I drove the 10 hour run from San Diego to Santa Cruz yesterday, entertained myself with good music and listened yet again to The power of Myth. It’s a 6 CD set of interviews of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyers and it is worth yearly revisits.
At one point, Campbell (one of the most celebrated scholars of world mythology) talks about the accord needed between the mind and the body to find our center. He says the mind is interested in doings and in finding meaning. The body is not so interested in meaning as it is in being and experience.
I’ve noticed, in myself and in clients, a tendency to separate from the body. We talk about getting it in shape and what it will or won’t do. We forget that we are our bodies, at least while we are here having this human experience.
I don’t know about you, but my body will always get the best of me if I try to do something it does not want to do. It will give me information and feedback in the form of headaches, sprained ankle, a wrist that no longer wants to type, a cold, you name it. I’ve learned to listen to the wisdom of my body.
While the mind is willing to tolerate, to maintain intense focus for hours at a time, the body has its own sense of what’s good for it. When we forget to satisfy all of our senses, we are neglecting our bodies. Our bodies want to feel fully alive!
I just found out this morning that an informal Holy Body Day is happening this Friday May 22nd and I’m inviting you to join us. I came across this in Moira Mallison’s blog Authentic Body Project. She credits our mutual friend Cynthia Morris with the inspiration. Cynthia writes in her blog Journey Juju that she was in Portugal May 22, 2008 where they celebrate Dia de Corpo de Cristo. It translates Holy Body Day. OK, that’s a different event, true, but Cynthia decided to designate it as a personal Holy Body Day.
AND why not celebrate a day of our bodies?
If, when you rise on Friday morning, your body gets to choose what it wants to experience that day, how might it respond? How will your body in-form you?
I’m guessing mine will say:
- Let my feet feel the soft forest earth beneath them as I follow them down to the river
- Let my skin soak up some warm sunshine and feel the cool waters run the length of me
- Vibrate with the sounds of some relaxing music and with the chanting of my own voice
- Breathe in scents of lavender, trumpet vine, ocean spray, pines in the warm mid-day sun
- Mindfully attend to cooking foods that delight me and let my tastebuds dance a slow dance with each bite
- Relax on the patio lounger in the cool night air and feast on the Milky Way (New moon is 24th)
- Dawdle like a school child while walking nowhere in particular and take in the many curiosities of this world like colorful flowers, butterflies, strange bugs, interesting sticks, singing birds, trees that come alive with “faces” in their trunks and dancing boughs.
Won’t you join us? How will you celebrate Holy Body Day this Friday?
(oh oh, I can already hear someone saying: soaking up the rays of the fluorescents, vibrating with the hum of the lunch room frig, warming myself by the photocopier lamp…) Hey, if that’s you, go for it!
Spread the word!
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