The study of the human body can yield practical and profound wisdoms to be passed on to the young. For starters – getting to know the body, understanding how it works, good nutrition and fitness applies to everybody, every body. How we demonstrate and encourage healthy eating habits, physical fitness and self-view is important. More important still is how we actually think about our bodies in the greater context of being human!
Children are amazing! They have a natural ease, acceptance and appreciation of their bodies (unless of course, they’ve been taught otherwise). Children live inside the natural can do confidence that comes with the model. On top of that, they want to know how it works from the inside out. What happens to our food after we stick it in our mouth? Why do we fart? Why is blood red? How many times does the heart beat in a day? What makes us sick? What makes us better? And of course, there is the insatiable, natural curiosity surrounding the fact of two genders! To effectively demonstrate the biology, mechanics and chemistry of the body in a way that ‘hits home’ with children helps to foster their sense of self responsibility and empowerment.
The ‘western’ medical paradigm and accompanying pharmaceutical industry capitalize on the lack of education, response-ability and empowerment of the general public. This is NOT a sustainable model for generations to come. To benefit by people’s ignorance and accompanying fears is not a sustainable 21st century mindset.
It is our job as parents and educators to equip the young with the tools they need to live as fully, creatively and purposefully as possible. So we teach the human body with this in mind. If we all become more responsible and in charge of our physical health, then the premise and core principles of practical medicine will have to change to follow suit. The cart has been leading the horse long enough!
The whole ‘Human Body School’ curriculum aims to serve as a starter catalyst to encourage the natural intelligence we all were born with regarding the care of the human body. The advances made by medical science are meant to serve the human regenerative capacity, not replace it! The ‘Human Body Operator’s Manual’ is built in to the design. This is not a radical new age idea. It is as old as the indigenous planetary wisdoms that have survived the millennia, and hopefully will prevail over the artificial and invasive mindset predominant in 19th and 20th century medicine. Remember, we are talking about responsibility and empowerment. Medical science has an important and valuable place in the context of a new paradigm. There is a brilliant marriage possible between the ‘red and the blue’; the analytical and the intuitive, the systematic and the holographic, the left brain and the right, the masculine and the feminine approach … Together, we are much, much better and can attract new intelligence! Besides, you can’t fix a broken leg with an herbal remedy. And we need the technological advances made in modern medicine to understand the human genome, for example. But not to mess with our genetics! That is where it goes too far.
So… teaching ‘the human body’ is a big deal!
Empowerment comes with knowledge. Responsibility comes with understanding. Understanding requires experience. So let’s start by giving practical integrative experience incorporating the many arts of learning so that the first 21st century generation can help our planet and thus our bodies…to be well!