22 thoughts on “Where Language and Embodiment Come Together”

    1. Thanks, Ray. If you’re looking at one of my books, I always suggest that people start with Radical Wholeness, as I’ve been told it’s an easier read. And both of my books are also available as audio books, as well – narrated by me. I look forward to your encounter with one or the other of them!

      1. There is something you embody as you soeak in this video and all you materias, which to me, also soeak to the question of the intersection between language and embidiment. It is the ability to turn that feeling of birthing ideas from your body’s minds into words, from a place of service which translate into authenticity. When language and body are aligned we sense authenticity and confidence. When they are not it creates a dishaemony we react to with our own assumptions about what the disharmony implies. And words are birthed from a felt sentiment in the body….I say this because so many of us seek to influence and this intersection, is so clear when you speak, yet hard to access when we have not been trained. Thank you for embodying your language😊

        1. Hey, Eleonora, thanks for your gracious comment, and apologies from my end for being so slow to reply. I’ve been writing furiously, racing a publishing deadline, and have lately been lost to the world. But I’m catching up now (deadline met!), and wanted to express my appreciation for these sentiments. Warmest regards …

  1. thank you so much Philip. i struggle to keep my mind and body integrated. That’s one reason i’m a dancer! I find words to be a challenge. I love ideas, often disembodied. i get so excited by my ideas. But it’s often very mental.
    I love the thought of challenging myself to speak with more embodiment, and thank you for reminding me of Shakespeare’s embodied text.

    1. Hey, John, it’s great to hear from you, and thanks for your comment. I’ve found it a challenging and wonderful journey – to allow embodied awareness to be the foundation of my speaking.

  2. Great to experience you on this topic Philip! Made me think of the one week Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice workshop we did at Stella Adler in NYC with Kristin Linklater where the difference between performing our monologues at the beginning and end of the week was extreme. It was as if I truly lived language for the very first time and it was exquisite…and I experienced Shakespeare’s power. Oh to live every day with those rich feelings of being alive on every level! Your work also like that 😊 Next week it will be one year since your workshop in Bello…look forward to your next visit! 🙏

    1. Hey, Lee, it’s a treat to hear from you. You had a week with Kristin Linklater? What a very special experience. I have sweet memories of that workshop in Bello a year ago, and dream of coming back whenever it becomes possible. Much love in the meantime.

  3. Johanna Lundstrom

    Thank you Philip. This topic resonates deeply with me. I feel words being so limiting. My feeling is that I feel so much more than words could ever describe. Putting words on my felt sense, on my embodied awareness, feels limiting to me. I am practicing though, and I find that the more I slow down the more space I allow for the words to birth in my body. Nevertheless, it is not without challenge. I feel like there is so much to express, and I get excited and then the tempo speeds up, and I sometimes then loose the embodied awareness and it becomes more mental again. Or, at other times I feel like I almost move into a trance while talking. Words just come, and if someone would ask me afterwards to repeat what I just said, I couldn’t. It’s almost like a channelled message coming through.
    In any case, it’s a fascinating topic that I continue exploring. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on it. I appreciate it. With love, Johanna

    1. I know just what you mean, Johanna, about needing sometimes to slow down. It’s especially hard when we’ve been so thoroughly trained not to allow any empty space to appear in our conversation. In my experience, though, when the body is present, the space is never empty. Thanks for this, and very best wishes!

  4. The heart of the God-self
    in not filled with judgmental intrigues
    and cataclysmic reckonings…
    vindictive Black Holes or marauding asteroids …
    Covids, cancers and catch me a monkey’s…

    The expression of its desires…
    aspirations (breath)…
    and hopes…
    are all just the turbulence
    born of the lovemaking
    that would gladly task
    the vial from Romeo’s lips
    the dagger from Juliet’s heart…

    The God-self’s prayer
    that is us…
    in a hope to know beauty,
    awakens us all
    for it is only a play…

    1. Thanks for this gem, Jesse, and my apologies for being so slow to acknowledge it. I’ve been writing myself, racing a publishing deadline, and am only now beginning to catch up on other things. Very best wishes!

      1. Catriona Mitchell

        YES PLEASE – I would be happy to help facilitate your visit to Australia if you need anything! (I’m based in Castlemaine, a small artistic town near Melbourne).

  5. Well, let’s plan on it, Catriona. I know we’ll be coming back, and Castlemaine sounds wonderful. When I’ve got a sense of what the timing might be I’ll get back in touch. Warm regards in the meantime!

    1. I wouldn’t dream of coming to Australia without including a trip to New Zealand, Jane! I’ve been to both twice, and frankly can’t wait to return. At this point I just don’t know when that will be possible. Soon, soon, I hope ….

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