Think With The Body

A group of anthropologists were studying the culture of a remote South Pacific tribe. After gaining some familiarity with each other, one of the tribesmen confided to a member of the research team that he thought Western people were all crazy. When asked why he believed this, he patiently explained that Westerners are crazy because they think with their heads. Puzzled, the researcher asked what he thought with. He replied, “With the gut, of course.” This view of our own culture teaches us something important. We tend to ignore the body and its wisdom. Yet the body can teach us much when we are attuned to it. In practicing mindfulness, it is important to start with awareness of the body. In f

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