This week I participated in/ watched a human dissection of the central nervous system. It’s the first time that I’ve been a part of anything like this and I wasn’t sure what to expect. For the first 90 minutes, the skull remained intact, but the spinal cord and pelvis were already exposed. When they started to remove the cranium in order to show the brain, I admit to being slightly wary about how I might respond.
Talking to my husband later on in the day, I could only describe the experience as spiritual. The body is amazing. I have literally no words to describe how incredible it is. I know that I have mentioned this before, but if you are ever beating up on yourself about how your body should look, or you wish that you were more this and more that, don’t look to the self-help guides for reassurance; look to science.
Read a bit about how the brain works, how signals are transported through your body. The myelin that wraps around the nerves, the incredible bony structure of the face and head. All the universes in our body that mobilise and allow us to be in life.
I’ve spent a good portion of my life twisting and contorting my body and wishing it was something different. But the more I truly study the body, the more reverence I have for it. It’s a world of normalized miracles.