The body is slow

The body is slow, everybody knows that. At least somatic practitioners do. Changing bodily habits is hard and time-consuming but then again body memory outlasts everything else. Once you learn something, it’s in there. It’s like riding a bike. That’s why unlearning can be an important part of the process of getting deeper into our own somatic awareness and moving differently. 

The slowness of the body is the big challenge in bringing the body into academic discourse and trying to use it as a means of research. Academia is quick and brainy. The two are somewhat opposed in that sense. Perhaps that is why methodology is so important in this work, why it’s worth developing methods for others to use? Creating a collective faith that something can happen and there will be results – eventually.

I often wish I could take my own advice, have faith in the process.

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