For now - so long as you are in this body – this is how you encounter world. You feel and you engage with others through the medium of your body. There is no other way.
Old modalities of thinking/feeling/being have been telling us to overcome our bodies and to use our bodies in ways that reify ourselves - as if our bodies are machines, tools to be used - by others. By ourselves.
Yet our bodies are living beings. Our bodies live us. And more importantly - our bodies, however provisionally, are the medium through which we encounter change within ourselves and change in the world around us.
If you are concerned for the planet - your home - start with your body. If you are concerned for your family - start with your body. If you are concerned for your community - start wth your body.
For the purposes of realization, your body is constituted by the same forces that constitute the cosmos; Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space, and Consciousness.
Here at Dragons Nest Academy we practice being whole and being vital through the Six Element Family - the natural forces that animate all of existence - yours included.
We may have been told that others know better what to do with our bodies (and our earth) than we do. Yet we can - and must - know this for ourselves.
The great lie is over.
If we treat our own bodies (as well as the bodies of others) with ignorance, disrespect, anger, suspicion, alienation and hatred – if we are locked into a war with our bodies (overeating, overwork, fear, denial, anxiety, chemicals, additives, pollution, plastics, misplaced expectations) we are also locked into a war with our planet (agri-business, plundering resources, climate change, denial, deforestation, water supply, plastics, pollution).
Our bodies are constituted primarily by water. The flow of water is our body, and our body is always in flux. Realizing this flux (on the inside) is how we enter flux (on the outside) with ease and grace.
As my body/home changes: our body/planet changes.
As we go - so it goes - the state of the planet, the state of our bodies. Our flow is one and the same
How can we take care of our body/home/our body planet? The question is extraordinarily complex yet stunningly simple.
The answer begins and ends with awareness. In order to act is ways that benefit ourselves and the planet we must practice being aware; aware of what is happening inside of us (my body/my flux), as well as what is happening outside of us (our bodies/our community/our planet) with grace, compassion, kindness, vitality and joy.
Start where you are. Start here. Start now.