If you will remember Olivia Newton-John’s song, “Let’s Get Physical”, there is a verse where she states, “Let me hear your body talk”. There is more truth to that song than we Westerners could ever imagine. What makes the Plains Indian’s life philosophy so intriguing was that they allowed their bodies to talk.
There are two ways or worlds in which to live. You can choose either to live within your head or your body. Sometimes living from the body can also be associated with living from the heart. The reason I believe that is true is because when you are living in your body you experience life as every other person lives.
Let’s face it; we are all body dwellers and because of that, there is more unity among us human beings than we could ever imagine. We all have a body which requires the same daily attentions, making us so much alike.
In the West, we think of compassion as a thought thing. But even when you are in your head, you still can’t sense another person’s pain or pleasure body experience. Nevertheless, when you dwell in your body, you van experience their pain or joy, which no head person could ever conceive.
Jesus often said to His disciples, “Feel compassion for your neighbor”, so we know that this was not a head statement made by Him. Furthermore, even He had a body like we do to fully express compassion for others. This is why I believe even to this day, there are few head dwelling Christians who truly understand compassion. They must transition more into their bodies to experience Jesus’ true gospel.
What is really revealing is that you will experience through your body your divine nature. Someday go for a walk in nature alone, and try it for yourself and see if this is not true. Whenever I walk in the desert I feel so much lighter and peaceful, so I know I am abiding in spirit.
One question you all probably ask is what does a person do to become a body person? The trick is either through breathe or to feel some part of your body and REST within it most of the day. For example, when I am at my computer, I can feel my fingers moving over the keyboard as I letter. When I walk barefoot, I feel my feet as I walk each step or I might swing my hips and its feel its pleasure.
Accept your body’s pleasure as you move your body. It is natural for most of your body moves to be pleasurable and the Native American’s understood this well. So let go of any guilt or shame, and experiences those types of body pleasures.
I have added a simple test at the end to see if you are a body or head person. If you want to know which one are you, please read on.
We in the West are head people but the Native American’s and even the ancient Celts where tribal game hunters or herders. A hunter tribesman can’t accumulate stuffs as they journeyed as we do within our Western culture. All they could take was their bodies and relationships with family and with other tribesmen. Under these circumstances is when one automatically becomes a body and rather than a mind person.
If you were a hunter back then, you would probably walk 10 miles a day to keep up with the herd. So you would walk and walk, and as you did your physical body became very important. Also, because you were physical all that existed that was important for our life, was contained within your body, so gaining a loving body acceptance was the norm.
In fact, I believe the grief felt by the American Indian was when he lost his hunting livelihood. It was a sad day when his joyful physical lifestyle came to an abrupt end.
There was so much inner joy among this physical people; and when it ended as a people they have never recovered. So what is the long run and short run lifestyle of a women becoming a body person?
In the Long Run, as a full bodied women, you not only dip you toe into your physicality, but you must jump in head first. Once you do this comes a form of happiness and love of self and your compassion for others will also blossom. We in the West have forgotten that our bodies are a part of nature.
Because we are part of nature our bodies are made up of both earth and water. Two groups of people inhabit two different worlds; the first group in which most people dwell is those people who ignore their body’s nature. Finally there is a second group of people who go along with their body’s needs and love it and celebrate its continuous awakening.
As women as well as men, in the West most have ignored their own body’s existence. To do so is like swimming up-stream. Then there was the Native American approach to living, living their way was to fully embrace nature, and was similar to swimming down-stream.
So “Let’s Get Physical” as our long run approach as a woman is to walk, run, dance, do Yoga, or any other pleasurable physical activity. You must find some physical activity that works for you and you enjoy doing and do it several times a week.
Then there is a short run practice.
Sometimes a body person will slip into her head and begin to have negative thoughts. That is when breath enters. If you are able to apply 3 - 5 or more breathes within a minute or two, your head negativity will leave, and you will can slip back into your present minded body again.
Remember remaining within your body as long as possible, except when you are at work, is the best way for you to live. Living this way you can experience the exact joy and pleasures that the Native American felt even back then.
What is interesting is that in Japanese culture, children are taught that they must take 3 breathes whenever angry, before they utter a word. By then, their anger has disappeared and they are back to playing again. Yes Jesus said we need to become as children, maybe there is more truth to that philosophy than we could ever imagine. One, difference is that children are not embarrassed with their bodies as much as adults.
So here is the test. Think about children for a minute on how less inhibited they are. Notice how children when they are young are able to run around naked. Now let’s take this example as you as an adult. If you take a shower, do you feel uneasy being naked? Or being Okay naked in front of a mirror?
Better still when you change your clothing can you be in the buff in front of your significant other? If you can say yes to any of these, there is a good chance that you are a body person. It is not that you can’t change into a body person, but here is a simple example you can work on as a test over time, to see how well your desire to becoming a body person is progressing.