Embodiment for nerds

When we chilled in a nerdy company, photo by Krzyś Niemkiewicz.
Taken on a Californian desert — credits go to Marta Cz-C, a single exposure.

My story

Before

Waterfalls in Yosemite and Oregon.

The fountain

This person, this fountain.

Free improv

  • Without a script (you think: OK, I get it, improv theatre)
  • Without words (you think: mime improv theatre?)
  • Without an audience, including other participants or ourselves (you think: WHAT?)
  • Being in the moment, spontaneous, in contact with your emotions.
  • Not judging — others or oneself.
  • Not having goals, plans, or expectations.
  • Not trying to be or do things in a smart, beautiful, inspiring way — or other ways to impress others or oneself.
  • Experiencing a lot of passionate sex.
  • Touching surfaces with my back (touching with palms make a fine division between “me” and “the world”).
  • Getting massages often.

Things that followed

Lovembal in Poznań — credits go to Marianna Łakomy.

Now

Chilling in hot.
Lucjan doing wonders with an oak venik— photo by Krzyś Niemkiewicz.

Lessons and takeaways

Nerds build castles from books as a means of self-protection

The mind-body dichotomy is a lie

Words imprison

Soft contact with one’s body

A shell protects against all experiences — bad and good alike

  • The emotional freeze is numbness, which when left to itself can collapse into depression.
  • The emotional flight is a number of dismissive approaches — distancing oneself with humor or escaping into cold rationalism.
  • The emotional fight is all struggle and frustration that the world is not as it ought to be.

Male socialization takes its toll

You don’t need to give up your nerd card

It is fine to start from the beginning

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

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PhD in quantum physics, deep learning & data viz specialist. Founder at Quantum Flytrap. https://p.migdal.pl/ / https://quantumflytrap.com/

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