Thursday, May 28, 2009

The body and the shadow

I haven't had a lot of luck running with music, because I don't seem to have enough of the right kind of music for a good running playlist. I am listening to the "Speaking of Faith" podcast more and more. Each show has a different theme, and the series covers a range of ideas on religion, spirituality, and science and I enjoy musing on it as I run through the woods.

This time I was blown away by the show "Yoga: Meditation in Action." Seane Corn was the featured speaker and she talked about her use of yoga as "body prayer." At the time I was running uphill and realized that for me, these runs are a sort of prayer too. It reminded me of Laura's recent post. Seane said that most addictions are an attempt to build a wall of energy around our emotions and fears so that we don't have to feel them. The shadow self, when denied, only becomes stronger. She described her own struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and drug abuse, both ways to attempt to control her fears and keep herself safe in the world.

This month's O Magazine has a feature on an Israeli-Palestinian Weight Watchers chapter. On the one hand, I think it's great to bring people together over things they have in common. On the other, though, it seems like a weird choice of focus -- controlling the body instead of confronting deeper fears brought on by the instability and war all around these women.

Maybe they should take a yoga class together instead? The podcast introduced the idea of confronting your own shadow instead of only seeking to change the world (or your body).

Lots of food for thought in this series. I highly recommend it if you need something new to think about besides 1-point snacks.

1 comment:

  1. I have heard the commercials for Speaking of Faith on NPR but never listened. I'm going to have to download some podcasts, esp. the yoga one. That sounds amazing.


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