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your body's experience of motivation

Posted Jun 24 2010 10:13am

I know, that's a weird title... but bear with me for a minute here 'cause this might be an interesting thing for you guys to think about.


I'm just about to go off to the office, and I wanted to take a stab at this idea. But I may not get all the way through before I need to leave. You all may be stuck with half a post this morning (sorry, but I did want to get this idea out to you all so you could play with it).

I was thinking about helpful/healthy outlets and less healthy ones, and that led me to thinking more about our motivation for things. Which then led me to (not surprising, knowing me) back to the idea of connection and disconnection.

Ok, so what the heck am I talking about? (always a good question with me!). Let me give you an example of how I'm thinking about this: Say I'm going to walk up a flight of stairs. There could be several reasons I'm going to do this (like, I need to get to the top because my office is up there, or, I want some exercise, or, I've been sitting all day and want to move around, or,there's a super cute llama at the top and I want to pet him...just to name a few- you guys might (sadly) include "I feel fat and need to burn off some calories" to your list of reasons to climb).

Now, do you think my body has any idea of my motivation for climbing the stairs? I really don't think so. I really don't (and I"m not saying bodies are dumb, not at all, they just don't have cognitive skills like our intellect does and so they don't differentiate between "oh, we're going up the stairs because it's helping reduce anxiety" or "oh, up the stairs we go because we have to get to the office"

What our bodies register is the amount of activity we do (what it costs us physically to go up those stairs).

So, what on earth does this have to do with connection and disconnection? Well, I know this is going to seem like a tease, but I really do have to go to work for now; so I'm going to leave you all to ponder this and come up with thoughts about how it relates. And I'll be back to finish this post later on today after I return from work :)  Ponder on dudes :)
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