“Through our body, we can know the world, what it is to feel, to be a self, which ultimately contributes to and is the source of our aliveness.” Hillary McBride (Embodiment and Body Image) What is your body showing you about the world? And what it is to feel?
My “mindfulness” challenge for myself everyday has been to notice my change of positions. To notice when I change from sitting to standing or vice versa. An incredibly simple task that I commit myself to in the morning, but when the end of the day has come I realize that I did not once notice…
It is quiet except for the cars passing by, my rings clashing against each other, and the sound of typing. Giving mental space for my body often feels like the escape hatch from anxiety. When I feel like I cannot stop the thinking (often) I begin to go around the day, naming in my mind…
the body keeps the score
Thinking about this idea from Van der Kolk today: “ (1) our capacity to destroy one another is matched by our capacity to heal one another. Restoring relationships and community is central to restoring well-being; (2) language gives us the power to change ourselves and others by communicating our experiences, helping us to define what we…
relationship with the cold
I try, every year, to continue running (outdoors) throughout the winter. I don’t love the cold. And by “don’t love”, I mean I really don’t like cold weather. I prefer to be indoors, under a blanket, probably napping. But I’ve realized that for my mind health, I need to keep up a habit of movement.…
3 words for this season
3 words that I’m looking to feel this season:
how does it feel..
…to be a body? I wrote a whole record of songs based on that question.^ As always, I embarked on the project at an overly ambitious time (finishing undergrad and starting grad school) and most of the songs never made it past demo stage. And I don’t know if any of the other songs will…
what does it mean to be embodied? Embodiment is creating headspace for your body. It is giving it enough room in your mind to acknowledge non-judgmentally what you have experienced within your physical self. It is how you greet yourself. It is seeing yourself. It is allowing yourself enough room to be with your emotions.
2q’s to reset
– what is my body? -what is my body not?
what is a body?
a body is a living organism with ability to sense and engage with the world and think critically. A body is our own personal site with which we engage with the world. Through it, we are able to sense our surroundings and respond. In it, we make decisions that determine how we move about social…