Three weeks ago, I started exploring finding sacred space in our bodies. I took a brief look at the need for sacred space because of the large influence of Western Christianity on our society and the world. Additionally, the groundwork was laid for a holistic view of our bodies as sexual beings and the unity of being.
Today, the below video points to the issue of the elderly and body liberation. The team who created this, myself, Denise Ritthaler, and Bjorn Peterson, used scripture, quotes, images, factoids, and music to make the point for healing our body image and considering our bodies sacred space.
Again, what’s theology got to do with it?
- Body/Spirit dualism allows objectification (Kelly Brown Douglas)
- Objectification leads to disembodiment in the sense of our body as unholy other
- When we are disembodied, we can no longer connect to creation (Sally McFague)
- When we are disembodied, we can no longer connect to the other (Mayra Rivera)
- When we are disembodied, we can no longer connect to the other within our self (extrapolated from Mayra Rivera)
- We can neither connect to immanence nor transcendence
Without immanence (experiencing our bodies) or
transcendence (experiencing the other),
we lose our sense of sacred.
And we become a befuddled mess. I hope that by experiencing the beauty and wisdom of aging presented here, you will rebel against popular imagery and embrace the holistic sense of the life cycle.
Can I get an Amen?
References are here.