Reflecting on the decade of abuse I’ve unwittingly inflicted upon my body by not listening to what it actually needs—what nutrients it seeks to ingest, what movement and breathing patterns it seeks to express, what relationships it seeks to engage and disengage from, etc.—I realized how my mind has acted like the burly character Lennie from John Steinbeck’s novella Of mice and men: with good intentions but ill proportions, full of excitement and enthusiasm, strangling what it fancies to death as it were. Much like Lennie our mind (by socially conditioned default) is enamored of fluffy things at the expense of the real things to the point of outright abuse


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