Reverb Writing Prompt #12: Body integration

Prompt: Body integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?

Author: Patrick Reynolds
The Knowledge Workers Survival Guide


This has not been a very good year for body integration. Most of the year, I felt as though I was fighting with my body. There weren’t very many times when I did feel that I was a cohesive ME. The only two times I can think of involved runs (of course). The first – in February – a run on the Banks Vernonia trail. It was perfect weather. Perfect temperature. And 13 great miles that flew by.

The second was in July. I hadn’t run much for months, and went for a 3 mile trail run. Everything came together. I had no pain, and no real awareness of anything but running. It was almost magical. My 3 miles turned into 5.5, and although I was sore the next day, it was still one of the best runs of the year.

One of the things I’d like to work on in 2011 is having many, many more instances of mind & body integration. I would like to feel a lot more whole, a lot more often. I think that my goals of more yoga & more meditation, as well as a lot more trail running, should take help with that.

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