Reply To: Exploring somatic influences in our experience

  • Whit Blauvelt

    March 30, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    In my case, when my back is in trouble, my attention turns from the body, and in doing so also turns from sensory immersion in the present world. Striving to return attention to the present world then can be effective in bringing attention back to the body in a way where I find ways to relieve its trouble, whereas focusing directly on the body first, paradoxically, I’ll tend to get it even tenser, rather than find effective moves to bring appropriate subtlety to correcting the alignment.

    Where this may support the McGilchrist picture is that attention to the present world should require a shift into the right hemisphere, whereas working directly on the body first may entail more of the left hemisphere’s focus on mechanical moves, rather than going into the organic sense of it.