Every Part Matters – Supporting Our Whole Body

Our body is made of many different parts and every part is naturally connected to all the others. It is not an option for each one to work in isolation and to not always be working together in precise synchronicity with all the other parts. So if one part is not supported, then the whole body is affected in some way, shape or form. Much like an orchestra playing together, one out-of-tune sound affects the whole piece being played.

It is a great understanding to have, to know that each organ, every muscle, the quality of our breath, every bodily system, even down to our cells and particles, plays a significant part in the whole – to either leave us feeling vital or depleted.

If we choose to not be present in our body, to not feel unity and be aware of the interconnectedness, then we can cause harm to ourselves. When we are present with ourselves we are able to take the care of our body in a way that allows each part to be everything it was designed to be… and thus US being everything we were designed to be in life.

So how does this play out in the practicality of our days? Let’s imagine a simple everyday situation like cutting vegetables for dinner. It is possible to do this one task in two very different ways:

One way… we can place all the importance and focus being directed only to the active part of the hand holding the knife while chopping the vegetables and forgetting the rest of the body. Perhaps in this scenario the head is leaning forward, the back slouching, the legs standing unevenly, and the mind being distracted and thinking of something unrelated. This activity is being done without an awareness of the rest of the body and a collaboration of the mind with it, which results in adding more strain on the hand, making it work in isolation. As the other parts are somewhat forgotten, they can end up in pain or tension from being in a poor posture or misalignment.

Second way… when we allow ourselves to feel our body, keep our mind with what our body is doing, we are then able to be aware of how we need to adjust our body and its parts to support the whole. It is easy to see that if we are consciously present, standing with our feet, our legs, our back, our hips and our head in a good even posture, keeping our mind also with the task at hand while cutting the vegetables, then the whole body remains supported and balanced with every part working together. Every part of the body is able to do its part, supporting the other parts in the activity, leaving the body in no way compromised or harmed.

When we work in this way the activity is not an effort, but something enjoyable that offers more energy to us because we have been present while doing it, therefore not draining ourselves by exerting extra energy than needed. The interesting thing is, it actually takes less energy to be aware, present and to support ourselves. It doesn’t add to the list or chores we do in our day, yet many of us seem to choose something similar to the first scenario in our daily activities. Is it any wonder humanity is so exhausted?

When we are aware, present and with ourselves in full, knowing every part matters, then we can clearly feel how we best need to support each part of our body. Activities do not become draining but offer the body a vitalised feeling.

When every part of the body is honoured, the body feels fully supported and able to do its purpose.

And when the body feels supported, it says, “What’s next? I’m ready for that!”

By Amparo Lorente, Special Needs Educator, Bachelor of Social Work, Social Educator Qualified, Master’s degree in Music Therapy, Complementary Health-Esoteric Practitioner & Johanna Smith, Bachelor of Education (Major Special Needs, Minor Psychology), Certificate of Early Childhood Education, Complementary Health – Esoteric Practitioner, Student of Counselling Diploma

Related Reading:
Episode 1 – Whole Body Intelligence
Connection to self through conscious presence
Presence in the body – Our key to True Intelligence


558 thoughts on “Every Part Matters – Supporting Our Whole Body

  1. It makes sense how musculoskeletal injuries occur, as we may be subtly injuring parts of our body repeatedly over time because we are unaware of our posture or the way we use our body, and then feel surprised when we are diagnosed with a painful acute or chronic condition.

  2. I had an amazing experience a while back where I was cracking eggs and as my mind drifted the rest of my body moved in slow motion. Once I realised and came back to the moment I was able to return to a sensible speed with the task. Makes me wonder are we living in slow-motion or fast forward rather than at the speed that we are designed to be in?

  3. I have found that when I am able to be present with my whole body as I go about my day then I am more aware of what my body needs and how to respond, and I am also able to set the quality of how I am in each moment. Once I skip moments I skip me, as well as the opportunities to be love that each moment offers.

    1. Also skips do not handle big waves so well but once connected to the Soul-full-flotilla that is available it broadens our horizons and even the biggest wave is taken in our stride.

  4. Not being present in the moment also leaves us wide open to knee-jerk reactions that often drain us super quick. Whereas being present we can respond to a situation without a heavily emotional response OR even respond before the situation has even occurred. I love that being prepared feeling and being present helps with this.

  5. As everything is a an energy or a vibration ,when we align ourselves to True energy and thus “fully supported” by our essences we can then stay in tune with how our body vibrates from a True energy.

