WTH? Body Integration (#reverb10)

Seriously, #reverb10 gals? A “wellness consultant” asking us to write about “body integration” was the best you could come up with for today? Just ugh.

Today’s post reminded me once again of what I dislike the most about this whole #reverb10 project — namely, the unacknowledged privilege that permeates the whole thing. Today’s prompt, for example, quietly assumes that the writer is able-bodied, fed, clothed, and generally living a life that allows for the body to be well taken care of. That simply is not reality for a large number of people on this planet.

And yes, I get that participating in this is voluntary, that I too am privileged if I’ve got the leisure time, internet access, and equipment that is necessary to participate. But I had hoped that the prompts would be written in a way that would go beyond individual New Agey self help — that in reflecting and manifesting, we would think about the larger world, our role in it, and our obligation to make it a better place. Unfortunately, that has not yet happened.

I’m glad I’m not the only one to feel this way. Check out what The Heartful Blogger and Sharon Gerald had to say about today’s prompt.

Note: This is my twelfth post for #reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. Today’s prompt is: “Body integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?”

6 thoughts on “WTH? Body Integration (#reverb10)

    • Yes, this one was harder than usual (I still can’t believe Kristen and I are doing this). I’m glad there were other folks bitching about it. I was starting to think I’m just cranky 😉

      • Well, of course, you might also be cranky, but this was a particularly horrid prompt. I pretty much ignored it altogether and just wrote what I wanted to ;-).

  1. Thanks for the mention, and also the very good point about privilege that I hadn’t picked up on. It’s also good to know there are other people out there who aren’t being taken in by the saccharine-laced underhand marketing campaign for self-appointed new age “consultants”, though it saddens me to think that there are lots more people who are.

    • The marketing piece is a point I hadn’t thought of, but I suppose this is a way to drive traffic to those sites, eh? We cynical folk have to stick together!

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