I am reading again the work of the author Paul Verhaeghe, a famous professor of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis at the University of Ghent (Belgium). I love his work and always used it at university with my students. Very inspiring!
In his recent book Intimacy he fights against the Cartesian way of life that got out of hand today:
we have separated body and mind and the socially dominant influences, such as media, are aimed at increasing that separation. This leads to more accidents such as depression and burn-out.
So basically the whole western philosophy is based on “I am my Mind”. Therefor I spent my whole life in the West struggling with the identification ‘I am my mind’, and that denial of the body. As a dancer I found that insane! But I adjusted and adapted to the western rules.
However like a chameleon, I adapted to the environment of my new home country and became ‘more Dutch than the Dutch’.
I lead 15 years of schizophrenia mind vs body. Like Catherine Deneuve in the film ‘Belle de Jour’ who was leading a double life between being a bourgeois lady and a prostitute.
And in the evenings and week-ends I practiced ‘I am my Body’ dancing my Divine & Goddess Dance with hundreds of ‘schizophrenic’ women like me.
I took the time to heal, to self-reflect, dance, be and think: how do I want my life to go in? How can I live and work, all the time, as Body & Mind, as whole?
During my burn-out recovery process, I took the ‘Divine Vow’ that from now on I will go through life only as ‘Whole’, never ever compromise again.
I took the vow that no matter what I do, I will stand proudly in life and say loudly ‘I am whole, I am Body & Mind’.
Merci for being my wild & Sensual partners in crime in this amazing WoMen empowerment journey!
Merci for being YOU!
Happy new 2🧿2🧿! That this new year will make up feel whole again!
Looking forward to dancing & hugging with you,
With a loving embrace,