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Being embodied is more than just noticing how good a body can feel.

It is a way of being in active, reciprocal relationship. Reciprocal relationship with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us. A reciprocal relationship is one of mutual support and mutual change. We support and are supported. We change and are changed.

Embodiment means next to nothing if it’s only about how good we feel.

And what do these words “embodied” or “embodiment” even mean, really? We have bodies. We’re embodied by default.

Embodiment is a practice of returning to the comfort and support of these physical bodies that is our birthright.

A practice of embodiment must go beyond the physical sensations of being in a body and nurture an understanding of the world we inhabit, the world we participate in creating.

A practice of embodiment must be an exploration of the inner world, but it must include an exploration and deep understanding of the outer world.

Once we understand the greater cultural complexity of the world as it is, then we can take individual responsibility for ourselves as we are, and who we wish to become.

The root of that individual responsibility can be found in the pit of the belly and the marrow of the bones. It’s in the way the earth is holding us. It’s in the deep space at the bottom of the breath. This is where I find the support and space needed to take responsibility for my life.

All of this can be learned, but it has to be practiced. Because in practicing, we change. In changing ourselves, we have capacity and responsibility to change the world.

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The body has the answers your mind is searching for. The Tarot is a tool to find them. Learn how: www.abigailroseclarke.com/luminous