To make rapid progress in changing your life, you first need to understand what embodiment is. If you don’t fully inhabit your body, then you limit your ability to effectively and efficiently change. It takes longer you have to work harder at it. It’s like trying to have a staff meeting but half the people are out at lunch. You get them back in the room, only to have the other half gone.
Disassociation from our bodies is so deeply ingrained and widespread it passes under the radar of consciousness, like a stealth fighter. We don’t even realize we’re moving around in an “ occupied” country. Reconnecting with your body will be the biggest and most effective gift you can give yourself on the path to having more than enough energy, passion, prosperity and freedom. Our bodies tell our stories and they always tell the truth, when we listen. Your body has intelligence beyond your mind.
We have spent a lifetime of dissociation. We live in a world, which encourages it; we demand more and more “ entertainment”, distraction. Even healthy distraction, is still keeping us living outside of ourselves? We live in a time of extreme dissociation from bodily experience. When we are not in our bodies, we are dissociated from our instincts, intuitions, feelings and insights, and it becomes possible to dissociate ourselves from other people’s feelings and other people’s suffering. The insidious ways in which we become numb to our bodily experience and the feelings and perceptions that arise from them leave us powerless to know who we are and what we want to create for ourselves. Our energy gets: “tuned down” as it becomes blocked, by the subconscious packing of unresolved feelings and experiences. When we have a self-destructive addiction, the impulse to overeat or to take drugs, this happens through the entrenchment of neurological and physiological patterns in our bodies. This is a form of “ armoring” or disembodiment, a process wherein old emotional energy has become suppressed and imbedded in the tissues of the body.
Practice keeping your awareness in your body. Whenever you catch yourself thinking, come back to your body. In general we are too much in the head, too much thinking. When we are occupied thinking it’s as though we’ve cast a net over our antennae. Limiting our ability to receive information from outside the box of our “ habitual mind”. Of course the mind has it’s uses, and can be a powerful ally if we put it to work for us, but left on auto, it causes a lot of static. The problem is we think we’re doing something by thinking. The temptation to solve our problems by thinking about them is a limiting trap, which unfortunately feels so natural, and the right thing to do.
The purpose of mindful movement practices like yoga, tai chi, chi Kung ect, is not perfection of your body but to help you get into your body, connect to it, tether yourself to it. It is a down to earth, flesh and bones, practice to give you a direct experience of yourself, where you are, here and now. It’s a good place to begin. The goal is to live in your body, and to learn to perceive clearly through it.
Stay connected to your body and watch your life change in ways you could not imagine.