Embodying Confidence. The subtitle of a workshop I will be a part of, it has caused me to think a lot about embodiment and what exactly embodiment means.
Here are some of my thoughts:
Love the body. Accept and appreciate it for all that it does/is/provides for us. Treat it with kindness and tenderness. Don't take it for granted.
Respect the body. Do we believe the body is inferior to the brain, that it is a hindrance. The brain is the smart one, the body is the dumb one. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Research now suggests that the heart has a 'little brain' of its own, that the gut 'thinks', that the separation of the brain and body is an artificial disconnection. It is all one and the same.
Incarnate in the Body. The divine is having a human experience in and through us. Spirit within, as well as Spirit beyond, and Spirit in between. To give form, be concrete, tangible. We can be God's hands, God's face.
At home in the Body. Are we connected to the body, its needs, wants, rhythms? Do we attune to the body, and hear what it is telling us it requires or prefers.
Celebrate the body. Dance, sing, play, move, feel, relish good food, enjoy pretty, delight in a cool breeze, touch and be touched, relax in the sunshine, refresh in the water, melt in the massage, laugh a good hearty belly laugh! The lived body. We experience it!
Right now, as you are reading this: take a deep breath. Take another deep breath. Close your eyes, and take another deep breath. Be aware of your body. Feel it from the inside out, and all the way down to your toes. Check in with it. Connect.
Non-judgmentally notice and ask if there is anything your body is wanting you to know, or do...can be something simple such as drink more water, or take more stretch breaks, or listen to your favorite music more often. Be willing to hear your body. Honor what it has to tell you, which is the basis of a trusting relationship. Now take a moment to thank your body for all it does for you. It is your first home here on earth. Appreciate that!