You absolutely do.
Even if you can’t access it in this moment, that doesn’t mean you don’t have access to it.
You may be a little rusty. You may not feel comfortable in conversation but when you practice it – use it – and you will regain the fluency you had as a child. To the same degree? Perhaps not.
There’s a psychological aspect that is quite different now. A willingness to listen and a perspective that we no longer have as adults. When we’re children, we are naturally connected to the sensations of our bodies. We hear them loud and clear and we respond immediately. As we get older we formulate belief systems regarding sensation and what it means to feel.
Social conditioning + body history + inherent personal psychology
= how it’s possible to lose our natural relationship with the body we live in
We may believe that our body sensations are obstacles to be overcome rather than messages that give us valuable information about the state of our health and well being. Other beliefs insist that pain is a sign of weakness that must be conquered by sheer will. Then there are the beliefs that insist the body is a “temple of sin” and sensations (particularly to good ones) are dangerous, will lead us to misery. Sensations should be ignored and even punished – so down this road misery is the end result either way.
With these and other belief systems in place, it is not difficult to understand how and why we, as a culture are so out of balance.
Now from here I find myself at a crossroads:
Sensation within the context of our overly yang/masculine culture
Sensation with a zoom lens.
Give it some thought. Any preference?
If so, let me know, otherwise I’ll do what I do…