Making Positive Changes: The Law of Inertia

"Action Changes Things"How refreshing it is, to begin a new cycle, a new season, or even a new week! We yearn to clean out the old, the uninspiring, the things that don’t work anymore — and bring in the new:  Fresh, pure, full of possibility…

But truth be told, too often this appealing scenario only happens in our mind’s eye: We fervently wish for something new, and better. Our hearts truly long for change. But we don’t believe in ourselves enough to take the necessary steps toward implementation. We don’t act. But why? Why do we repeatedly fall short of our goals and stay stuck?

Old-school science (à la Isaac Newton, 1687’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica) gives us a good starting point when thinking about bodies and physical systems. Newton’s 1st Law of Motion is sometimes called the “law of inertia”:  A body at rest, or moving at a constant velocity, will not change unless acted upon by an external force. 

We know this! It takes some catalyst to get us to change. And even when we think we’re changing our own mind, unaided (thank you very much) – it’s usually a response to an external event that causes us to shift. Too many times, we wait for Trouble (with a capital T) to show up:  a total breakdown; maybe cancer, or a stroke – something we can’t ignore. Those wiser and more observant souls might notice subtle warning signs that portend trouble, and try to change something before the Big Disaster hits. Taking time to relax and have fun, improving one’s diet and digestion, finding enjoyable ways to exercise adequately, maybe quitting a noxious habit or two – all good responses to that whisper within that urges us to try.

But the reason so many good intentions drift back toward that initial state of inertia is because that external force is needed, again and again, to keep you on track and remind you why you wanted change in the first place. To be your advocate for the change you want to see. To gently insist on accountability. And to celebrate the milestones you achieve, knowing where you’ve come from – and what it’s taken to make it happen.

This is where I typically assist:  Assessing your health status from a different medical perspective, repairing your chronic problems holistically, so that treatments continually improve your capacity to gain strength, greater resilience, more flexibility. Chinese Medicine does this by working with the Qi, the energy principle of our cells, tissues, organs – as well as our brain and nervous system, and the greater mysteries of mind, emotions and spirit. As One. Helping you to feel the harmony of your unique existence, providing that external stimulus that keeps change on track.

On our lower arms there are 2 acupuncture points that I often use:  “Outer Frontier Gate” (TB-5) and “Inner Frontier Gate” (at PC-6.) Outer Frontier Gate marks the interface with the world outside the borders of our body, mind and spirit. Can we truly feel and sense the beauty of the world outside us? Can we make sense of what it offers, or go beyond our own boundaries and beliefs, to experience the world from someone else’s eyes? Do we feel comfortable when we are at the edge of our known universe?

And in contrast: How rusty is the gate to your Inner Frontier? It opens to your willingness to be honest and vulnerable, touched by feeling and emotion, knowing what your Heart whispers in the night that you repeatedly choose to ignore. This point’s channel is sometimes called the Heart Protector – and the gate to this intimate space is one in which the inner conversation about making change happens: Will we risk too much by trying something new or different? Can we be honest with ourselves as we go through a transformational experience that is (perhaps) nothing like what we’ve done before to address our health and well-being, or our torment, our fears? This is not a journey to undertake alone, for we need guidance, support, encouragement, contact – someone to hold the compass, to ensure that you are walking in the right direction. It is the step beyond what in modern times we call “self-healing.” It requires the action of surrender, of asking for help.

The month of January gets its name from Janus, the ancient Roman god of doors, gates, and beginnings. Janus is depicted in paintings and sculpture as having 2 faces – one which looks forward, while the other looks backward. Both are necessary. Taking full account of our past attitudes and actions (or lack thereof) we can mark our new beginning point, consciously look forward, and go through the gate – and open that door to Health or Prosperity or Inner Peace… But we must act.

Blessings on all your hopes and dreams for a better life, a new beginning, and radiant health.

– Christy