Greeting your Body

We’ve never been through a pandemic and all of us are in it together, though we know we are not all in the same situations. One person may have lost their job and be worried about paying their rent or having enough to eat. Another person might not be going through that, but may be anxious, waking up with dreams about people not keeping physical distance and all of a sudden in the dream, they are in the middle of this scene and freaking out.

Psychological stressors take a toll on us, especially if we are losing our job, worried about the basics, but even if we are just here getting through this. How you are feeling about this situation, however it is, is totally normal. This situation that we are living with Covid-19 is not normal. And it’s stressful. Period. But how you feel, normal.

So, let’s get grounded in ourselves. First, begin with your body.

Say hello to your body. It is as simple as “Hi my body.” “Hi body.” Introduce yourself to your body as if it were separate from you.

Then write that you say that and write what your body says back. How does it respond? What does your body say about this pandemic? What does it say to you right now? How does it tell you that you need to pay attention? What part tells you that you feel good or that you feel anxious? What does your body say about ways which you can make it feel better, safer, more steady?

Now, can you read what you wrote aloud, to your body. If once is not enough, read it twice or more, read it over and over again.

Write what it was like to write this and what it was like to read it back to yourself. This can be a sentence or it can be a paragraph, just reflect.

When our comfort is being challenged, our body tends to sound the alarms, when we feel unsafe at all, our body tells us. How can we check in with our bodies to have a true sense of what we feel?

How can we take a scan of our body, head to toe, to notice how our body feels and use that scan, use the feelings we recognize to help us understand how we are and to help us transform into calmer, more even-keeled humans—- even in a time like this. Write what you think about this. Share it with a friend or share it with yourself.

Sometimes the deepest answers are within us, we just need to listen.

Thank you for writing with us today!

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Be safe. Be well.

-Liza

Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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