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The importance of the BODY in our personal experience

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Being in you own flesh comes with many benefits when you become aware of its guidance to a better living in it. Let´s talk about the body from a psychological perspective...

The experience of Being oneself is inescapable to existence, it is being.

It dawns and we have already rested from the Conscious Being for a few hours to meet nothing less than the Unconscious Being in the space of the dream. Both are experiences that are lived through the Self.

This I is dynamic, it has an existence in motion. It is thought, it is felt, it is seen, it is intuited. It is experienced. Not only himself as part of the Subject, but the whole of the Being engaged, embedded and disengaged at the same time.

Suffering opens the way to knowing internal dislocations. There we know each other with more awareness, because we have to see ourselves face to face, we have to ask ourselves what is wrong with us? And how have we come to feel this? We have to ask ourselves who we are? From what, why do we suffer?

This is the most common process in the elusive of the Being. Those that some call linked to the exo-body, more connected with the outside than with the inside, even more connected with the others than with themselves.

Others are more fortunate. They have chosen the path of self-knowledge and self-exploration in a positive sense and in line with themselves. Meditators generally take different philosophical, religious, mental, physical and spiritual disciplines. They are discovering their internal magic at a different pace, seeking to integrate all the dimensions of Being, while exploring their link with the world, nature and the universe.

The process is complex, humanity has not designed an integral and univocal path for it, on the contrary, the paths are diverse and tend to carry more weight in one or another dimension of Being, and even each one establishes its method on a philosophy of the Being that finally it will be an inevitably partial vision, as our experience and knowledge may be. This is not bad to die, on the contrary. Knowing how to accept the castration of the Subject will be one of the tools to tolerate the uncertainty, frustration, nonsense, and the anguish associated with all this.

Psychoanalysis, the analysis of the Soul, ended up conforming (and not because it was conformist but because of the necessity of its time as an incipient discipline of the moment) to the analysis of the Mind. The mind will be to my understanding of today only a partiality of the Being.

Today I respect much more than before the different paths that lead to the encounter with Oneself. The Path of Mind is not necessarily my favorite in terms of experiencing but it is in processing and understanding.

However, I see in the way of the encounter with the body a way little recognized even by psychologists in its integrating capacity of the Being.

The body as the seat of Mind and Soul, a foundation on which all the ingredients are beaten, deserves a moment of reflection in some of its functions:

The most chilling for skeptics of the Soul: the Temple. The body deserves to be healthy and to be treated as well as possible to be healthy. Those who suffer in the body will have greater empathy with this point because they know what suffering implies to their Being, without the need to victimize themselves.

Agile: the body deserves to be in the best condition for movement. It must be able to be fast when required and must be able to jump, duck, climb, stop and twist if required. The body must be able to move as easily as it can and in the best way it can when required. Without so much suffering.

Flexible: the body must have the ability to stretch and bend. It must have plasticity, the ability to respond positively to change.

Calm down: the body must learn to breathe and calm itself. Knowing how to be with oneself alone and in peace, without the need for another mediating element (person, idea, object or substance).

Rest: The body must be able to rest and enjoy stillness, silence. The body must be able to rest in peace.

Tolerate pain: the body must be strong to tolerate the inevitable suffering of life. The stumbling blocks and deterioration. This in my view is the highest realization of the scales of relationship with the own body. The management of pain, whether due to a momentary illness or an ongoing deterioration, is the most complex condition to manage. Whoever learns to tolerate pain, to mitigate it and even to control it will be a Master of his body. It will accept its deadly decline when it arrives like few others.

Oxygenate: the experience of breathing. Learn to inhale life and expel discomfort and death. Release tension and relax, laugh from the stomach until it hurts. Learn to incorporate peace, joy and enjoy naturally, effortlessly, fully.

Whoever learns to handle his body in these functions will be at the same time learning to deal with the vicissitudes of his Mind and will be giving space to the encounter with his Soul. The fluid encounter with the Soul is hampered by the conflicts of the mind, without the need to speak of pathologies.

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