Biologically Mindful Media, Art, & Poetry

My Body, My Lover, a MindfulBiology (i.e., written by Will Meecham) essay posted on the elephant journal site. It encapsulates what I consider the most healing benefit of the method: helping us feel held by our own bodies.

Finding Realization In The Body, a video of Reggie Ray being interviewed by Renate McNay. A superb discussion of the body’s importance in human maturation and spiritual growth.

Like much of Mary Oliver’s work, the following piece from her Dream Work collection is consistent with MindfulBiology. To respect the poet’s copyright, I copy only an excerpt:

Poem (The Spirit Likes to Dress Up)
… Airy and shapeless thing,
it needs
the metaphor of the body,
lime and appetite,
the oceanic fluids;
it needs the body’s world,
and imagination
and the dark hug of time …

The Art of Meinrad Craighead. Beautiful artwork with potent biological, feminine, and indigenous imagery. Here’s one of Ms. Craighead’s paintings, Enclosed Garden, as an example:

MindfulBiology wouldn’t have become my focus if it not for my history of childhood trauma, which demanded years of personal and spiritual exploration. Part of that process involved overcoming chemical dependence. A short and simple video, Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong), reminds us that addiction is about wounded people doing their best to cope: