• Elizabeth Bartasius

Moving is Not Up for Grabs: How I get unstuck (Part 1)

Why Movement is Uber Important

Lately, I have noticed how Moving is non-negotiable.

Anatomically, we humans are built to move with feet, legs, knees and toes.

As I look around me, I see movement; it’s the constant in an ever-changing landscape.

We live in a Universe in motion.

Nothing is stagnant.

Not the ideas in my head.

Not the blood in my veins.

Not the molecules in my writing desk.

Not the ground I laid down on this morning during my meditation.

Face in the dirt, I watched minute little crawl-y things weave their way over specks of sand and tiny pebbles.

All are in motion.

When Things Get Sticky

So when I feel stuck, I know the ONLY thing there is to do is to MOVE.

Move my body with a 5 minute walk.

Move the stone on my meditation labyrinth.

Move my fingers over the keyboard.

Move the waste in my bowels. (Thus, a bowel movement, get it? :-)

Sometimes movement means getting up off the couch and changing locations to my reading nook.

Sometime movement takes me across the Atlantic ocean.

Sometimes movement is saying “Yes” to a dinner invitation, or the job I never thought I would ever take.

When I’m stuck writing, I rearrange the sticky notes of my board, to see a story line from a different angle.

  • Or I might change the font of a piece I’m working on.

  • Or I might start editing from the back to the front.

  • My favorite is grabbing a pen and paper to let the motion of cursive writing guide words onto the page. In those moments, I feel like a painter creating, for creation is the goal, and the reason I move at all in the first place.

When my body hurts, I move it:

  • A ten minute walk with the dog,

  • A jaunt to the end of the driveway and back,

  • Even just standing up at my desk and doing a quickie “Heads, knees and toes” song-and-dance.

When my mind is bored, I move it.

  • I call one vital contact.

  • I get advice and follow it.

  • I make lists of ‘what sounds like fun’, then pick one and do.

  • I start a project, big or small.

When my heart is heavy, I move it.

  • I choose a small thing to love or appreciate: the dog, my husband, a beautiful stone, the rogue iguana that shits by the side of the pool.

  • I meet with a therapist.

  • I cook dinner.

  • I invite a friend over.

When money is tight and I worry, I move.

  • I check account balances and rethink how I could make X & Y work.

  • Sometimes, I have to trick the accounting and ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’.

  • Sometimes, I use ‘smoke-and-mirrors’.

  • I pay a bill.

  • I take on a project.

I’ve tried a million other ways to get unstuck:















Netflix Binging

In the end, Intentional Action, is what it takes.

One act opens space for another.

And another.

And another.

Soon, we are speeding!

So what is next?

Read Part 2: Starting is a Bitch- How I Overcome the Anxiety of Beginning Anything