Embodiment at work
Back to the Body – Be embodied, be you!
To be and not to be… embodied?
To let the soul shine through the body for a wholesome being. Embodiment is important for happiness, health and success. It’s about the interplay of your body, soul and environment. Generally, the word embodiment explains how an idea or a feeling, even a quality, can be expressed tangibly, physically. A subjective thing made objective, something that’s abstract made physical. But in psychosomatic science, i.e. the science that deals with the interaction between and within mind and body, embodiment theory explains how bodily experiences play in fact a vital and very early role in information processing that normally is accredited to the mind or cognition alone. An example of this is social behaviour, which is greatly influenced by physical presence; gestures, movements, and facial expression that normally are not processed consciously but rather automatically and unconsciously.
You know, that subconscious sensory information that tells you so much about people or decisions or anything, completely without words. Some might call it body wisdom…
Be authentic, be true
Perhaps not surprisingly, being embodied is highly interwoven with the state of being authentic. When you feel like yourself, connected to your core, your values, when you feel you are at the right place at the right time… In the work environment, authenticity is when people are self-determined and free when they lead out tasks and identify with the roles or positions they hold in the workplace.
It’s when you feel true in what you do.
This pleasant state interestingly fuels intrinsic motivation, the inner force that engages people in their work and passions wholeheartedly with more power and long-term performance than any extrinsic motivation or paycheck could do.
We at MOVAMIN see being embodied and authentic at work definitely worthwhile. It’s practically a happiness-inspiring habit and a feedback loop for success!
Engage your core for truth
So, being embodied in your body makes it easier for you to reach that authentic state of being. And at work, this means you’ll find yourself more easily in the flow of things, you’ll be in your best shape and rock it!
The last century movement analysis innovators and creative thinkers Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff would call this shape-flow-support; a shape change, self-motivated, of the individual’s internal kinesphere supported by breath. Generally speaking, it’s a pleasant state where we do things from the core (subjectively and objectively speaking), from the middle of the body, activating the solar plexus and its hidden personal power with it! Think about it next time you feel embodied, authentic – in your zone – , and just notice how your body is responding to that with sensations and reactions.
Try this MOVAMIN for core engagement:
Stand up, feet seemingly wide apart.
Starting with hands resting on the left knee, draw a rainbow in the air with your hands, landing on the right knee.
Repeat from right knee to the left, and again. Try jumping from side to side.
As you touch your knee and bend it, let your breath fall out and the body shrink.
As you draw the rainbow next time, freely let your lungs fill and you might wanna stretch your fingers. Let the movement grow upwards and out.
Notice the pattern of the movement in your whole body.
Sense it… Breathe…
The whole > The sum of its parts
We at MOVAMIN want to inspire a movement of work ethics that include the body, mind and social being of the worker in the workplace’s health policy, and this we do through the use of technology. We want to go back to the body for mental-, physical-, and social health at the office, bringing little but effective habits in the everyday-workday in front of the screen.
It’s about the gestalt of the worker and the life of the workplace, healing and/or preventing displeasure for more success and wellbeing. Getting people to be more embodied and in sync with their physical and social environments through better work habits. As the philosopher Merleau-Ponty wrote:
“Habit expresses the power we have of dilating our being in the world, or of altering our existence through incorporating new instruments”.
We are right now in development – but if you are an executive of wellness or just somebody with a heart that beats for staff-wellbeing and you notice and like us – then feel free to contact us already!