The memory of your body

As a person you live things that become part of the past. But is your body involved in keeping that memory? Mark Rowland –philosopher–, says it does, and also that once a situation occurs it remains recorded and stored in your body, becoming part of you.

This type of body memory is unconscious. It is there but you do not see it, and it can have both physical components – corporal and behavioral – and emotional – mood and feelings – and they remain in your body even after what happened to you is lost and you don’t even remember it anymore consciously.

This memory of the body prompts you to do certain things in certain ways, in certain circumstances, and at the same time they make you tune in to things in the world that are related to them. That is, they make you see some characteristics of things instead of others.

It is not the normal memory, not the everyday memory.

The memory of your body is not the same type of memory that you would usually expect. It is difficult to identify because It’s implicit and have nothing to do with “muscle memory”, or with remembering “how to do things”, as when you drive and your legs move almost automatically.

The memory of your body relates you concretely and significantly to your past and that is why it can help you understand who you are in the face of complex circumstances in which you lose the north – be it punctual like an accident or continuous like the stress that you live daily.

The memory of your body helps you to have your own style of being because it is established as a guide of who you are even though it is involuntary. You do not “choose” it but it is there, hidden, and it comes out when unwittingly because it is not associated with any intention and therefore not related to things that can be found or achieved, but it is there to tell you if whatever you are doing causes you joy or not.

The memory of your body is what puts your signature, your own mark in memory. It is that memory that gives a sense of continuity to things because you are always present in them. Your body is in each and every one of the memories that make up your memories.

David Flores.


Este es un comentario del artículo “La memoria y el yo: memoria rilkeana” de Mark Rowland aparecido en “The Brains Blog” el 15 de noviembre de 2016.