1 : of or relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces and associated therewith
2 (a): active, lively; (b): dynamic, energizing
3: as relating to kinetic art (as a sculpture or assemblage having mechanical parts which can be set in motion)



Kinetic (adj.): “relating to muscular motion,” 1841, from Greek kinetikosmoving, putting in motion,” from kinetos move” verbal adjective of kineinto move.” From 1855 as “causing motion.”



“Practicing is not only playing your instrument, either by yourself or rehearsing with others – it also includes imaging yourself practicing. Your brain forms the same neural connections and muscle memory whether you are imaging the task or actually doing it.”

Yo-Yo Ma (b. 1955 American master cellist and songwriter, a child prodigy, performing since the age of five, and founder of Silkroad, a nonprofit affiliated with Harvard University that creates meaningful intersections of the arts, education and business.)

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“Gymnastics uses every single part of your body, every tiny muscle that you never even knew.”

Shannon Miller (b. 1977, 7-time Olympic medalist gymnast from Edmond, Oklahoma, only American so far to rank among the Top All-Time gymnasts and only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame, twice.)

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“My business is only to keep myself in motion, whilst motion pleases me; I only walk for the walk's sake.”

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592, one of the greatest French philosophers of the Renaissance, who wrote three books of “Essays,” and established a new literary form of intimate self-portraits)

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“There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changing... They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive. You must be constantly on your guard against congealing.”

Gail Godwin (b. 1937, American novelist and short story writer, written over 14 novels, two short story collections, three non-fiction books and ten libretti)

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“They were young and gay and the femininity of their teenage years had only recently hardened into the muscle of a competitive sexual economy. Their muscles met the demands of the city, and the city met the demands of their muscles.”

Christopher Bollen (b. 1975, novelist and magazine writer/editor, who lives in NYC and writes about art, literature, and culture)

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“. . . for meaning is never in the event but in the motion through event. Otherwise we could isolate an instant in the event and say that this is the event itself. The meaning. But we cannot do that. For it is the motion which is important.”

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989, novelist, writer, poet, best known for writing the novel, All the King’s Men, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1947, he later received two more Pulitzer for his poems, Promises: Poems, 1954-56 and for Now and Then: Poems, 1976-1978)

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“God who gave Animals self motion beyond our understanding is without doubt able to implant other principles of motion in bodies [which] we may understand as little. Some would readily grant this may be a Spiritual one; yet a mechanical one might be shown, did not I think it better to pass it by.”

Isaac Newton (1643 and 1727, English philosopher, astronomer, physicist, scientist, and mathematician, most famous for his Law of Gravitation, which was instrumental for the scientific revolution of the 17th century.)

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“Practicing is not only playing your instrument, either by yourself or rehearsing with others – it also includes imaging yourself practicing. Your brain forms the same neural connections and muscle memory whether you are imaging the task or actually doing it.”

— Yo-Yo Ma

I admire those people who are blessed to possess natural kinetic genius, those who use their bodies with grace and eloquence.

Not particularly endowed with athletic abilities as a child myself, I always marveled at the ways both of my sisters would excel in sports and in dance, two areas where I was mediocre, at best.  I was joking with friends other night while watching college basketball that my sport during high school was the marching band.  No kidding.  My one kinetic ability, of which I enjoy immensely, is walking.

I admired my sisters and their abilities to have quick access to their bodies’ innate kinetic capabilities.  I also watched in glee as a child when my father swam the ocean with grace further than anyone dared.   He was also a great runner, and so was my mother athletically inclined before she married and had four children.

I am also proud that both my son and daughter were great runners and swimmers, and when they wanted they could pick up other kinetic abilities, like martial arts, roller blading, and skate boarding.  My vision of exposing my children to as much experiences as they wanted really paid off.  They kind and independent-thinking world citizens that not only have access to their bodies functionalities, but also to their own minds and unique hearts.

What are your kinetic capabilities and gifts, and are they a part of your spiritual practice?  Maybe it’s something to explore?

Miraculously Yours, Tonya




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