Old patterns and traumas often remain (unconsciously) present long after they have served their purpose. It is important to dig up, acknowledge, express and clear all old patterns anchored in our bodies in order to live a good life. Susan Aposhyan, psychotherapist and embodied spirituality expert, explains the key to solving these problems in this article.
The more we become proficient in embodiment, the more we tend to have compassion for, connection with, and an eye for the world around us.
Embodied spirituality (embodied spirituality)
One of the basic tenets of embodied spirituality is that we should all start where we are, as we are, whatever comes up in this body right now. On some level, our individuality is a weird vortex of thoughts, emotions, sensations and beliefs that occur moment by moment in our bodies. When we are aware of this, we can rise out of that vortex into a clear, open space that resonates with the world around us. From here we can work together to wake up humanity and prevent a planetary crisis that could spell our end. Even though we all come from different places, with different points of view, we are really all in the same boat.
The more we become proficient in embodiment, the more we tend to have compassion for, connection with, and an eye for the world around us. This mutual unfolding of inner awareness and outer expression is key to understanding the connection between embodiment and spirituality.
Embodied spirituality is an approach to life that says that the more familiar we become with the various aspects and layers of our lives as physical beings, the more connected and involved we will be with others and with the world of all our inner and outer experiences. .
What Embodied Spirituality Isn’t
When people talk about embodiment, the body is usually mainly approached cognitively. They get stuck in the world of ideas, in which people think about the body being told what to do. This world of ideas is all too often combined with common cultural conceptions of how the body should look, feel and be. I would like to claim the word embodiment again for the benefit of something wiser and wilder.
Where all other creatures on the planet show their embodiment, we adult humans have systematically tried to turn that off in ourselves. We can define embodiment as the continuous, complete and free flow of cognition, emotion and behavior that flows through our body. Practically speaking, this means that whatever occurs in our being may be organically expressed in our behavior. Is that something dangerous that leads to chaos? Not really.
Contact with your body
There is an interest in embodiment in many forms of psychology, spirituality and bodywork. If we want to go beyond the cognitive, we will have to approach our body very directly. We will have to take the time to also pay attention to physical sensations, the language of the body. We must learn the delicate art of allowing the physiology of our body to return to healthy freedom. Ultimately, we actually need to dig up, acknowledge, express, and clear out all the old patterns that are entrenched in our bodies. These patterns, which kept us safely alive when they emerged, often persist long after they have served their purpose.
Healing traumas, old pain and emotional patterns
I have seen embodiment exercises help people heal their physical complaints, dissolve old deeply embedded emotional patterns, free themselves from the tyranny of trauma, and radiate much more kindness and leadership. Moreover, I experienced all this myself. I have become a more humble, kind and optimistic person.
Of course there are no guarantees and the road will be full of bumps and potholes, but if we approach embodiment openly and maturely, it seems infinitely rewarding to delve into it.
Embodied spirituality manifests itself in many ways: mindfulness, meditation, centering prayer, yoga, Sufism, ecodharma, and heart-centered methods. It can be successfully practiced in these and many other ways, and you can use the teachings and practices in Embodied Spirituality to support whatever spiritual path you follow.
4 basic steps
Here are the four basic steps that will help you practice embodied spirituality to heal your traumas, old pain, and emotional patterns:
We can call them even more simply: open, feel, allow, connect. I like this simplicity – and yet, as you may have noticed yourself, this is tricky stuff.
Embodiment stands for a greater awareness of our body as a source of knowledge and spiritual growth.