Poem: Matter Over Mind

Matter over mind?

Or mind over matter?

I am energised by the first,

I am enervated by the latter!

All this thinking wears my insides out

The joy of thought grows thin,

I think I’ll try another way

And let the outside in.


A body of knowledge

Can trump and lift the soul

Breaking despair’s spell

And making us more whole…

Well, at least with the body’s help

The journey can begin

To triumph over darker moods

And let some sunshine in.


Assume the position:

Lift up your hands,

Lift up your chin and eyes;

Let the body lead

Where the soul should follow:

Prepare to be surprised!

For the mind’s rehearsed

Each gesture’s meaning

It interprets your body’s speech;

So if you move

As if you’re joyful

That joy‘s within your reach.


Your soma remembers the golden times

Your muscles recall the story

So when you mirror that mnemonic posture

Your mind will return to glory!





Poet’s Note.

I’ve taught for years that changing one’s physical position necessarily transforms one’s mental ‘position’.  This is irresistible since other neural pathways are automatically triggered when we change our body language.  More than this, though, there is a body of teaching that encourages us to act ‘as if’.  Today I saw that in terms of a kinaethetic memory.  Mind and body are one system.  If you feel low, your body knows what that should look like and so it assumes the correct stance!  Changing your stance (physically) works the other way too, matter over mind, where you will change your mental stance in the metamorphic mirror of the dance of mind and matter.


2 thoughts on “Poem: Matter Over Mind

  1. Hi, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and words. They are so touching. I so agree with your note about physical position affecting our mental position. This very idea has helped me overcome so much! You mention that you teach; I’m interested, what do you teach? I found the link to your site through Moodscope by the way! Nicky

    • Hello Nicky
      I was looking at your site last night and really enjoying how you were sharing your poems.
      Most of my career has been spent training. Here’s a link to the “In House” programmes that I’d typically deliver for companies.
      I think the future for me will see a lot more coaching. Training is wonderful, but coaching is real engagement for transformation.
      Let’s engage.

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