When you’re reading your first few Movement Articles, I’m sure you’re wondering, “What is this all about?” One day, he’s writing about exercise, the next day psychology, and the next physiology and sometimes physics. Is this schizophrenia by scribe?
I love not just the intersection of these disciplines, but the vergence. They converge into consilience. What do these subjects mean whenever look at them as a whole? What do they tell us…about us?
There is a commonly accepted belief that the body is built for survival. I used to accept it, too, but I’m not so sure anymore. It is built for survival…but it may be built for something more than that.
The human body, like everything else that’s alive, is a product of evolution. Humans, more so than any other species, have a vast array of functions. We can do things and have done things far beyond accomplishing simple survival. Perhaps we can evolve better than all organisms that evolution has selected.
I believe that our incomparable ascension and continued progress is due to our consciousness, which was built on the back of the nervous system and it’s foundational unit – the sensorimotor loop. How we feel affects what we do and what we do affects how we feel. That’s the crux of BioFeedback.
Between trial, success, and error, over lifetimes, even millennia, our accomplishments have amassed. And yet, for as much as we’ve achieved, we’re left with the same questions.
Why am I here? What is mine to do? What will make me happy? The answers to all of those questions reside within all the sciences…including BioFeedback.
Why am I here? What will make me happy? What is mine to do? These are the big questions. Many scientists say science can’t answer these questions.
To answer these questions requires us to be philosophical. I don’t think so. Philosophy may be the realm of questions, but science provides answers.
The cosmological and evolutionary sciences answer why we’re here. From the big bang to genetics, science has outlined our birth from the death of a star towards our ascension to the stars. The Psychological sciences have uncovered what will make us happy….at least generally. We need good relationships including the relationship with our self. But to answer what is individually ours to do, we have to look to a new science.
Who are we, what are we, where did we come from, how did we get here are all questions science has answered. There remains one question. That question has to do with meaning.
Many think finding meaning in life is beyond the realm of science. I’ve heard Tony Robbins say something to the effect of, “Achievement is a science. Fulfillment is an art.” In order to find meaning, do we have to become philosophical?
No, in fact, the opposite. I believe we have to become scientific, experimental. We have to experiment with a very specific and personal science.
In order to find meaning, to find what it ours to do, and to feel fulfilled, we have to tune into what does the doing…and the feeling. We have to attune our mind to our body. We can do this through the practice of biofeedback.
Have you ever played, “hot or cold?” “You’re getting colder….You’re getting warmer.” Our body works much the same.
It lets us know if we’re doing the right things, headed in the right direction…doing what is ours to do.
But the critical part is what we do when our body lets us know we’re headed in the wrong direction. Do we ignore how we feel? Or do we embrace it and change direction?
We’ll never know what’s ours to do unless we follow the leadership of our body. As it turns out, finding the meaning and getting fulfillment isn’t an art. Fulfillment is the oldest science of all.
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