An interesting conversation goes on in my mind — whether the world has inherent momentum, like destiny, or whether by our movements we turn the hamster wheel. Whether we’re being pushed or we are a part of the pushing. In the Bhagavad Gita there is a phrase that says, in essence, no effort is ever lost; by our effort and action we uphold the world.
Did you know, that your bones don’t actually touch? They touch by proxy and are held in a connective matrix of soft tissue. In anatomy, soft tissues include things like tendons, ligaments, fascia, synovial membranes, muscles, nerves, fat, blood vessels and more. So if the bones are not fused together, then what keeps us upright?
Simply put: “Hunting and gathering was humanity's first and most successful adaptation, occupying at least 90 percent of human history.” - wikipedia. In an existence of about 200,000 years, up until about 10,000 years ago, this is how our species lived. What we can draw from this simple factoid is that our life as “cultured beings” is minimal and new, in the face of the larger context of our history.
Your body is a complex living organism. It is a layered system of self-organizing cells and organs. Your body is responsive to the external environment and the many pressures and stimuli the world exerts on us, all the time. To do Life Work, the study of this vehicle is no less than absolutely necessary.