It seems that I have been having many conversations lately about the implications of "body over mind." A friend of mine shared with me her revelations while reading Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now (all about being in the present moment and living in our bodies fully) while another friend and I had a rich dialogue over the article she sent me at the Psychology Today What a Body Knows blog by Kimerer LaMothe, PhD. In this article LaMothe speaks about the value of the mindfulness instructions in the book The Religion of Thinness. Although LaMothe, like me, found this book extremely helpful she feels that something more is needed: the recognition of and attunement to our "bodily selves." She writes,
Sometimes practices of sitting and stillness can serve to reinforce the sensory education we receive in perceiving our bodies as material objects, there for us to control. To shift this experience at its root, we need practices that provide us with an experience of our bodily selves as something other than the mind over body self that the religion of thinness itself exemplifies. We need practices that help us learn how to discern, trust, and move with the wisdom of our own bodily selves—such as those I described in my last entry.