Have We Overlooked The Importance Of Our Bodies In How We React?

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Our adult brain weights about 3 pounds and yet when you consider the total of our body's nervous system, our spine and the massive branching of nerves interlacing through our muscles, organs and tissues there is a whole lot more going on than just what is behind your brow. We tend to think, perhaps a bit egotistically that all thought and action is subject to just the flickering electrons firing across that 3 pounds but there is so much more going on.

The Wisdom Your Body Knows

As I wrote this, I am burning the herb Mugwort in a small charcoal braser. I went to rebalance it in the sea shell it sits in. I didn't realize it was very hot, and in that first moment of touch, a whole host of signals flashed through my body and my brain. From the signal of my fingertips of "Too Hot!!!" to my brain's feeling of surprise, then quickly concern of damage to me realizing I was ok and to me ignoring the experience, while rubbing slightly tingling fingertips.

We have been speaking and carrying on like the Masters of the Planet for a few tens of thousands of years, while we have a body memory of hundreds of thousands.

To me, this reminds that we need to treat our body's needs as important as our minds. Eat well, maintain a well balanced center, get rest when needed are as important as stimulation of the mind.

It took me a long time to come to terms with my body's needs.
I hate them.

I have to sleep at least eight hours. I have to eat regularly. I have to exercise to ward off the demon depression (and the evil genii diabetes).

Why should I have to cater to this unpleasant sack of flesh? Why must my moods and energy levels be so affected by my sack of flesh?

Can't I rise above it?

Yet, I cannot. No one can. And the older I get, the harder it is to rise above the body, pretending I don't need to make allowances for lack of sleep, tiredness, dental pain, that itch in my ears that never goes away, the tinnitus; the list never ends.

Teresa from Hershey

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As I've been getting back into the occult and my shamanistic roots, I've been burning more incense and playing moody Slavic and Nordic music (unfortunately off of youtube, still they have the best selection) while I read and write. I'm amazed how it seems to center me and focus me too. We let our sense of sight blind us to all the other senses.