  6. No importance has ever been placed on being present while doing something, taking into account the whole body. The way that impacts the quality of work produced doesn’t get spoken about & we just go on in our lives pretending like we don’t know or like it doesn’t matter. The first time I heard it, it didn’t quite make sense – I couldn’t make the connection. But the more I see it play out, the more I realise that the difference is so evident: when I do things and take into account the whole body, the end result has this majestic feel, like the job done is out of this world. If not, the job is still done, but it just looks normal – very much a part of this world.

    1. This is great I love how you have opened and explored Viktoria, as with everything we understand that a job that is well done comes with the appreciation of self and also of other’s ,as we understand that we are beings of essence first and foremost.

      1. We can only understand that through our own experience, it is difficult for somebody to show us if it has not flown through our body.

    2. Could it be that we appreciate another for their connection to their essences and that their ability to connect to as much as possible is not for us to Judge but simply to reflect the appreciation we are living. As appreciation is nothing more than understanding we are more than this physical vessel.

    3. Thanks Viktoria, great comment, I especially liked “when I do things and take into account the whole body, the end result has this majestic feel, like the job done is out of this world. If not, the job is still done, but it just looks normal – very much a part of this world.” This brings greater purpose to being present knowing what we can offer.

  7. “The interesting thing is, it actually takes less energy to be aware, present and to support ourselves.” Amparo that is really an interesting thing to know and also to try it out as to work in such a way seem to be a great joy as well!

  8. Multi tasking is one of the most exhausting things for us to do and yet we tend to do this a lot of the time. We can be doing one thing and yet the head/mind is thinking of another thing so in fact we are not really there doing either thing and yet we are asking the body to do two different things at the same time! Crazy really…
    And so I have found that the more focused I am with any task I do, and particularly with the focus being on how I do it (the quality of how I do it) then the deeper the quality that I can bring to that task and the less I get depleted in energy and the more I feel energised and less scattered too!

    1. But many of us multi-task all the time, for example even when writing a reply to your comment my mind was actually thinking of something else and I had to really refocus on the task at hand. And so if we do not bring awareness to our actions we could be disconnected all day from our bodies using just our minds instead.

    2. I don’t think it is just multi tasking, it’s also multi being with all those roles and facades we take on – doubly exhausting!

  9. We are so used to operating just from the head and leaving out the body, and yet the most ‘powerful’ of experiences can come to us when we use the head in conjunction with the whole body – this has time and time again been my experience and yet I still often forget to tune into the whole rather than just the part and so each time is a learning for me which is super valuable.

  10. The greater awareness beings the greater harmony – to our body, as an individual as well as a collective.

  11. When we take care our our bodies, we prepare them for greater levels of service, responsibility and capacity to love: setting a steady and solid foundation that is ready for whatever is next.

  12. I love the way my body communicates and for this reason conscious presence is very dear to me. When I feel something come up in the body I can choose to stay with it, give some understanding to it, and feel how that conversation can often change the way the body then presents. It’s a beautiful language to converse in!

  13. The best way to support the body is to honor it, honoring the parts and the whole; honoring the whole through the parts and the parts through the whole. Moving in honor to our body carries an enormous beauty.

    1. Honouring – That is such a gorgeous word to use in relation to how we can be with the body. And how the body constantly asks us to refine the way we honour ourselves.

  14. It’s amazing really to consider, we have an amazingly designed system which works best when all parts are taken into account and they are designed to mutually support and work together, as the example offered here with the orchestra so beautifully illustrates, if one is out of tune, it affects the whole piece being played; yet we often operate in this way, and subvert the beautifully designed system that is our body, and we wonder why life is harder? And all along it’s for us to come back to moving and being in a way with our body that takes the whole into account and when we do we connect to the rhythm and flow that is there, and life becomes simpler.

    1. Well said Monica – we are certainly masters at making things really difficult for ourselves despite all the possibilities for keeping it simple and easy!

  15. What a lovely message from this blog, that in order for our bodies to fully support us, we have to be present and aware of all parts of our bodies, not doing tasks in isolation like the example given of chopping the vegetables.

  16. It makes sense that for everything to work together in harmony in the body all parts need to be connected, just like a group of people, once they connect and begin working together harmony is possible.

      1. Greg you have reminded me of how foul it feels to isolate myself from others, and that is an energetic state and not necessarily physically removing myself. We innately are connected to everyone and everything and that feels like an ease and settlement for the body – a physical feeling of being open and expanded. Oneness is so our natural way.

