Body Work

A couple of weeks ago we had David Waters, journalist, stylist, counsellor and part of the faculty of the School of Life come in to talk to us about how we should pay more attention to our bodies and what it is trying to tell us – on a regular basis, rather than just occasionally. He introduced us to the work of Antonio Damasio, a professor at the University of Southern California and Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard Business School.

He shared some interesting quotes with us:

“At every moment of our lives the brain’s body sensing regions receive signals with which they can construct maps of the ongoing body state.”

– Antonio Damasio, Looking for Spinoza

“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

“I’m a fountain of blood. In the shape of a girl.”


“There isn’t an education system on the planet that teaches dance everyday to children the way we teach them mathematics. Why?”

– Sir Ken Robinson, Educationalist

“I can only meditate when I’m walking. When I stop, my mind ceases to think; my mind only works with my legs.”

– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

He also pointed us to a couple of interesting videos which we urge you to watch when you can: Sir Ken Robinson on the example of Gillian Lynne who was diagnosed with ADHD as a child but went on to become an incredibly successful dancer, and a TED talk by Dr. Amy Cuddy on how body language shapes who we are.

A big thank you to David for his time and insight – we really enjoyed the session!


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