I am a student of my body.
I listen, I feel, I shift,
I wait, I explore, I question.
Since I am a student of my own body,
I shall not presume to know yours.
I’ve been thinking about how understanding functional anatomy is not the same as understanding bodies. We learn anatomy to hold an informed space–not to simply fill space with information. Bodies are complex meetings of our physical, psychological, energetic, and spiritual selves. As a voice teacher, understanding how the lungs function is not the same as knowing how and to what purpose all bodies breathe. Comprehending acoustic science is not the same as knowing how sound feels as it travels through every body. Telling someone “how it works” does not give us permission to presume how it feels or should feel. Bodies are diverse lived and living experiences. Let us take care that our use of anatomical knowledge dignifies singing bodies.