    1. Absolutely no cave dwelling to become enlightened in this era, as the deeper we appreciate all that we all bring the greater the awareness we get of this most divine connectivity.

      1. Thank you Greg – I appreciate your comment and the words “divine connectivity”. I have recently been pondering on brotherhood and how each of us represents an angle of God, and because of the enormity of God each person has a responsibility to the collective to represent one part, so we can know the fullness of the beauty of God through each other. Indeed, no cave is supportive, because we know God through people.

  17. Simply bringing focus and awareness to each area of the body begins to unravel any tension or unease. These articles are very supportive as they present opportunities to consider or re-consider how we are with ourselves.

  18. Interesting that when I am caught in a stressful situation or an activity that requires devoted attention, out of habit the first response is to put all my attention on the task at hand and ignore everything else including my body. Yet this blog clearly presents that such a choice actually compromises our ability to fully respond to life including what is in front of us.

  19. When I do anything without connection to my body, I feel exhausted and can easily get agitated. So it is awesome you are raising awareness of how important it is to connect to our whole body and not just one part. Most of us function throughout our day often feeling disconnected from our body and don’t even realise we are doing this.

    1. It sure is Cjames2012, and we are yet to discover the joy and ease we can feel from deeply connecting to our body instead of fighting the intelligence it offers.

  20. Treating our body as a machine to be at the beck and call of our heartless mind, is a sure fire recipe towards creating ill health sooner or later in our life.

  21. Love the two different kitchen scenarios, it makes it very simple. The connection with our bodies changes the quality of our experience..and yes ‘it actually takes less energy to be aware, present and to support ourselves.’

  22. Fact is, as you have so wisely presented, that our bodies are already divine by design as such every part of it is innately aligned to a universal order, to be as a whole, a vehicle through which our Soul can be imbued. All that is required is for us to willingly surrender to the intelligence of our bodies, so the impulse of our Soul can be embodied as it is then that we can live the potential and purpose of our return to this plane of life.

  23. It is all about energy: if we are fully present with our body when performing a task, we align the body to the Universe, to God which supplies us endless energy. The body can become tired physically, but not because it runs out on energy.

  24. I popped into a Bottle shop recently to ask for directions and this young man hobbled up to the counter so I asked him what was the matter with him, as he seemed in pain. He was in pain he told me he is a part time fireman and the night before had been scrabbling around on his knees a lot. Then in spite of his knees hurting he did a big cycle ride before coming to work where he then just sat down at his computer and so his body tightened up from all the exercise. He said he wasn’t worried about his knees because he could get some implants and then they wouldn’t hurt. This young man was quite serious he felt that it was okay to get new knees or anything else if it wore out because that is what you did now days. I couldn’t quite get my head around the fact that it seems perfectly normal for us to replace certain parts of our body without question like taking the car to the garage to get a new set of tyres. Have we reduced our selves so much that we can look upon ourselves as mere machines?

    1. Wow shocking Mary. A new trend for the future? Replace any part that is worn out? Not look why our body, our best friend is in pain? I get an image of people, half human half machine…..

  25. I am really feeling this with my feet at the moment! A part of my body that supports my whole body when I am walking it like they are saying ‘hey you need to take really good care of me .. love me loads!’

  26. Someone shared recently how when a baby is growing the cells within the body don’t argue or decide what to be e.g cell for liver, heart, brain etc they just order themselves in a unified and harmonious way working for the all. That alone is a lesson for us in how we can be with each other and our own body.

    1. Yes a lovely analogy Vicky. We each have a part to play and together we make up the body of humanity. When we appreciate this and play our part, however seemingly small, the world can remain true to the order of the Universe.

  27. When not present with our bodies we cause great harm. Anyone who has been in a daydream and hit the corner of the coffee table / any table will know this. Also when absent others around us feel lonely because we are off elsewhere even if physically present the being is like a house with the lights on but no one is home. Another form of harm. It is much more joyful for us, others and the coffee table when we are present.

  28. When we consider our body as being made up of an interconnected web – also known as the connective tissue – you realise that tension anywhere in the body has an impact on the whole. There is nothing that ‘does not matter’. For me that has been a stunning way to live because it has shown how important I am in the process because I then get to ask, ‘where is there tension in my body and why is it there?’ Simply asking the question, the tension eases because it is now in a conversation.

    1. Beautiful to feel Lucy, by simply bringing our attention to the tension it gives it a ‘voice’ and we can then bring greater awareness to ourselves. The body sure has a lot to communicate.

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