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O, The Oprah Magazine: As a culture, we're obsessed with our bodies, but you make the case that we're strangely out of touch with them.

Tara Brach: We spend a lot of time evaluating, judging, commenting on, and making plans for our bodies—all of which, paradoxically, takes us away from the body. Look at your hand: Turn it, see where the skin is creased or wrinkled, think of what that hand has been through in your life. Then close your eyes and feel the hand from the inside out—the tingling or vibrating. There's a difference between any notion of the hand and the actual living hand—that's what most of us are missing.