I'd like to introduce you to an idea that may sound unfamiliar or that may resonate with you, it may reaffirm what you already believe to be true or it may challenge some of your beliefs. Either way, I feel it is important to share. The idea I'd like to discuss is Sacred Relating, in this case, relating and subsequently creating a relationship with our own body.
Relationship with the body is cultivated through exercises and experiences of a somatic nature. Unfortunately, for many of us, these experiences have been ones of immaturity. The immature relationship with the body, in contrast to the Sacred Relationship, is characterized by a lack of awareness, respect and honour.
To begin bringing respect and honour – what I refer to as sacredness – back into this relationship, we must become aware of our body. Now, I don't necessarily mean being aware of the simple fact that you have hands, feet, a torso, a head, and other parts of your anatomy, though this is a good place to start. Instead, I'm referring to a more robust awareness; an awareness of how each specific part of your body feels.
Can you open up a conversation with your body? Really listening to what it has to say. Try now. How do your fingers feel? How about your toes? Your hips? Gently scan your body, starting wherever you please, and become aware of how it is feeling. This simple act of scanning, of checking in with your body, will serve you well as you develop your other Sacred Relationships.
From this awareness comes a degree of respect. If you are perpetually aware of how your body feels, you'll begin to notice what makes it thrive and what makes it stagnate or even suffer. It is then your responsibility to be respectful of that knowledge by honouring what ever is that your body needs to feel vibrant and vivacious.
Generally speaking, a good intake of water, a predominantly plant-based diet, movement practices and adequate rest make our bodies feel good. Out of respect for your body, you should earnestly try to incorporate these things in to your life. Throughout the following blog posts, I'll keep exploring this idea of Sacred Relating and how we can connect better to our bodies, the world around us and with other people.