A friend just told me she had sprained her ankle-- she had been meditating so much she basically left her body and when she needed to get back in on a gravel road, she was not quite able.
This photo is of my foot a few years ago. I had a similar problem.
This launched us into a discussion of being embodied. She works with many teenagers who live their lives on video games.
The disembodiment that occurs when kids live through
computer bodies instead of their actual ones might not only lead to atrophy it may lead to more sprained ankles.
The first days are the physics days...
If you watch toddlers, you realize that the first few years of life are predominated by learning physics. You learn what you can stand on, hold on to or grab. What falls, what doesn't and how big a divide you can get across.
Toddlers need this time to figure it all out. The first years are not just about learning language, they're about learning how to move about.
But if we then just sit on our machines (or even our meditation cushions) we lose that embodiment and maybe, eventually our balance.
Firewalk- a dramatic solution
I am at an event today where 7,000 people will walk across 2000 degree coals. If they were not in their bodies before, they will be now. Ha ha.
Of course walking across fire is not required to get back in your body, but it does help. (More info)
Swimming is also good- you'll feel every part of yourself as you move through the water. Dancing, running even standing in the rain can get us back in.
If you're scared of sporty movement-- Really tasting our food or feeling the carpet beneath our feet also works. John Kabat Zinn has a great mindfulness program that helps with this.
Please watch this terrific video of what our elders used to do in their free time (pick blueberries, play with friends)...compared to what today's kids do (text, play video games, and watch TV series in large quantities)
I'm thinking we're going to have a whole lot of sprained ankles and broken bones...not from climbing trees and playing soccer..just from getting up and walking out the front door.
Tech and meditation addicts might lose touch with the physical world and soon start bumbling around like toddlers.
Sarah Federman, PhD
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