Keeping Body and Soul Together

Walt Whitman wrote in Leaves of Grass, I swear to you that body of yours gives proportions to your soul…(391).” How do we keep our body and our soul together in a culture that tends to prioritize the “head,” while discounting the body and its wisdom? Our spiritual life and our aspirations for social change include understanding how our bodies carry both the capacities for personal and societal pain as well as the possibility of healing and resilience. Resmaa Menakem, in his groundbreaking book, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathways to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, helps us to explore the “wordless stories” that we’ve embodied—and that await our discovery.