“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny” – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Newton knew it when he penned the laws of motion: An object at rest will stay at rest unless a force acts upon it. So what's your motivating force?
I find the idea of New Years resolutions quite insight into our human behaviour . Does one day really change the negative habits acquired over the year when a new calendar year rolls around? Many people react the same way when confronted with change no matter the stimulus... a health scare often prompts an unrealistic change in healthy habits, the breakdown of a relationship; to look at oneself, the loss of a job leads to reflection on talents and skills. Whatever the change... the reaction to that change is what defines us.
The laws of physics in regards to Momentum are analogous to the laws of Samskaras, Vasana and Karma in Vedantic theory. Any action we perform will produce a Samskara (an impression or reaction/force) in our lives and also in subsequent births. Samskaras are quite often subconscious habits or tendencies that we have towards acting and reacting in a particular way. Contemporary psychology may compare Samskaras to habitual tendencies. Samskaras or habits repeated then become reinforced into Vasana or the drive to always fill the desire of the habit (addictions are a good example of the power of habit over our better judgement). We have all been the victim of negative momentum and been affected by the results of this... the feeling of being out of control or stuck in a rut. The force of this negative behaviour always outweighs the desire for renewal and change. It has momentum often we have the insight to stop negative habits… but the stage of inertia, moving from stop, back to doing again challenging. Anyone who has ever suffered depression knows that feeling of inertia or being stuck. There needs to be a force greater that becomes the momentum against the breaks of negative habit that lead to inertia… that force is will power or a spark (tapas)… and it doesn’t come easy, it can’t be medicated or bought. One must cultivate it from the depths of the self. The inner flame that is ignited by an idea and bought to life by MOVEMENT.