It all began with podcasts.
I'm not crazy about many technical innovations of the last 20 years. The passion many share to impart every waking thought on TWITTER or FACEBOOK defies my understanding. Even less comprehensible are those who follow these dispatches with the obsessiveness of meth addicts.
Today's lunch order from Arby's or your deep insight into last night's Gossip Girls are subjects best discussed in person or by phone with the very select few who share your love of the inconsequential. Please don't proclaim them to the e-world at large like they're proverbs from Ecclesiastes. The web has more important uses - like the self-promotion of blogs.
The session begins with a drawn-out Om-like tone followed by a deep, soothing voice that makes Hal the computer from2001sound like Jackie Mason.
"The body is our subconscious mind containing all of our memories. . . Tune into your body. See if there's an area that is calling for your attention. Bring your awareness to this place. Now, in your mind, ask your body what it is trying to tell you. "1
Despite my skepticism, I figured I could use some help with a mental quirk or two, and talking to myself was bound to be cheaper than going to a shrink. My attempts at intra-corporealcommunication ran into problems from the start.
What is the proper protocol for addressing the parts of one's body?It seems to me that having shared the same space for almost sixty years, we should be on a first-name basis.
"I say, my dear hamstring, what seems to be the problem?"
However, since I've never actually conversed with them before, more formality might be proper. Maybe I should use the third person.
"Would the esteemed ascending colon be so kind as to inform me of its grievances?"
For the sake of argument, let's assume that language isn't a barrier. Why should I believe that my various parts want to help me?Given my disregard for their well-being over the years, I think it's likely they have more complaints about my behavior than concern for my psychological health. Am I truly prepared to be called on the carpet by my guts?
How about this from my upper GI tract: