Bring

44 thoughts on “Every Move Matters

  1. Every move matters. I concur. We could also say that every connection/relationship matters as well even the ones with people at a bus stop 🤗❤️

  2. We completely underestimate the power we have as beings and the energetic impact or influence we have on our surroundings whether that be other people or nature and the planet itself.

  3. ‘Even the concept of reincarnation and working in this life to set up future generations of kids that live in a caring, loving way was discussed.’ To me, the foundation of the change we want to see.

  4. Michael you were sharing that you had been on the night shift as an Aircraft technician and was just doing some writing at the café. This feels huge to me because I know quite a few people including someone very close to me that are Aircraft mechanics. I would say being on any night shift is tough as the body has to adjust to a way of living which is against its natural rhythm. Not so long ago one Aircraft mechanic I know told me they fell asleep at the wheel of their car going home after night shift and ‘wrote off’ their car, thankfully the mechanic was okay apart from shock and bruises. I was intrigued with what you had written because I don’t feel that you are particularly tired and I wondered if you live in a way that supports you to work a night shift and may be you could write another blog about this aspect of your work so that we can all benefit from your experiences.

    1. Well, you are kind of reading my mind here Mary, as your concept for a blog about how to work night shift, or any shift for that matter and be able to be at work with true vitality (not the usual caffeine or sugar fuelled type) was on my list of ones to write about. Even though we are working out of our body’s normal rhythm during shift work, I have noticed there is a way to do it by deeply listening to what our bodies need in the form of rest, sleep, and moving in a super gentle way, and not holding back my expression, so when the shift is over, I go home feeling like the day is complete and I can then drift into my sleep much better. But what I hear from many of the other people I work with is that they sometimes don’t even go to bed for up to 5 or 6 hours after they get home! No wonder the caffeine and sugar intake is through the roof the next day to make it through the shift…barely.

      1. I love your writing Michael as it feels when reading, the reader gets to really be with you, it is very open and intimate in how you write. I can’t wait to read this other blog you are taking of. Fascinating to hear about your job as well ✨

  5. This is such a lovely blog reminding us of the fact that ‘everything is everything’ and nothing is too small to be beneath notice since every detail has a ripple effect that keeps going ad infinitum..

  6. Every move is contained within the body of God, there is no-thing that can be outside of His realm and so what it all boils down to is whether or not we’re moving within His body in a way that is in keeping with Him or whether we’re moving discordantly and bringing disharmony to the being that He is,

    1. They can have such a profound effect in the exposure of the harsher movements we may be habitually making. If someone walks by and is super delicate or touches me in a way that is super delicate and I have been used to being hard, it can be a beautiful reflection for the potential of a different way.

  7. It’s all about expression isn’t Michael, the expression of your true being, our soul, in our every movement and thought to the best of our ability. And, the appreciation is there for us to clock and become aware of in our day to day living, which brings more purpose and inspiration to be soulful.

    1. Spot on Melinda, our reflection and expression is everything and so powerful. Another thing that I have just recently come to realise with the help of some close friends is how allowing ourselves to see all the things in the world that we know are not our True Way-(the greed, corruption, sexual abuse, bullying, war, giving up on life, torture, self-harming and things like drug and alcohol use, etc.) and instead of getting in reaction and frustration to it, we use the rot that we have observed as another way to fuel our purpose in doing what is within our power to rid the world of it. And this all simply starts with how we live and hold ourselves and others in an equal love and understanding, thereby providing to others the refection of another way.

      1. This is really beautiful Michael, thank you for your comment, it’s an all encompassing responsibility to be aware of both the magic of soul and God and all that is not true, yet the response is the same – love and purpose. I found this very inspiring as a new foundation “we use the rot that we have observed as another way to fuel our purpose in doing what is within our power to rid the world of it.” Thank you!

  8. Thank you for sharing this Michael. It’s true that we pick up on peoples quality all the time. Being sensitive helps me to do my job as well as I do. Also, my clients pick up on how I am as well.

  9. What a beautiful blog you have written Michael reminding us all how to be in this world we live in. I felt truth in your words.

  10. Michael incredible isn’t it that we can have an intimate indepth conversation with a stranger whilst others of us can spend a lifetime with another person and never exchange anything other than small talk. But whoever it is that we’re choosing to be life will reflect us back to ourselves, without comment or judgement.

