Sunday, December 12, 2010

#reverb10: Body Intergration

December 12 – Body Integration This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)

Sunset at the top of Jiminy Peak...

What a serendipitous reverb prompt, for last night I went skiing for the first time of the season. It was a surprisingly mild night and the trails were perfect for zipping down the hill. It being the first outing of the season, I anticipated some trouble getting back into it and finding my center, but it was like I never stopped skiing. Maybe it was muscle memory, or maybe it was the perfect fusion of mind and body, being oh so sprightly and agile.

I go through the majority of my life feeling uncertain and unconfident, but skiing is one of the few activities where I feel powerful, confident, and adventurous.I am not sure why that is; I guess everyone has a pursuit that gives that sense of accomplishment and power.

When I ski, it's like my mind and body come together, supremely focused. I concentrate on my form and the edges of my skis, anticipating jumps, reacting quickly to ice and mounds of snow. My mind and body work cohesively together, like partners in crime. And yet, when my body is working so hard, I reach a point where a part of the mind is free. Free to wonder and wander the world around me.

When I'm on a trail by myself, surrounded by snow-covered trees, I feel as if I am the only one on the mountain. Snow blankets and muffles the sounds save for swish of my skis as they glide through the snow. It's those moments in life where I feel the most alive and free.


  1. Ironically we had a moderate snowfall all day today which resulted in a pleasant walk in a nearby bush. It reminded me of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. There was a body integration there.

  2. your description was perfect...i experience that sometimes while running, but as you know, never with skiing :)

  3. I love your post; I have felt this when cycling!
    The wind in my hair and just me and the bike blurring into one~

  4. That's exactly what it is: blurring into one!

  5. novel idea,

    body integration, first time to hear this phrase...

    Thanks for the inspiration..
    Happy Tuesday!

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