Maeve Louise Heaney

Merging Music and Theology

Consolation of/in the Body?

January 29, 2013

January 29th, 2013 I have only recently started running. consolation And I am still a beginner – I avoid hills and run, following the alleged advice of Eamonn Coughlin “as slow as I can for as long as I can”. But it feels great. There is something about ‘feeling’ life through my body as my feet hit the ground and the cold air my face...I love it! I still need to push myself into that first step of making time, changing clothes to face the cold... but I love it! It is a physical –spiritual practice and place of discovery for me. And it makes me think – there is a sort of ‘consolation of and in the body’, right? A sense, somehow, ‘without previous cause’ of God’s presence in and through stretched muscles and flesh moving to a rhythm marked from within and without. And it makes me wonder if there could not be a “discernment (also) through the body” as well – that when we face important decisions (or daily ones), does God not also allow us sense in how we feel about ourselves in-our-body-in-the-world, what could be right? And I know discernment implies a lot of other elements and aspects, but perhaps this one has been overlooked? The joy of the flesh that God really wanted to come to visit... Jn 1:14.

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