Finding Your Natural Body

Excerpt from Chapter 9 - Your Body

What I mean by the term "natural body" is a natural way of being in your body. Your natural body knows what it needs in terms of various forms of exercise. Your natural body knows what it needs in terms of food and vitamins. Your natural body knows what it needs in terms of filling emptiness (love, sex, companionship and/or touch emptiness). Your natural body knows the emotions and feelings it needs to express and will express them appropriately, given the opportunity. Therefore, if we could ever live fully in our natural bodies, we would have few if any difficulties with weight, exercise, posture, movement, degenerative disease or emotional health. Because of our adaptive personalities, however, being out of touch with our natural bodies is what almost all of us experience instead.

Is being in one's natural body possible? The Bhagavad Gita (Gandhi, 1930, p. 27) states: "The bodily functions of a physically healthy person are natural and spontaneous." We have lost the natural spontaneity that many small children possess.

Personal Example. My body experienced much trauma during my first months as an infant, trauma associated with exercise, with food and with receiving loving care. A significant part of my overall growth process for the past 38 years has been to regain naturalness of body. I have not yet fully accomplished this. Therefore, it may seem a bit like "do as I say, not as I do" when I suggest that a natural body is a valuable concept. I don't think so, for I believe that the concept of a natural body can be a valuable goal for me and possibly for you. If we have yet to achieve it, then we will need to apply some willpower to things such as food, exercise, dieting and psychological growth. It will not be possible to always "do what we want" in terms of food or exercise because our adaptive personalities will lead us in unnatural ways.

If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred. Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

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© 2008 by Thayer White
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