Considering the Primal Mind, how does it connect to the body?
Without the mind-body feedback we would not have made it to the point we are now. The point where we could begin to forego such things..
For example, the way our feet have become.. Compare the sensory information an average human gets from their feet today and 100,000 years ago.
In fact, we even use it as an insult “Fred Flinstone Feet”…
While I’m not above thinking this is hilarious, what we’re really saying in a roundabout way is that we look down on wild humans.
Neoteny is an interesting phenomena of evolution in which traits of juveniles are retained into adulthood.
Our mostly hairless bodies resemble infants of the lower hominids which we evolved from.
The weakness of our feet, lack of connections in our frame and short sightedness coming from blunted awareness however, are not evolutionary advantages.. They make us more vulnerable.
As an example, consider ankle sprains, they are one of the most prevalent injuries occurring in young people and athletes.
The casting of our feet using shoes prevents our feet from working in the way that they evolved to.
We need back braces to do manual labor, shoes to run and a GPS to go somewhere we’ve been several times..
These things show us a disconnection from the body, a dulling of the senses. The Primal Mind and body which were the original safety have been replaced by technology. The problem with this is that there is an intelligence to the body which feels how we have become vulnerable.
It reveals itself in feelings of unease and anxiety.. The major issues of our time, issues unknown to many Hunter-Gatherer tribes.
For any of us who are feeling these things, let us move back into the body.
Temperature exposure is a great place to begin. Checkout Wim Hof on Vice, start taking cold showers or using Sauna. Connect to the feeling and watch how the body becomes able to adapt to the fluctuations in temperature.
The daily fluctuations in temperature signal the Circadian Rhythm of our body to sync up with nature. Going for a walk around sunset and sunrise are great ways to introduce this temperature variance.
We can also get double benefit from walking at this time thanks to the light from the sunrise and sunset which will also serve to sync our Circadian Rhythm.
A well connected body, well connected to nature will yield a sharper mind. For those of us looking for a mental edge and those of us looking to heal ourselves, we would do well to recreate more of the stimuli our ancestors experienced in nature.
Encouraging you to live like a human…