When I look around I see many people that are disconnected and estranged from their bodies. Whether they are on a spiritual path that pushes the body aside for the promise of enlightenment or whether they are so in their heads that they lost connection. Either way, they miss out on important sensations and emotions that their body sends them about the now moment and all the magic that is in there for the taken. It takes conscious living in the body to consciously being in the now moment.
I see many people living in a sort of twilight state between being awake and asleep. Just a little aware of the body that they are living in. Under the assumption that the body is as makeable as a machine or product, many people carelessly burn up the body’s resources. Poor nutrition, rigid exercise, stress, little sleep, sitting a lot, being out of touch with emotions and real needs, poor movement coordination, and the muscle tension patterns that this creates, are some of the factors that contribute to further distancing our living body and its connection to the earth and our original life spark of wonder and curiosity.
I notice the problems that occur when we don’t re-member our physical home. Many physical injuries happen when people are not tuning in with the voices of their bodies that inform them that something is enough or not pleasant. Many inhibiting movement habits arise when we are not listening to our body way. The result tension, strain, tiredness, lack of energy. In the long run, this compromises our vitality and sense of wellbeing. What starts physical, immediately touches upon our feeling and emotional state. It influences how we think and communicate with ourselves and how we receive and direct life-energy through our energy-system. Sensing, feeling, thinking, and moving is in every way interwoven and operates interrelated.
I see how their minds react to this process by creating a feeling of safety and comfort, imprisoning the playfulness, curiosity, creativity, and yearning for growth of their wild souls, bodies, and nervous system. Then something shocking happens like getting laid off, a relationship that ends… and suddenly the world is on fire. Their comfort zone is no longer that safe place but a wild furious river of unknowingness and anxiety. Yet many people never practiced stepping in that river while it was relatively calm, curiously tasting the water with a toe, a foot, a first-time experiential swim. Connecting to their emotions and sensations, their inner universe of creative resources.
Our body is all about relationship with the unknown, our ego-mind acts alone and is past/future oriented.
In an ideal situation, the mind would listen to the heart and body’s intention and figure out how to get there. However, reality shows that in many situations of chronic tension and daily little ‘accidents; the conscious mind has taken the lead. Trying to make sense of our complex surroundings and the potential for the body to move in it, with only the small amount of information it can take in and process, compared to the endless data our heart and body can process in ample seconds.
Our bodies have an intimate ‘giving-and-receiving’ relation with everything around us; our energy system, our environment, and the vibration of the greater energy field around us. One could say that on a deeper level our body is totally in union with the living earth and spirit. Feeling and sensing from our living body is listening in and attuning to the heartbeat of mother earth and life itself and accessing their infinite wisdom pearls. In practice, this means that we are aware of our body and the environment when we perceive, feel, think and act. Every conscious interaction with the environment helps our brain to grow and to tune in even more subtly and deeply to the living environment and expand its awareness.
Every time when we step into unknown space with ourselves, be it a first-time activity or an unfamiliar place, we connect with that expanded awareness and access the wisdom pearls. We allow ourselves to playfully re-explore how it is that we fall and stand up, how it is that we creep and crawl. We prep ourselves for the challenges that life will bring through experiences that invite us to step in with a child’s mind spirit, wonder, and curiosity for learning. Like the pubs of the lioness practice hunting through play; chasing everything that moves as well as each other. One day they are skilled enough to stay alive. With every time we learn through experience and play, we learn more about ourselves, our habits, patterns, talents, and gifts while expanding our resources of creativity and resilience, and nourish our nervous system.
In the blog ‘What does a nervous system and a plant have in common‘ you can read more about how you can take care and nourish your nervous system so that it can help you thrive and grow in return.