“Animals are so much more empathic than humans. They feel everything and they’re with you, but not because they expect to get anything… it’s just the most primal form of nurture … a way of release and interaction” says Nai Palm…
Lately I’ve been thinking, not just with my conscious mind, but with my whole mind-body matrix thing. I’m realising that for humans to learn to be more empathic towards the earth, animals and each other – we need to heal the mind-body split within our own bundle of cells/skin/soul/bones and to expand our sensorial connectedness, developing the ability to sense each other rather than constantly make ideas about each other.
MUCH LIKE THIS FELLA IS DOING HERE … MAN COMFORTS GORILLA WHO JUST LOST HIS MOM
This requires a wider, deeper understanding of how communication occurs and what consciousness is (see my earlier thoughts here), in order to appreciate and utilise the many forms of knowing available to us. There’s so much going on at a subtle level, and I believe that we need to cultivate the skills to listen to it.
Check out this dude and his Chimpanzee work, for a practical example of the kind of sensorial development that I’m talking about. After spending two months volunteering in a sanctuary in Cameroon, he created a ‘movement-based workshop exploring trans-species kinship with our closest relatives’. Check out his blog here for more info.
PS. Body-based healing practices and dancing are both pragmatic and useful! So there… and logic and ‘rational’ thought aren’t always the best way to respond (Just sayin’ yo).
PPS. I want to be the kind of artist that the Chimp workshop guy is – grounding my practice in the wider world, the ‘real’ world actually. Facilitating experiences where change might happen, through this deeper understanding of the relevance of movement/dance/whatever ya wanna call it. This is the point at which language starts to break down. My increasing sensitivity to this stuff makes it harder and harder to label, separate and symbolise.
PPPS. I love nai palm !!!!!!!!!