A Symbol of Movement

I was reminded this week of the mobius strip that I wrote about here. Only this time, instead of focusing on the inner/outer nature of the strip, I have been focused on the movement/continuation aspect.

As a Vata type, my energy fluctuates constantly. My experience of this resembles an EKG graph more than a smooth wave. Like this:


Sometimes, when I am completely energized, I start to fear the downward slide which tends to bring it on. The thought of losing energy (instead of the thought “what-shall-I-do-with-this-energy…”) accelerates the loss.

When I saw the simple infinity diagram, I began to imagine rounding out my energy pattern…turning it into this:

Infinity options

If I add to the symbol the accompanying words as presented to me, I have Fire/Freedom at the top and Ice/Form at the bottom which adds more metaphorical possibilities to the journey since I have experienced this recognition before and simply forgot. The fleshed out image helps me remember and assess, in a new way, my options.

So this week, when I felt my energy starting to wane, instead of jumping immediately to “oh no…”, I asked myself where I was on the symbol. This reminded me that the journey is a continuous cycling. Or as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke has put it:

“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”

Rainer Maria Rilke

The rounded corners (as opposed to the upward/downward arrows) suggest a gentleness and a flow, more like a meandering river than a waterfall. And, if my goal is to remain more near the middle area where Form and Freedom meet, then the recognition of movement is helpful. Hopeful. It emphasizes process more than product and, in my hunt for a new boss, that’s good news!

2 Thoughts

  1. Nice perspective. I certainly having an energy peak on Thursday afternoon! I too got a little nervous, hoping I wasn’t heading into a crash landing. I like the symbol of infinity as a way of mapping the energy pattern, and no, I didn’t crash. Thank goodness! Feeling kind of a mellow middle space which suits me fine. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Martha! Glad to hear you didn’t crash! I’m amazed at how a slight shift in perspective can change the express highway of “oh no!” to the meandering boulevard of “OK”.

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