I just found a quote that sums up the ineffable feeling I’ve had of late – of how thoughts that I thought I knew or believed, or really wanted to believe, weren’t really real for me until now. Now I feel it in my body, and so I know I know. It isn’t faith or a dream or wishful thinking. I know in a way that has nothing at all to do with thinking.
In what feels like a telephone line through time (which I think is a lyric from an Indigo Girls’ song) I found the quote in an article on Brainpickings.org, which is quoting a book by Brene Brown, where she is quoting an ancient culture. The Asaro tribe of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has a beautiful saying:
“Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.”
Knowledge lives in the muscle. It is so clear. So concise. So fucking true.