Dominant views in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science have considered the body as peripheral to understanding the nature of mind and cognition. Proponents of embodied cognitive science view this as a serious mistake. The nature of the dependence of cognition on the body opens new ways to conceptualize and explore cognitive processes.
Thought then is simulation and we simulate with our cortical representations of our senses and our bodies. When you hear or read the English languageEnglish language, your brain takes that meaning and converts it into sensations and experiences. That is how it is able to understand them.