A Quote by Henri Nouwen on love, bodies, unity, and touch

Your body needs to be held and to hold, to be touched and to touch. None of these needs is to be despised, denied, or repressed. But you have to keep searching for your body's deeper need, the need for genuine love. Every time you are able to go beyond the body's superficial desires for love, you are bringing your body home and moving toward integration and unity.

Henri Nouwen

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Jeni Couzyn on bodies, words, language, touch, and connection

The way towards each other is through our bodies.
Words are the longest distance you can travel
so complex and hazardous you
lose your direction.

Jeni Couzyn

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 49 The Way Towards Each Other

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Erica Jong on women, bodies, aging, agelessness, thinness, wrinkle creams, and cosmetics

the belly may be kept firm through numerous pregnancies
by means of sit-ups     jogging     dancing     (think of Russian ballerinas)
    & the cunt
as far as I know is ageless     possibly immortal     becoming simply
more open     more quick to understand     more dry-eyed     than at 22


after all     is what you were dying for     (as you ravaged
islands of turtles     beehives     oysterbeds     the udders of cows)
desperate to censor changes which you simply might     have let play
over you         lying back     listening         opening yourself
    letting the years make love the only way
        (poor blunderers)
            they know

Erica Jong (1942 -)

Source: Cries of The Spirit, Pages: 37 (from Aging (balm...))

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by David Abram on bodies, earth, language, environment, rhythms, stillness, creativity, sensuality, and senses

Humans, like other animals, are shaped by the places they inhabit, both individually and collectively. Our bodily rhythms, our moods, cycles of creativity and stillness, even our thoughts are readily engaged and influenced by seasonal patterns in the land. Yet our organic attunement to the local earth is thwarted by our ever-increasing intercourse with our own signs. Transfixed by our technologies, we short-circuit the sensorial reciprocity between our breathing bodies and the bodily terrain. Human awareness folds in upon itself, and the senses – once the crucial site of our engagement with the wild and animate earth – become mere adjuncts of an isolate and abstract mind bent on overcoming an organic reality that now seems disturbingly aloof and arbitrary.

David Abram

Source: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage), Pages: 267

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by David Abram on earth, bodies, senses, sensuailty, region, place, touching, and touch

There is an intimate reciprocity to the senses; as we touch the bark of a tree, we feel the tree touching us; as we lend our ears to the local sounds and ally our nose to the seasonal scents, the terrain gradually tunes us in turn. The senses, that is, are the primary way that the earth has of informing our thoughts and of guiding our actions. Huge centralized programs, global initiatives, and other ‘top down” solutions will never suffice to restore and protect the health of the animate earth. For it is only at the scale of our direct, sensorial interactions with the land around us that we can appropriately notice and respond to the immediate needs of the living world.

Yet at the scale of our sensing bodies the earth is astonishingly, irreducibly diverse. It discloses itself to our senses not as a uniform planet inviting global principles, but as this forested realm embraced by water, or a windswept prairie, or a desert silence. We can know the needs of any particular region only by participating in its specificity – by becoming familiar with its cycles and styles, awake and attentive to its other inhabitants.

David Abram

Source: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage), Pages: 268

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by zaadzster_1 on soul, bodies, world, and reincarnation

Souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of the world.

Jesus Christ

Source: Gnostic Gospels: Pistis Sophia

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Confucius on love, soul, and bodies

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

Source: DeviantART

Contributed by: bluefireonix

A Quote by stephanie-maria warner on work of art, bodies, complicated, lives, life, antiques, nique, perception, enduring, and voices

"Our lives are unique. Our voices are enduring. Our bodies are antiques. Our perception of life is complicated. That makes us a work of art."

stephanie warner

Contributed by: stephanie

A Quote by Alan Lightman on time, clocks, bodies, living, life, and work

Then there are those who think that their bodies don't exist. They live by mechanical time. They rise at seven o'clock in the morning. They eat their lunch at noon and their supper at six. They arrive at their appointments on time, precisely by the clock. They make love between eight and ten at night. They work forty hours a week, read the Sunday paper on Sunday, play chess on Tuesday nights. When their stomach growls, they look at their watch to see if it is time to eat. When they begin to lose themselves in a concert, they look at the clock above the stage to see when it will be time to go home. They know that the body is not a thing of wild magic, but a collection of chemicals, tissues, and nerve impulses.

Alan Lightman

Source: Einstein's Dreams (Vintage Contemporaries)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Alan Lightman on time and bodies

In this world, there are two times. There is mechanical time and there is body time. The first is as rigid and metallic as a massive pendulum of iron that swings back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. The second squirms and wriggles like a bluefish in a bay. The first is unyielding, predetermined. The second makes up its mind as it goes along.

Alan Lightman

Source: Einstein's Dreams (Vintage Contemporaries)

Contributed by: Siona

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