Biodynamics online course from the Biodynamic Agricultural College9th May 2022
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Why the “Woo” can be good for you
by Mara Galeano Carraro
We live in a world that is governed by targets and deadlines. A world that thrives on measurements and predictability. We are obsessed with time. We count it by the minute, and we’re often neglecting our bodies and our minds to fit our to-do list within the allocated slot. We lose touch with ourselves, with the ground beneath us, with the subtle ebbs and flows of the air around us. Most of us have no idea what phase of the moon we’re in, or which constellations are directly above us. Most of us spend more time than we’d like to admit pressed with our noses up against a screen – whether that be our laptop, our phone, or our TV.
So, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise when we find ourselves in pain – crippled by the shapes we hold our bodies in whilst we work, drive, commute, shop… the list goes on. Furthermore, by being so obsessed with time, it is a rare occurrence that we can truly stop to take stock of how we feel, or allow ourselves to simply breath and be. This is why the “woo” in biodynamics could be good for you.
Whilst the world that we negotiate each day is driven by time and target obsession, the actual world that surrounds us is not. The natural world, that we are very much a part of, has its own rhythms. Biodynamics, alongside many other “alternative” views of humanity, reminds us to tune in. To tune into our own bodies and their rhythms. To tune into the trajectory of the sun, the moon, the stars. To feel the rain and the warmth of the sun on your skin. To place your bare feet on the Earth and to feel the connection between your own body and all that surrounds you.
You may think that this all sounds like a very idle pursuit – like the kind of thing that one might try when there really is nothing else to do. But that is exactly the point. We would all benefit from taking the time to tune-in, even when it feels like there is none. Tuning in allows you to get out of your busy “work-mind” and into your body. Tuning in allows you to reconnect your mind to your body, and to feel the concrete reality of the world around you. It calms, it soothes. It allows you to feel into your connection with the life around you, to feel the “microtude” of your own existence. To connect to the wider cosmos, and ultimately to ease your mind. You can do this as you farm, garden, or even as you walk about your day. All it takes is a moment to stop, breath in, close your eyes and then open them to really observe all that is around you. You never know – it might even make you feel great.