Ch. 7: Repositioning My Body Repositions My Relationship to Flows of Information

What My Body Knows


I Cannot Be In Just One Kind of a Relationship

If I have access to an awareness of my breath, I am already "in touch" with one of the core rhythms of my being. "Core" in two senses: one, because it perhaps goes without saying that one must breathe to live, and two, because breath engages the entirety of the core, that sometimes ill-defined, ellipsoidal corporeal area that encompasses the top of the spine to the base of the pelvis. And yet for all the emphasis that I have witnessed first-hand being given to breath in many of the practices which don the label "somatic" Continue reading

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Ch. 5: Stillness, the Impossible Experience

What My Body Knows


Even When I Am Still, I Am Moving

Stillness is a profoundly beautiful metaphor, but I can only experience it as metaphor because my deepest efforts at stillness only manage to uncover more motion. Indeed, my experience of being is one of constant motion.

Stillness, as a lived experience, is at best relatively minor motion next to something that reads more clearly as moving. Stillness is only perceptible as the lesser degree of counterposed states of motion, which is to say that something looks or feels like stillness when it is moving a lot less (for more on this subject, see Ch. 3 "I Move Socially"). This is not a metaphysical re-interpretation of some metaphorically appealing portion of physics: this is just an accumulation of acts of kinesthetic self-witnessing. This is how I experience it in my body. To be still Continue reading

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Ch. 3: I Move Socially

What My Body Knows


I Am Always inside Meaning Creation

Movement is always contextual because movement is about a set of relationships. Movement becomes perceptible through the changes that we observe in those relationships — that is, it emerges from and is perceptible precisely because of the relationships which define its context. Consider how movement verbs in the intransitive become curiously effective at invoking an unstated but always perceived context:

  • The economy grew.
  • The bus drives.
  • The worker slows.
  • The students excel.

Past what? Relative to whom or to what? None of these Continue reading

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Ch. 1: My Skin Is Always Touching

What My Body Knows


My Skin Is Always Touching

I am lying on my back. I am staring up but my eyes are closed. It still feels like staring, regardless of the disposition of my eyelids; only, it is much darker and more blurry. I can feel my eyes dart around as I think. Filtering through my eyelids, I can still see the unmistakable presence of light. My eyelids give it a deep red hue. I am trying to relax the muscles in my face.

I turn my attention toward Continue reading

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Body Metaphors / Metáforas corporales

A inexhaustive list of English meanings based in body metaphors:

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Das Racist “Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell”

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Mykki Blanco on Roots, Acapella Punk Poetry

Talking about her acapella rendition of “David Blaine Bitches” (see the link to the article):

“Yes, it’s important for me as a hip hop artist to always strive to be innovative but not forget my roots, and my roots are in raw acapella punk poetry much in the cinema verité style the video is shot in.” – Mykki Blanco, from interview with Dazed Digital

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The Best Female Hip Hop Dancers from Around the Globe

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El Général “Rais Le Bled”: Hip Hop and the Arab Spring in Tunisia

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Writing Women Out of Hip Hop History

The Wikipedia page (in English) on hip hop is quite long, and yet it only manages to mention – briefly – two women: Lil’ Kim and M.I.A.

No Missy Elliot. No Queen Latifah. No Roxanne Shanté. No Left Eye. No Lady of Rage. No Lauryn Hill (though the Fugees are mentioned without reference to Lauryn). Not even the best selling female rap group of all time, Salt-N-Pepa, is mentioned. Now, how does that happen?

Why would the crowd-sourced font of knowledge be erasing women’s contributions to hip hop? In a word: Patriarchy. Glaring omissions like these are not an appropriate way to honor hip hop’s history and the women who helped to build it. It is, indeed, writing women out of the history of hip hop. Are you a regular contributor to Wikipedia? If so, perhaps we could fix this. Continue reading

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