Reparenting, Clarity & the Body
We are not in our bodies enough, which is a shame b/c that’s where our wisdom is.
This might sound confusing; we live in our bodies, don’t we? How can we not be IN them? While we obviously process our experiences in our physical bodies, few of us actively connect to the language of our body. We can’t read where we are storing experiences that need processing or releasing. We can’t hear our bodies asking for what they need. We can’t tune in to divine. This is HUGE; there is so much I could say about it. It’s one of the big divides in spiritual practices/study: do we reach higher understanding through study & contemplation (the brain), or through physical practices (praying with rosaries, yoga, etc.). A gross simplification of a conversation that FASCINATES me.
As a super-intellectual (Sagittarius!) raised in the West to academically-minded parents, I was taught to WORSHIP thought & live in the brain. Right? Yes, but no. 😂 Part of my #reparenting process has been examining aspects of my childhood that I believe did not nurture my #authenticself . I spent MANY hours as a child playing sports - mostly sports I did not really enjoy. Reflecting on this, I felt some low-level resentment arise & began excavating it. I felt my resentment, allowed it to wash over me, & then to pass. And you know what I found on the other side? A GIFT.
I’m sure that all the time I spent in volleyball/basketball/cheerleading/softball/dance played a HUGE role in my easy pregnancies. It’s helped my body bounce back quickly; my muscle memory is 💯, & when someone asks me where in my body I feel an emotion, I can tell them immediately. I’ve spent so much time training my body that I know it intimately; we dialogue all the time & I know immediately when something doesn’t suit it.
Maybe my authentic self would have liked to spend more time in creative writing workshops & less time playing sports I was only semi-good at, but the gifts of all the time I spent in movement are immense & I wouldn’t trade them.
So as I consider how to nurture my own children’s interests, I’ll dance w/ letting them find their own way & gently leading. - 43 minutes ago