Let’s get physical, physical/I wanna get physical/Let’s get into physical/Let me hear your body talk/Your body talk/Let me hear your body talk.”
— Olivia Newton-John
Physicality is an important facet of who we are. We often say there’s nothing more important than our physical well-being, something to which we pay tribute with our annual physical.
What makes us physical is the Greek Physis — a principle that describes the progressive change a subject undergoes in its development towards a particular end — for example, the acorn developing into an oak tree. It’s that special path towards fulfillment of individual destiny that every living thing is destined to take.
Physis is also a “healing power,” the self-adjusting force within the subject, that which keeps it in balance as it moves down its pre-ordained path. We need only tap into it and trust it. As pointed out by the Greek physician Hippocrates: “It is nature that finds the way… though untaught and uninstructed, it does what is proper… to preserve perfect equilibrium and to re-establish order and harmony.”