I am attracted to this phrase from John O’Donohue: “The body is in the soul.” I turned to collage to discover its meaning.
The body, my physical home, is not just a container or a vessel. She is in the soul. She lives in and as part of the soul. As such, she is not alone, not fending for herself, but held in the shelter and embrace of the soul.
The soul is alive and unbound, impressionable, full of vitality and fluidity, always responding to the moment. And yet, I often experience my body as bound—contained within the confines of my skin, held in and separate. What if my body, living in my soul, as part of my soul, were not bound up in this separate physical package? What if I could remember that these skin boundaries are actually porous and permeable, allowing energy to move in and out of me, to meet and mingle with others?
My body gives my soul a way to connect with others. She is affected by life and she is intimate with all of life. My soul knows physical life through my body—tastes it, smells it, sees it, hears it, touches it, feels it…mindful experiencing of these senses, being sensuous, is to be in the presence of my soul, and is to be embraced in Presence.
Blues and oranges are the colors that my husband and I (in that order) love and are attracted to. For many years, I thought orange was too bright, garish, overdone. As I have learned to appreciate it over the past several years, I feel that I am also embracing my own vitality and life force energy. It warms me, feels radiant with life, invites me to joy, passion, and sensuality.
Images echo how nature, like the soul, holds and embraces and tends to us. She is our home, out of which we arise and flourish, and back to which we return. These images reveal the life, the movement, the fluidity, the beauty, and also the solidity and presence of the body in the soul. Held in the embrace of the soul, my body is safe, grounded, able to drop her boundaries and dip into the water of life.
(Quote from John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara, p.53. Image of woman from Louise Beckerman, titled Waters Edge.)
13 thoughts on “the body is in the soul”
Katy, what a wonderful way for all of us to enter the new year, with the recognition of our bodies in our souls. Through the body the soul experiences herself in all the ways you describe. This brings me to an intimacy and love for this body enlivened by and enlivening the soul. Thank you for the gift.
Beautiful post. And a wonderful idea that I’m going to ponder.
Awesome post ~ I too love orange now and have for several years now ~namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey and A Creative Harbor) linked w/ CED
what a lovely post to be introduced to your blog by… looking forward to following along with CED…xx
Hi Katy, so glad I finally got here, I love your words and your aesthetic. This theme of fluidity of body and soul, seeing them as one, not separate, is very near and dear to me. You have expressed it so beautifully here. And I love that you and your husband are attracted to orange and blue, especially orange, since it’s the sacral chakra color and it gets so little play:-) Such a beautiful, vibrant, fluid, vibration it has.
Adding you now to my follow and blog roll, looking forward to sharing more with you. – Lisa
thanks, Lisa! your work on the sacred and vibrant feminine is an important part of my exploration. i also look forward to our continued connection!
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This is beautiful, Katy!