Invitation to Be

Welcome to Body & Being! I’m honored that you are visiting. How did I come to author a blog on embodiment and spirituality?

Many streams of life experience feed into this project: my mom sitting on my bed telling third-grade me that if I wanted to fall asleep, I should think about my belly button; receiving a What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls on my twelfth birthday from my dad, and feeling slightly mortified; dancing to Justin Timberlake and Sean Paul (I feel slightly mortified mentioning that now) on my high school drill team in small town Texas; leading young girls and college students at my church through workshops that explored worship and movement.

The most recent circumstances that have compelled this blog are some health issues that I’ve been struggling with for a couple years. You’ll hear more about that in later posts. Never before has the disconnect between having a body and being a body been so pronounced for me. If my body is part of who I am, does this mean that I am less whole than I was before my health issues started? I sure feel that way sometimes. But this cannot be – Christ tells us that we are a new creation in Him. How does the reality of this new gospel life touch the reality of our life in/as bodies that decay and die? Certainly it does not mean that we neglect our current bodies and live disembodied existences geared only toward our resurrected lives and bodies. Our bodies are important now. They have something to tell us about God, about life, about who we are as broken yet redeemed people. What that is – what our bodies tell us – is the question I want to explore. Read more on the heart of this blog here.

I can’t promise too many answers. What I do promise is an honest and thought-provoking excursion into the thicket of questions. I envision weaving personal stories, theological reflection, and cultural critique into these posts, covering topics like bodies in worship, praying with the body, Chinese and American attitudes toward the body, illness and healing, pregnant bodies, medical practice, etc.

I invite you to sit back, grab a cup of tea or a piece of chocolate (whatever gets you in the mood for good conversation) and join me in venturing deeper into the paradox of body & being. I also welcome your comments. Dialogue is always preferable to monologue.