As you are reading this, you are supported by a combination of two things: your reflex, predominantly-slow-twitch-muscle system and your bones and your voluntary, fast-twitch-muscle holding. The latter are not designed for holding us up in gravity. The former are. If you picture your cat or a giraffe, or even in a broader sense a tree, you have an image of a balanced, well-coordinated way of moving up in gravity. If you picture an old person hunched over, you have a sense of what using voluntary muscle to take over the reflex’s job leads to. Forcing good posture with voluntary muscle doesn’t make it better—letting go of the familiar pattern we’ve gotten used to does.
•you are supported by a floor or ground
•your reflex system and your bones are supporting you. this support is available
•you are in a space with air around you, rather than a vacuum
•there is space behind you and above you as well as in front of you, there is space left and right (even if it is obstructed by something or someone, the space exists; to acknowledge this is different from having your perception be distorted by the fact that your eyes point forward only and do not show you equally what is behind, and that we tend to look at objects (such as the computer or phone you’re reading these words on) below. There is space above and behind you also.
•The body is a process, not an entity. In forming an image of your body, or your self, you will likely imagine you are a three-dimensional thing—but if you can loosen your definition to allow the inclusion of the fact that you are also a being in time, you have a more accurate image. What changes if you do this?
Are you breathing?
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