Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hips and the Body Electric

I'm marrying myself! I've been proposing for a while but am actually doing it now. I've linked this blog,, to my Facebook account so that each time I post here it posts there. I've friends and colleagues on Facebook that I'd like to impress. Because I want to impress people, I divide my different ways of being depending on who it is I'm talking to. And while that's quite crafty, it's creepy too. So I'm not doing it anymore.

So. I'm curious about taking good care of my body. Resources available for that curiosity (that you likely share) are widely available from organizations that manipulate information so that it leads to profits, which means that the information widely distributed is somewhat skewed. I'm feeling the urge, as an non-corporate conglomerate, to share what I know to be beneficial within my own physical experience. I started this blog with the intent that it would be all about art, and now I am adding in some physical body info too. It's a relevant topic for an artist. Some people have asked me about how to boost their creativity. From what I know so far, creativity is an energetic river that is always flowing. It's one of the source rivers for this earth experience- the energy of creation. And so if one wants to access it, one really just has to be available to it. We don't have to make a river happen- rivers already exist. To get wet, we just need to step in or sit by the edge and feel the spray. One way of removing dams to the creative river is by being physically clean. Chemicalized food, food that has suffered, or a lot of food in the digestive tract always makes me more dense and less able to receive. Conversely, food that has been freshly harvested from my garden or locally, or found in the wild gives me a greater receptive capacity. Since my body depends on water to live, I must also drink plenty of good water to function properly.
I want to talk about the position of the pelvis. I started consciously tilting the top of my pelvis forward when I walked or stood about 15 years ago, because I noticed that the girls that the boys liked did that. I wanted to be liked. This Spring I noticed in the mirror that my butt looked flat. I thought- What in the world? I used to have such a tight ass. And I got to wondering how to re-acquire that nice little peach shape. A Chi-Gong practitioner named Janette came to our Raw Foods event last weekend and mentioned how important it is to relax the belly and yet also tuck in the pelvis slightly (to do what she says would require tightening the butt while standing. The spine should feel lengthened & taller.) She said that you can literally see people losing energy- see it spilling out of their bellies- when their pelvic floor is tilted behind them. When you tuck the pelvis you keep a tight butt, and it makes the figure more lovely, I think. Good posture is important, of course. There's a reason good posture is attractive all over the world- it indicates good health and stamina.

Years ago, I went to a sweat with Steve, Sarah, Roger, and Nik. It was hosted by a Sioux family. This was new for Sarah and me so we went to the mother and daughter beforehand and asked what we should wear? We were both wearing pants at the time, and the mother gently disapproved of the pants-wearing. She said, "No, pants are not good for women. Having that fabric between your legs will interrupt your connection to the Earth. We want to receive what's being given to us, so a skirt. Especially at the sweat." Now recently Steve was listening to a youtube video of David Wolfe saying that he has just learned one of the most important health practices for the proper functioning of our bodies. Ready? It's so simple it's kind of funny. Ready? It's walking on the ground barefoot. Just taking off our shoes and walking barefoot. We're electric, of course. The same way the earth is electric. If you think the earth is not electric, talk with someone who has been struck by lightening, or someone who has had a pacemaker inserted into their chest cavity. Years ago, my friend Andrew relayed that people are relieved when they take off their shoes at the end of the day because removing the rubber from the bottom of the feet allows the body to re-balance the positive charge it has accumulated throughout the day. Excess positive charge is exhausting. The rubber in our shoes prevents the electrical charge in our body from aligning with the earth's. So take off yer shoes during the day. Additionally, walking barefoot on the earth is a free reflexology session. Whatever pebbles or sticks press underfoot are massaging whatever requires treatment.

Okay! Well that's good for now. If you'd like to share some of your tips for feeling good I welcome you to, please.

The illustrations here are part of the upcoming 2010 Weekly Calendar.


Suzette said...

Wow Shannon,
I'll be re-reading this post for sure, lots of Great
information for those IN formation! I love barefoot! I want to do more massage with my feet...
Why is it "playing Footsie" was always such a turn on?
Even in the movies... Ha Ha Ha

I realized that I stay well ( when I remember) with sound/song. It is so powerful. I think we all have a song. Sometimes I sing yet the words I do not know.
Those are the most special songs when something sings through me. Kinda of like an infant in communion with Infinity.
They really can be Teachers, Right?
So great to visit here!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing so much, really appreciate your heart in all this...and it's calling . I have a friend who has been a traditional raw foodist for decades, when he visited for several weeks he shared the writings of Dr. Douglas N. Graham who eats 80% fruit. He also wrote a book called "Grain Damage" lol and some of the negative effects on our body and grain production to our Mother. Of course, in this 'world' he is considered very radical.
There are sooo many of the most delectable fruit soups and salad dressings there. Figgy Bliss Smoothie orange hemp seed salad etc. My skin was so moist and well hydrated All of me was while he was here. Anyway, to be with as you will or not in discerment on the Garden path. :)

Anonymous said...

PS Blessings on your Beautiful Marriage...I too, realize I am my own bride, with all my faults I love me still...all in white behind the veil. ;)

'rawmanct' lol

Shannon said...


I sang some songs and ate a cucumber! :)

Anonymous said...

Grapefruit Cucumber Soup
8oz cucumbers
8oz grapefruit
8oz tomatoes
Directions: Blend while humming deeply, enjoy while listening to your body sing! ;)

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jle said...

Great post ! I'm glad I took a look at your work. Very nice. Feminine energy oriented. It was wonderful spending time with everyone. Funny I've been walking barefoot for awhile and always feel better. Now I have my justification. Happy full moon, my kindred soul. Mmmmmm...I've been eating my cucumbers whole these days, like an apple. Too lazy to cut anything up. And the crunching is part of the song.

Anonymous said...

Our Mother which art upon the earth, Hallowed be thy name.    
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done
in us as it is in thee.
As thou sendest every day thy angels, send them to us also.
Forgive us our sins,
as we atone all our sins against thee.
Lead us not into sickness,
but deliver us from all evil.
for thine is the earth,
the body and the health.

Shannon said...

O. Beautiful. beautiful.