Sociologist Ian Burkitt comments that our experience of the self has become “essentially disembodied” (Burkitt, 1999). In truth, we can’t be disembodied – unless you share Descartes’ weird belief in an incorporeal self – but many people experience life as if they were.
I love Mark Walsh’s passionate video on The Disembodied Mess We’re In.
People since at least Wilhelm Reich (d. 1957) have been saying something similar, notably perhaps Morris Berman and Gregory Bateson. But amidst all the theory, Mark’s video is especially valuable; it’s direct and poetic and can speak to the majority.
Mark is a trainer who grounds his work in embodiment and one of the strengths of the video is that speaks from that practical experience. We occasionally work together and it’s inspiring to hear him talk with such passion about something that is so central to my life. As the man says, staying in the “grey comatose wasteland of disembodiment” is not OK. “We’re sacred, we’re sane – and embodied, we could sort this mess out.”