Day 1-Embodiment as a spiritual practice:This is an area that I love to dwell in. I haven’t always felt this way, or always been able to connect to being in my body with such real intention. Embodiment practices assist me with turning inward. They also help me get present. So often I am not “in my body”. I am in my head but not in my body. I move through the world, walk around the grocery store, sit on the couch, clean the dishes, just going about life, not thinking about my body and how it assist me. Since my body doesn't look like the mainstream standard, I learned to cope with my body rather than connect to it. This made me feel heavy in my spirit and absent from my body on so many levels. I have recently decided to teach myself yoga and the movements remind me a lot of the movements I did warming up as a dancer. I have been a dancer since I was 12 and when I danced regularly, I got use to paying attention to my body, but I never connected to being present in my body. Focusing on how I feel in my body, thanking my body for what it does for me personally, and making my body personal and not subject to outside perceptions of MY body, has not been easy. Our society does not make it easy for many of us. However, intentional focus on being IN my body has aided me in feeling grounded, grateful for my body, and increased the level of love of myself and how i see myself, thus strengthening the way I show up in the world. Embodiment practices help me focus on the importance of the body and help me calm my busy mind. Honoring THIS body, helps me be present thus showing up for myself and in turn for others. Embodiment practices have increased my connection to myself. Instead of focusing on the many negative ways that bodies are criticized and policed, I strive to focus on how divine my body is. Owning my divinity has helped me see my beauty, my power, my fire, and my right to exist. Embodiment is a practice that by definition is the act of investing (a spiritual entity) with a body or with bodily form; to render incarnate. It is the practice of recognizing aliveness. In all it's many beautiful forms, the body is a place of spiritual practice that we can go to and find the divine.
Here’s a simple activity that I do to practice presence in my body-I sit on the floor or outside near a tree(either on the ground or in a chair)and I bring attention to different parts of my body. I meditate on what my body does for me by singling out a part or two and thanking that part of my body for what it does for me. For example: my hands-they wash my body, typed this message for me to share, cook my meals, clean up after me, reach for things I want and so many other things. I think of these things and I thank my hands for all they do and then I move on to another part of my body. As simple and trivial as it may seem, spending time sincerely being grateful for my body and all the ways it serves me and grounds me is a spiritual practice that reminds me to be present in my body.
Do you have a similar practice? Do you plan to do this practice or some variation of it? Share your personal embodiment practice below so that others can gain from it as well. Share how it feels to be present in your body. Share your thoughts on embodiment or just think on this and move on. Either way, I wish you blessings and light on your journey!
Stay tuned for Day 2 tomorrow with another embodiment practice. ♥