You know the statue “the Thinker” by August Rodin? Imagine sitting like that, in your attic, or something, and believing that you can understand the whole world in/with/through your mental thinking processes.
(I kind of did think that at one point.)
But that simply can’t be the case, right? The body must … mean something. Do something. Be important. ‘Somatic philosophy’. What is that? Is it anything? Is it even sayable, I mean, what with language and the gap it creates between the word and what it denotes? Ehum.
(Or: Is all philosophy somatic?)
In this podcast series, I’m engaging deeply in dialogues about the body and philosophy – bodily wisdom-seeking, the body as a path to wisdom – and, in a Socratic manner, following where the questions leads. I don’t plan much – which I otherwise often do. I don’t set a structure. I’m not trying to prove my way towards an already formulated conclusion … It’s an exploration. A cultivation of intuition and presence. The episodes are part of this too. I don’t know how many there’ll be or who I’ll make them with. It feels fabulous.
Philosophical practice: Lived and alive love of wisdom.
Here’s a conversation with Merlin Györy, coach and mentor at Gifted Creative Coaching, and Skyping with me from Germany.
“The way I experience what life is,” says Merlin, “is through any kind of connection. Somatically, we can’t stay fixed in time, and nothing can be a perfect repetition. Any engagement that I do is a communication; an exercise of my connection to life.”
Vignette jingle by Gregory Hovnanian Weber
I’m thinking about something I read at some point – students in a school that started every maths class by drumming rhythmically on their desks, all together, for five minutes. Can we ever learn without soma?
Philosophy is what we need.
Do you want to learn about learning about
yourself and all of that
together with a philosophical coach?
Write to Miriam at kontakt @ filoprax.se.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Psst! Find all episodes of this series under the tab Filoprax’ Articles and Podcasts.