What is Body?
can get nothing better out of the world, get a
good dinner out of it, at least." - Melville,
is the experience of the senses, our relationship
to space and other objects, awareness of the inner
sensations within us, and a recovery of the sense
Edward Albee in his
book, Desert Soliatire speaks directly to
the objective Body awareness:
- "For my own part I am pleased
enough with surfaces. In fact they alone seem
to me of much importance. Such things for example
as the grasp of a child's hand in your own, the
flavor of an apple, the embrace of friend or lover,
the silk of a girl's thigh, the sunlight on rock
and leaves, the feel of music, the bark of a tree,
the abrasion of granite and sand, the plunge of
clear water into a pool, the face of the wind---what
else is there? What else do we need."
- "To confront, immediately
and directly if its possible, the bare bones of
existence, the elemental and fundamental, the
bedrock which sustains us. I want to be able to
look at and into a juniper tree, a piece of quartz,
a vulture, a spider, and see it as it is in itself,
devoid of all humanly ascribed qualities. Hard
work, that's for sure...to see the world this
way requires a disciplined approach."
The disciplined approach
begins with learning the difference between Body
and Soul. For us, these two are closely mingled.
We think we know our bodies but we actually use
our bodies to represent Soul. The clothes we choose,
the way we walk, our mannerisms are there to express
us, not so much to express the body. We use dance
to show our feelings, we make a fist to show our
anger, we wear blue rather than brown because it
makes us look slimmer so that we can be "attractive."
Body is there, but it is so enmeshed with Soul it
is hard to give it room to be.
Room to be comes
with quieting the Soul and simplfying awareness
to the Now. The Now of inner sensations. What do
we sense in every area of our body? What do we sense
on the skin? How do we move? How much space do we
Focusing inward teaches
us about the Body's world of matter and energy.
Do we really know the world's matter? Its hardness?
Its ability to take up space? Its ability to have
borders? One object's features versus another's?
How well do we know
our energy, the energy that arises when are emotions
heat up? When our instincts become arroused? Perhaps,
the largely unknown force called by some "Chi"?
The answers define
the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for
flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph
is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever
the unborn and dead may know, they cannot know
the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh.
The dead may look after the afterwards. But the
magnificent here and now of life in the flesh
is ours, and ours alone and ours only for a time.
We ought to dance with rapture that we should
be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living
incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye
is part of me. That I am part of the Earth, my
feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the
sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human
race; my soul is an organic part of the great
human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation.
In my very own self, I am part of my family. There
is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except
my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no
existence by itself; it is only the glitter of
the sun on the surface of the water. - D.H. Lawrence,