The Journey into Body

Drop into the body. Let your awareness take a tumble from the control tower in the skull, out into the wilds of torso and limbs where additional intelligences thrive. I suggest this trip into the wilds because the body's resources are, for our purposes, boundless. Far beyond the kind of thinking we identify with our brains.

It's not that easy a shift, from brain to body. For me it is an ongoing learning because I have deep allegiance to brain-thought. The drop into somatic awareness seems, at first, like a detour, a delay and a step down from the superior intelligence we've come to identify with brain.

I've noticed that it is a long stretch for my clients, too. But the answers to the big questions—Why am I sad? How do I get past this problem? What do I really want in this life?--the answers to these queries are most quickly found when brain can observe and take seriously the body's intelligence, and sort the memories, impressions and emotions that stir when we put a question to our whole selves.

Involving the body's many intelligences not only offers better solutions to problems, it also enhances emotional and mental stability.

Practice thinking with brain and body. Consider an issue and notice your body's response as well as your brain's. Take that response as valid information in the matter. Factor it in. See how things will be different.