It’s no secret that we’re big fans of all bodies and embodiment and in this episode we discuss the intersection of bodies and spirituality. We both have had personal experiences with shame and disconnection from our bodies, particularly in relation to gender identity. Fr. Shay talks about how transitioning helped him become more aware of and connected to his body and also helped him explore the concept of ‘embodied spirituality’ in Catholicism where there is emphasis on taking care of the body as it ages. We want to emphasize by having this conversation the need for self-care and the belief that the body is WORTHY of care.
- Shame and disconnection from the body can be common experiences, particularly for queer individuals who have been taught to despise their bodies.
- Transitioning can be a transformative experience that helps individuals become more aware of and connected to their bodies.
- Embodied spirituality is an important aspect of Catholicism, with rituals and practices that involve the physical body.
- Taking care of the body is essential, especially as it ages, and it is important to recognize that the body is worthy of care.
- Starting small and building confidence in caring for the body can open up possibilities for self-discovery and self-acceptance.
(01:01) Shame and Disconnection from the Body
(03:23) Transitioning and Reconnecting with the Body
(05:20) Embodied Spirituality in Catholicism
(06:28) Using the Body in Spiritual Practices
(08:21) Taking Care of the Body and Aging
(11:06) The Importance of Self-Care and Worthiness
(13:22) Viewing the Body as a Temple
(15:20) Creating Rituals for the Body
(17:20) Starting Small and Building Confidence
(22:05) Opening Up Possibilities through Small Steps
(23:18) Invitation to join Soulful Sexuality
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- Join the Sanctuary Collective Community
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