It is no wonder we feel nothing sometimes.
Completely disconnected from our bodies, our minds float in a sea of abstraction, and our spirits ebb and flow at random.
We react instead of act.
When our spirits are high we are integrated: our mind, body, and spirit are one. We feel life exquisitely.
Our minds and bodies contain the memories of everything that we have ever experienced. That includes our own actions and those of others, either well-intentioned or misguided, the circumstances that shape our lives, or any number of life events such as births, deaths, sorrows, even joys.
The death of a favorite pet. A humiliation in class. The loss of the feeling of safety. The harsh words of a friend.
Our minds and bodies grip tightly onto our suffering while ignoring the happiness.
Sometimes our experiences are too much for us. Parts of our spirit leaves. Our minds disconnect from our bodies. We fragment, for our own survival and protection.
Within our bodies lies the unprocessed memories of a thousand pains.
We really can't move on until we reintegrate.
How do we do that?
Some people try psychotherapy, some people drown themselves in work, and others become addicted to one thing or another.
Especially now, there are a million distractions to keep us numb.
The integrative health practices, such as yoga, tai chi, martial arts, silent sports, as well as the healing traditions like shiatsu and herbalism, all point to the crux of health – the integration of mind and body and spirit.
My personal practice has involved meditation for 24 years in order to quiet my mind, and now shamanic journeying in order to reintegrate my mind with my body, and calling back those parts of my spirit that have wandered far away.
Shamanic journeying combines all that I have been practicing for over two decades – meditation, music, exploration, and story.
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