The Olympics are all around me here in London: endless activity, movement, exertion and speed! Then excitement, joy, pride, disappointment, regret, frustration, humility, elation, delight, and many more emotions – and constant, endless, perpetual movement ………..
The word ‘move’ has the same Latin root as the word emotion – emovere*. Makes sense, right? – not only do emotions move through us 24/7, (whether we are aware of them or not), their power is unmatched. They cause us to say things we try to find ways to un-say; they cause us to do things we wish we could undo. They can also fill us up with energy and drive us to achieve amazing things – as demonstrated here in London by so many right now!
Observing all these wonderful athletes from around the world, coming together in the only event that momentarily suspends differences and places all nationalities peacefully on common ground, I wonder how many of the athletes are using their true ability to manage their emotions to help them achieve their goals and their medals? Would becoming more emotionally aware and mindful help us all to spread the experience of equality and peace beyond the Olympics?
Personally, I believe it would – and does.
* Latin emovere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + movere 'move'.