Monday, June 3, 2013

Getting back into the Body pt 2

Today a brief 'ps' to yesterdays post.  I thought I'd share a couple of quotes from one of the books that is most influential to my approach, Coming to Our Senses: Body and Spirit in the Hidden History of the West - Morris Berman.

I will definitely review this amazing book at some stage, and referring back to an earlier POST - it most certainly is one to read at least thrice! (It's actually the second book in a triology, but you can read it separate from the also brilliant first book - The Re-Enchantment of the World.) 

Morris Berman on a friends experience with 'Getting back into the body' [via Feldenkrais]:

"I once asked a friend of mine who had studied the Feldenkrais technique (a major body therapy) for many years what he had gotten out of it. 'Hard to say,' he replied, 'except that after a while I began to notice that it became less and less important for me to win an argument." Coming to Our Senses, p343, Morris Berman. [Bolding added by me]  

This short quote gives a gist into one of the primary aspects that any type of this body-mindfulness work gives with sufficient practice of sufficient intensity. 

"We have inherited a civilization in which the things that really matter in human life exist at the margin of our culture. What matters? How birthing takes place matters; how infants are raised matters; having a rich and active dream life matters. Animals matter, and so does ontological security and the magic of personal interaction and healthy and passionate sexual expression.  Career and prestige and putting a good face on it and the newest fashion in art or science do not matter. Coming to our senses means sorting this out once and for all. It also means becoming embodied. And the two ultimately amount to the same thing" Coming to Our Senses,  p342, Morris Berman.'ll have to read the book yourself to find out how Mr Berman reached the conclusion of the final two lines of the above quote. It's a fascinating AND highly useful read.. information well worth knowing, digesting and assimilating.  

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