The Body

I have been thinking a lot about how thoughts have a physical nature to them. Of course, we like to consider ourselves to be spiritual (or, nowadays, mostly cerebral), but in fact, the way we feel and even think has a lot to do with our bodies.

When I am physically calm and comfortable, I can think more clearly.

My wife and I always see certain things differently– I think this has to do with physical differences tied to our gender(s).

The medicine I take inhibits Serotonin in my brain. Serotonin is associated with experiencing pleasure. So, what, in part, keeps my lucid has to do with my body feeling less pleasure.

I wonder if, instead of associating most of what we feel and think with a sort of identity, we were to admit that a lot has to do with our bodies, and how we treat them, and how they are treated.

By no means does this mean that a person would only experience pleasure, at all times, forever.

Perhaps, though, they could admit that what pain there is is sometimes needed to produce clarity– to survive in a complex and changing environment.

I have had a bad history of denying my physical nature and needs and I feel sad for people who still can’t see this about themselves– who rock back and forth uncomfortably, refusing to associate sadness and anger with personal, corporal pain.

Author: mystified13

Sole member of Mystified and Mister Vapor.

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