Have you ever experienced your body, mind, and emotions in tune, working together like a well oiled machine? It’s a wonderful expression of unity, nature at it’s best. For me, that’s what being embodied is all about, a self unified in the physical, mental, and emotional dimensions. And for those of us so inclined, throw in the spiritual dimension as well.
From what I can see, this experience of embodiment is all too fleeting and rare for most of us. The more common experience is disunity, a body/mind/spirit at odds with itself.
This disintegration of body, mind, spirit is partly due to the crazy busy, outward driven lives we live. We barely have time to think about the body that carries us around, no less listen to the very important messages it sends us.
There’s not much communication going on, even though our bodies are often talking to us.
This fragmented way of being is also in part a result of the culture of eating we have inherited which is completely disconnected from any sensitivity to beauty, health, ethics, or gratitude. If it isn’t fast, easy, cheap, addictive, and superficially satisfying to the taste buds, it doesn’t even qualify as food. This leads to an even deeper disassociation / separation from our bodies, our environment, and each other.
And finally we become disembodied because we have a long list of culturally driven expectations of how we should look and feel in our bodies. Our minds objectify our physical selves and this makes it even harder to experience ourselves as whole.
At this point you may be wondering, “So how do I get embodied? How do I unite my body, mind, and spirit? What’s the trick?”
The experience of being embodied is multi-faceted. And if it’s not your usual experience, you first have to imagine what it could be like.
Can you imagine being so unselfconscious and so unobjectified in your body that you didn’t even look in a window or a mirror when you walked by it? Or if you did see yourself in a mirror, your first thought wasn’t a negative criticism, but the joy of seeing your best friend?
For most of us that is almost unthinkable! But it is possible…
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The next step is finding a way to actually have that experience. Experience trumps knowledge every time. Without experiencing the awesome energy and seamlessness of a body, mind, and spirit working together, you don’t know this is your natural state, you don’t expect it. Without live feedback, without first hand discovery, you won’t know what you are looking for!
So, here are some ways to begin discovering a more fully embodied state. Be careful, you will get hooked!
- Practice a physical activity with passion – dance, yoga, sports. Just the sheer effort of learning something new with your body and your mind will bring you into that experience.
- Learn to prepare beautiful food – use your brain, your senses, and your hands, to reconnect with the source of your energy and vitality.
- Be kind to your self! Treat yourself to a spa day, try a whole-foods detox. Do something to pamper and heal your stressed out body and mind and get the communication going both ways.
Being embodied, being connected with all these dimensions of your being – body, mind, and spirit, frees you up to live life more fully. And that is no small thing in a world that needs all spirited minds and bodies on deck!