Inside the Body Shell

Here’s a video from the class I co-teach with Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, at the College of Marin. This session was recorded on December 1, 2016, and it discusses the difference between how we feel on the inside and how we Continue Reading →

The Body of Fear

What keeps the mind-body relationship so dysfunctional? What makes us feel alienated from the organism that gives us life? I believe the cause is fear, though it often gets expressed as frustration or disgust. When we dislike our appearance, our fear of social failure drives the discontent. When we Continue Reading →

Further Explorations of the Mind-Body Relationship

Down in the body we have masses of nerve tissue around the vital organs. Up in the brain we have this region called the insula, upon which is mapped our visceral landscape, and through which the prefrontal cortex can tap into the body’s doings and feelings. Between Continue Reading →

O Universe, Do not Be Afraid

We haven’t yet discussed one of the central problems in the mind-body relationship: fear. Many of the qualities we’re trying to stop are driven by it. Criticism of the body is driven by fear that others won’t find us attractive, Continue Reading →