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