Bodymind Re-viewed

This was going to be titled: The body reflects your subconscious mind.

After a recorded interview with Candace Pert, Titled: Your body is your subconscious mind. Out of respect and to avoid confusion, I decided to go with a different title altogether.

When working with people, I often give examples of the feedback loops in the bodymind, or if you prefer, the embodied mind. Body language points directly to the relationship, A change in facial expression, limb position, shielding of the torso, each may indicate the turbulence of the conscious or subconscious mind.

I tend to think in terms of posturing, rather than posture, emphasizing the dynamic. Typically we have our favorite postures, they get repeated more often than others. Deepening patterns and limiting options.

One way to think about it is that we have our typical range of emotional experience, we’re not talking about every emotional experience. But our particular pattern of emotional experience. These may be likened to our own emotional weather pattern, our subjective microclimate. As with weather patterns, some are more severe, and each creates particular challenges to the infrastructure.

Thoughts and emotions are affecting neurotransmitter activity and this activity is reflected back to the thoughts and emotions to ensure our comfort level is maintained. There is an interplay between the emotions, neurotransmitters and hormonal activity, these affect gene activation and regulation. Ensuring these softer, relatively abstract parts, are solidified in the whole.

In one sense, a hierarchy of sorts can’t be denied. Though, as a rule, top-down, myopic perspectives tend to fall short. Peering in the 2nd-floor bedroom window may make one a peeper, or the painter. But it doesn’t make one an expert at interior design.

The various connections in the bodymind are two-way streets. How we move and feel in our bodies has a significant effect on both our mental and emotional states.  

In modern life, it’s easy to underutilize our movement potential. Sit, stand, lie, walk, maybe jog or bike. Aside from getting into or out of the lying position, all of the other movements emphasize one plane of motion.

Moving in underutilized patterns, side to side, rotation, backward, and movements where the limbs cross the midline add to your movement repertoire, as well as your neural feedback, adding a dimension to one’s mental and emotional perspectives.

Some of the postural patterns may remain virtually unscathed, as they don’t originate from weak muscles or poor alignment. These holdouts are likely protective in nature. The question will be.  Is it protection in the anatomic body, or it’s mental and emotional characteristics?        

Said another way. Is it the body, or the elements of embodiment that are being protected?

Joseph Shindoll 160 Benmont Ave Suite C-80 Bennington, Vt. 05201 303-332-6275

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