There are two things in life that we go through every day. One thing keeps moving, going round and round, coming again and again, minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, month after month or year after year. The other thing remains, come what may, go what may!
We need these two factors to be in balance if we have to live well in this world, succeed in all that we do and keep our sanity too in the process. One is movement and the other is stillness. There is danger in too much movement. There is stagnation in just remaining still. If you take the wheel of a mud cart, for instance, everything is made of the same piece of wood. The rim which provides for the maximum movement is enduring a rough and tough ride through dirt tracks. The spokes which apparently don’t touch the road, but are just supporting the rim, seem to be moving round and round so fast. The centre grip which is the fulcrum of the whole big wheel, connecting it to the axle, is always still.
Our life too goes along in this same way. If we live in this awareness of the movement and stillness factors in us, the journey of life can be smooth. Else, there is only stress, tension, suffering and sorrow.
The whole universe is moving in this same pattern. The planets are moving, the earth is moving, the moon is moving and the whole solar system too is moving in galactic space. We also have something that moves in our body all the time, though apparently it looks steady and still. Scientists today will tell you about the atoms, molecules and particles in cells that are in a constant state of agitated movement in still space.
When this movement of our body and mind follows the pattern of nature, we are able to endure easily. When the movement of our thoughts, words and actions is tuned to dharma or a natural harmony of the universe, the wheels of our life vehicle get endowed with a buffer air suspension on the road of experience.
This is the background to many of our rituals like walking around the sanctum sanctorum in temples, navagrahas, around mountains such as Tiruvannamalai or Kailash. When we go around energy zones, we are taking the time off to re-align our energies to the centre, so that we begin our journey of life with more clarity and energy too. Our day begins from non-movement. We go through movement in space and time and it falls back into non-movement again. Living a stress-free and harmonious life is to be in alignment with this principle of non-movement and movement in our actions, words and thoughts.