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My Body Is Exquisite

July 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

My body is exquisite.  This was the focus of Thursday’s Nia practice, chosen at random.

Your body is exquisite.

Your body is exquisite all the time — not just when you feel good, happy, in love, healthy, look a certain way or are successful.  Your body is exquisite all the time.  Your body is exquisite when you feel depressed, angry, sick grief-stricken or lost.

Your body is the exquisite horse that carries you, like a Scythian lord or lady, with exquisite dedication and nobility across the exquisite steppes and mountains and streams of your life, up and down, in and out and through, sniffing the scent on the breeze and always knowing how go, when to rest, when to gallop, when to play and when to listen.  Exquisitely.






“Exquisite” is from the Latin ex + quæere, “to seek out,” related to “query,” and therefore  ”inquire,” “to seek within.”

Seek out the vast expanse of your body’s exquisiteness.  Seek within the deep pools of your your body’s exquisiteness.







Your body’s way  is exquisite.  Like a jaguar slinking in its own natural, biological way.  Like a rabbit twitching.  Like leaves rustling.  Each being moves its body’s way.

Bones, muscles, skin, beating heart, lungs, belly, brains, mitochondria, liver, hands, feet and knuckles are all exquisite.  Your biological soul is exquisite.  The Earth is exquisite.





Because in nature there is no verb “to be” you cannot actually say “My body is not exquisite.”  (That’s a joke — but it’s true.)  The verb “to be” is very convenient for bookkeeping, but not so much for living a somatic life.

Your uniqueness is exquisite.  And it manifests in your exquisite body of 75 trillion exquisite cells — which is the Earth.  Seek it out.










Tags: Etymology · Nia Class Focus · Ongoing Nia Classes

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jill Campana // Jul 4, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Hi Rachael, beautiful blog from a beautiful woman.

  • 2 Richard Seidman // Jul 4, 2010 at 7:11 am

    What a great reminder. Actually, I never looked at my body this way, so it’s not a reminder as much as a revelation. Thank you, Rachael. Your blog is exquisite, as are you!

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