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  What is Motivation? (journalling activity)

motivation /ˌmoʊtəˈveɪʃən/ noun (from

1a : the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something : the act or process of motivating someone
  • Some students need motivation to help them through school.
b : the condition of being eager to act or work : the condition of being motivated
  • employees who lack motivation
2: a force or influence that causes someone to do something
  • His behavior seemed to be without motivation. = There seemed to be no motivation [=reason, motive] for his behavior.
  • Many people have questioned her motivations in choosing to run for office at this time.

To motivate is to move, to move to action. When we see someone in great need, we are directly motivated to help. When we see someone in great joy we are directly motivated to smile. We don't think about, list pros and cons... we are the action.

Most of life though isn't as spontaneous as those moments; most of life is made up of habitual repetitive motions and our motivation, the reason to move is buried or hidden.

If you are new to HYP, though, you may be in the precarious position of desire without trigger: you're new enough that if there were someone to mirror miraculously in your living room tomorrow morning, you'd say, "Yes!" but in the absence of that trigger, motivation is absent. In this case you want to want to practice yoga at home, but aren't even sure where to begin. That's okay, this workshop will give you a clear why and some techniques to embody it.

Or perhaps you have or do practice at home, but that practice has gone stale or dormant. That's okay, and is often part of the ebb and flow of HYP. In this case, habit has buried or hidden your true why. We often need to reconnect to an old why, or more likely, discover a more updated why for where, who and how we are right now.

When desire is tied directly to action we call that motivation. We have many desires we don’t act on, either for good or ill. Let me be clear - the good or ill attaches to the action, not the desire. Desires are not morally valent - they have no moral valence, or charge. Desires are neither good nor bad. They are, and they are either in the light of awareness or hidden, and hidden desires are more likely to lead to ambiguous, uncomfortable actions than desires we bring into the light and decide not to act on.

Motivation is all about the why. So often when starting a new habit we focus on the what and turn it into a goal.

That is well and good, but we're going to go one level deeper. Before we look at "what" in HYP: What to do, we're taking a deep dive into why.

Our reasons for acting - desires motivating our actions - are about wanting to embody something. Rather than being about discipline, the future or doing, reasons are about inclusion, presence and being.

You can journal in the comments below or open up your notebook, put the question at the top and journal privately.

Journal: Your Why

I establish a Home Yoga Practice so that I can have these experiences:

Journal: Your Stumbling Blocks

These conditions (things, feelings, people, thoughts....) feel like or have been stumbling blocks to my HYP: