“All I ever wanted since I arrived here on Earth were the things that turned out to be within reach, the same things I needed as a baby — to go from cold to warm, lonely to held, the vessel to the giver, empty to full. You can change the world with a hot bath, if you sink into it from a place of knowing that you are worth profound care, even when you’re dirty and rattled. Who knew?”
This quote is from an article in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/eating-healthy-habits-how-to-satisfy-your-soul_n_1940936.html) that is an excerpt from Anne Lamott’s new book.
It sure made me think. To go from cold to warm…from lonely to held….from empty to full. All body states, all states of being in the body. We think, and so because we think, we assume that thinking holds the answers or the keys to our well being or our sense of “okayness.” Thinking is an important tool, for sure. It is essential for solving problems, and for generating new creations. But to FEEL okay is a body thing.
It is funny, or at least ironic, that we assume that we need to THINK about stuff in order to feel better. We certainly know that our thinking can make us feel worse. So we make the logical assumption that we need to think in order to feel better. But what if that is a false assumption?
Maybe we just need to FEEL in order to feel better. Maybe we need to get in touch with what our body is experiencing right here and right now. If I can’t feel what’s going on in my body, then I am out of touch with the largest part of myself. So when I can’t FEEL, I need to move some energy in my body so that sensation becomes available to consciousness.
Check in right now. What are you aware of IN YOUR BODY? If you aren’t feeling all that much, get up, swing your arms around, pick your knees up, one after the other, jog in place, or do a few old-faithful jumping jacks. Move enough so that your breathing changes. Then slow your motion until you find a place of stillness, and check in again. What’s there for you? Where are you on the cold-to-warm, lonely-to-held, empty-to-full continua? What is your full experience right in this moment?