I had polio when I was a kid. Last year it was colorectal cancer. I’m myopic. Three ear surgeries pulled me out of deafness. My senses of taste and smell have vanished. I know what you’re thinking. I’m thinking it too: I’m glad I’m not the body.
If I am full of fear, I do not know myself. Not knowing myself, I become identified with my body, focussed on how to protect it, pleasure it and prolong its existence. So deep is my ignorance that I don’t even know I’m afraid.
The gist of James Nestor’s new book Breath is that we breathe too much, too fast and that mouth breathing wrecks the body. He also takes a deep dive on posture. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has been warned that he’ll die a premature death if he doesn’t figure out how to carry his head.