      1. Agreed Andrew. I can remember taking my son away for a weekend of camping, I had it in my head that I needed to spend more time with him and was comparing myself to other families who went away a lot together. To be honest the weekend wasn’t great and my son and I didn’t have the closeness that I was hoping for. In recent years I have been applying something that an esoteric healing practitioner said to me, with great effect. She said that it’s the quality that counts and not the quantity of time spent together and as a result my relationship with my son has deepened and become really quite beautiful.

  11. Yesterday I share a meal with an exquisite young man in his late thirties. As we spoke, I became aware of his quality, he was model of beingness, unusual in many young men, something he brought others, both men and women, but probably unaware of. I appreciated and shared my observations with him. It’s important when we sense true depth and quality in another to share this with them.

  12. Beautiful to appreciate that the quality of energy you were in called in the attention of this open and gorgeous young man. Yes indeed a blessing. Important to note how each movement we make has a ‘profound effect on others’: Even sitting still is a movement in itself.

  13. Michael you are reminding all of us what happens is the extra-ordinary, that can be an ordinary but an exquisite part of our lives. How refreshing that you met someone who could feel that they could open up to you and just be themselves. That this man could have a meaning-full conversation because he could feel that you were harmless and not in self protection. This shows me that we read energy all the time we just don’t allow ourselves the appreciation of just how much we read and instinctively know.

  14. Michael this piece of writing is beautiful because you are expressing the magic of God and what naturally happens when we are in the flow of the universe.

    1. A brick house is still built one brick at a time, with every move and the accurate placing of each brick being pivotal to the strength and integrity of the whole structure. We just need to focus on the quality of laying each brick!

  15. This is beautiful. I am so glad to be reading this while waiting at bank and be reminded that I am a vehicle and my every move matters.

  16. So often we look to the big things to bring in change, be that a change in government, new laws or an uprising and although those things might indeed be needed it is our everyday Livingness that will be the nuts and bolts of the change that we all unconsciously ache for.

    1. Very true Alexis. I can see how the entertainment industry and media industries have contributed to this view by highlighting and glorifying, where everyone seems to be trying to out-do the other in almost a competitive way to show the rest of the world how they have done some incredibly ‘altruistic’ to save some village in a third world country or take on some megalithic pharmaceutical company, for example, in an effort that actually ends up feeling kind of self-entered and a ‘feel-good’ gesture more than a truly compassionate action.

  17. I love the title of this blog ‘Every Move Matters’ it certainly does. Awesome to here of your relationship and conversation with this person as well ❤️

  18. Thank you Michael, being open to conversation in every relationship definitely delivers so much Joy as this is felt from the simple interchange you had in your 5 minute discussion with your new found friend and I can’t wait to hear from you about how your next discussions goes when you two next decide to meet.

  19. Changing the world is not about going out there and doing the actions of saving another as we are so often fooled to believe. I love what you have shared here Michael: “reminding me of the amazing power we have to transform the world by our simple daily movements with no need to protest, fight, or complain about all the corruption. It’s just about the simple way in which we move and hold our bodies.”

  20. Staying open in the heart and open to others is not a head thing where we need to convince ourselves to do so. Rather it is a body thing, and can only come from our movements as you have so aptly shared in your blog Michael. When we move with a gentleness, and then deepen these movements into tenderness then we are beginning to express the essence of who we are which does so deeply hold another and self in a space where we feel safe and deeply cared for – this sets the ‘scene’ so to speak for intimacy in whatever way that then presents itself, such as a meaningful conversation, a walk together, some time with the other sharing who we are with no hiding.

  21. Michael – thank you for your heart-felt sharing – when we encounter situations and are willing to see and read more about them, it opens us up to learning and growing and confirmation of our grandness in more ways than we realise.

  22. Thank you Michael, the reminder that our movements matter. If we chose to live in a way that was aware of the impact of our movements right down to the movement that comes from our words and thoughts, we would get an inkling of the responsibility we have with what we put out to others and how we contribute to the world we live in.

  23. There is an appreciation on offer for you Michael to feel how you had moved before meeting the young man offered him the opportunity to feel above to start the conversation. So we learn that situations can be set up, helpful or less helpful, all by our movements.

    1. Excellent point Gill. Nothing just happens out of coincidence, but is in fact an outplay of all the other ways we have carried ourselves leading up to that movement. So I agree totally that this is something to really appreciate when we have moments like the one I had in the cafe’, since our openness and lack of protection is like hanging a sign up that says ‘It’s Ok, you can do the same, I won’t judge you’ and then this loving expression can inspire others when that person opens up in kind.

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