“I’ve always felt the brain organizes and computes while writing, but the body is the place where story lives.”— Kathleen Winter, “Writing with the Body”
Just curious, are you in your body right now?
This seems like a bizarre question. Of course I’m in my body, you idiot! Being in your body means more than having a body. It means how your hands, your heart and your mind have an effect. You know how all the self help gurus are always saying, “be present”? This is what they are talking about. Cut away the bullshit and pay attention.
The idea of transcendence fascinates me. People think it happens on a yoga retreat in India, but you know what? It happens every fucking day. It starts with your creativity, and how you know intrinsically what you are meant to share in the world. By creativity, I do not mean your blue-ribbon quilting or your published book or how many followers you have (or however one defines “worth”). I mean, what makes your heart leap? What is it that you do that you can feel from your head to your toes?
I thought I would provide some examples of people I know, and what this means.
- shopping second hand stores, then making something beautiful out of something that wasn’t.
- going to a PTA meeting and speaking your mind.
- walking miles and miles to bring awareness to an issue you care about.
- cutting flowers from your garden and making your home beautiful.
- writing a letter to a good friend.
- making dinner for someone who needs to be nourished.
- taking photos all afternoon.
- making beer and serving it to friends.
- turning up the music and dancing with your kids.
- keeping a journal.
- having a party with a theme.
- going to your favorite band’s concert.
- decorating your house for the holidays with your kids.
- for me, writing a poem.
“…I took a mental picture of the moment. I looked around and thought about my life. I felt grateful. I noticed every detail. That is the key to time travel. You can only move if you are in the moment. You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.” –Amy Poehler, Yes, Please.
I really love being around people who are sharing their stories. You can share your story in a zillion ways, many of which do not require words. But what they do require, and what I hope we can all do in the most ordinary of ways, is be there. Show up with your whole self. Whenever you do that, you are in your body. Isn’t that so awesome?
photo by Barbara Paulsen at tandemechoes.com
“In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk,