"Hearing the Voice of the Body," pp. 43-47 in Being Bodies; Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment , edited by Lenore Friedman and Susan Moon.
Thanas describes how she has learned to go "to the body for answers when I do not understand what is arising in my life." This involves a deep listening, because "most of us do not know how to listen to our bodies" in fact, have "turned off the voice of the body," so that it "obediently went silent as we agreed not to notice our emotional or feeling life."
"The deep attending to hard knots of holding is a powerfully compassionate act, a turning toward rejected parts of our being. As this newly compassionate observing occurs, the object of observation, the body/self, is transformed, and we move from denial to acceptance, from rejection to inclusion. This is the beginning of metta practice, loving-kindness for the self."
Even after all the metta I've been doing, the idea of turning this compassion toward my worst physical problems.... does scare me. For example, lately my ability to tolerate foods has become so poor that I am eating mainly summer squash and zucchini, chicken, lamb and rabbit. This worries me: what about nutrition, a balanced diet? What if this gets worse?
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