Your body is miraculous, mysterious, intelligent beyond your wildest dreams. It pulses with molten wisdom and stories as old as stars. It was present for every experience of your life and embodies emotional imprints of these events. Answers to lifelong questions are steeped in cells, tucked in the folds of tissue and buried in bone marrow.
‘There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.’ Nietzsche
You just have to ask the right questions, lean in and listen.
YOUR BIOGRAPHY BECOMES YOUR BIOLOGY
The body, like everything else in life, is a mirror of your inner thoughts and beliefs. Every cell responds to every single thought you think and every word you speak’ Louise Hay
It might sound a little “sci-fi” but cellular memory is – in fact – a fact. It has been scientifically proven. Thanks to world renowned neuro scientists like Eric Kandel we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, our bodies remember.
What does this mean?
It means our cells are a technology for turning experience into biology, that our earliest experiences and traumas tend to echo into adulthood and that everything we’ve ever learnt is mapped in the bodies we are in today. All of it (our emotional conditioning, thought patterns, traumas, triumphs, experiences) inform the way we hold ourselves (ie. tall and proud or shrinking/small and fearful); the way we move; our size and shape. Indeed we can trace psychosomatic storylines in gestures tone of voice, posture, yep, even those tight hamstrings tell a story.
Author and psychotherapist Alice Miller puts it well.
The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body, and although we can repress it, we can never alter it. Our intellect can be deceived, our feelings manipulated, and conceptions confused, and our body tricked with medication. But someday our body will present its bill, for it is as incorruptible as a child, who, still whole in spirit, will accept no compromises or excuses, and it will not stop tormenting us until we stop evading the truth.
Yep, ALL of our history is there it is literally in every cell in our body. Terrified? You shouldn’t be. It’s liberating. Our bodies are a tremendous resource – a gateway to freedom.
RELEASE YOUR PROBLEMS
Clarifying the body mind connection allows us to access the subconscious (the issues in the tissues). Sometimes a single movement or adjustment can resolve issues that might well have taken 10 years of psychotherapy to get to. I’ve experienced this kind of release in bodywork sessions before – a domino effect – issues tumbling one after the other into my conscious mind and evaporating in the light of landing there. All from something somatically simple. A deep release of the psoas muscle, a wild, animalistic attack on a punching bag, a series of chakra cleansing Kriyas. Even the more subtle, salt-stained cheeks in yoga point to energetic release.
Through the body we are able to shed beliefs that no longer serve us, rewrite our nervous system and create a new personal reality. A new way of being free from broken behaviour, addiction, depression, disordered eating. I know of what I speak. It’s the red-hot-crucible from which this method reworks dark into light. I like to think of it as Kintsugi for the soul – minting the broken areas of your interior world into gold.
Wabi-Sabi Well is often described as revolutionary, which strikes me as ironic because it’s simply a return to natural order, the tao of movement. In this modern age however, we’ve wandered so far from our grass roots that such a concept is by definition, radical.
BE WABI-SABI WELL
Holistic fitness, intention setting, meditation, breath and energy work, chakra cleansing, myofascial release and deep relaxation techniques come together in Wabi-Sabi workouts to bring body, mind and spirit into harmony. Other fitness models present the body as something to be controlled/dominated/reduced into parts and target areas. Wabi-Sabi warriors embrace body, mind and spirit as an integrated whole – they cultivate intuition, learn the language of the body, listen and respond in kind.
If this strikes a chord, maybe it’s time to consider resetting, returning to nature and getting Wabi-Sabi Well. Roll out your mat, and try a guided meditation or workout. Or click here to explore personalised one-on-one training in Byron or online via Skype.