For years, people have been accusing me of not being in my body (read about it here). I used to have no idea what that meant. I mean, of course Iím in my body, right? I have a body – and Iím alive. So by every medical and spiritual definition I could imagine, Iím in my body.
Yet, my mentors kept telling me Iím not – not just Tricia Barrett, my dear friend and spiritual counselor, but†Debbie Rosas, the founder of Nia dance.† When Debbie and I were talking awhile back, she said, ďLissa, I know youíve done a lot of personal growth in the past few years, but I feel like embodiment is the missing piece.Ē And she invited me to come train with her at her†Nia White Belt Intensive in Portland. Since Debbie is the most grounded, solid, rooted, sensual woman I know, I decided that I wanted some of what she was having – so I said yes. And WHOA, NELLY! Debbie was right. I havenít been in my body.
What Do I Mean By “Be In Your Body?”
Iím pretty much a walking cerebrum. I identify primarily with my mind, so much so that when I showed up for my Nia training, I couldnít feel a body part in space unless it was hurting. Like when Debbie asked me how my arm felt, I was speechless. If I touched it – or if it touched the floor, for example, I could feel it. But a body part floating in space? I was completely numb.
After only three days into the training, I couldn’t believe how much sensation was awakened in me. Like WOW! I could feel my nose. I could feel my hips. I could feel my belly button. I could feel my pinkie finger – and none of those body parts were in pain. When I woke up in the morning, instead of noticing the racing thoughts in my mind first thing, I actually noticed the slippery, soft, sensual sensation of the sheets on my bare skin.
Holy sheet! This is revolutionary for me. I donít think Iíve ever really felt my sheets before.
So what does this mean? What do you get if you make the journey out of your mind and into your body? Hereís a list Nia founder Debbie Rosas and I wrote together.
20 Reasons To Be In Your Body
Being in your body:
Do you want some of that, love? Stay tuned for Part 2 of How To Be In Your Body, wherein I’ll give you some tips for actually being there!
Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of†OwningPink.com,†Pink Medicine Revolutionary,†motivational speaker, and author of†Whatís Up Down There? Questions Youíd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.
Learn more about†Lissa Rankin here.
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may
not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.