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Bodyfulness

Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, and Waking Up in This Life
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
November, 2018
ISBN:
9781611805109
In stock now: 
3
$25.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Breathing, sensing, and moving—the ways we know our body—carry tremendous contemplative potential, and yet, we so often move through our days unaware of or in conflict with our physical selves. In Bodyfulness, renowned somatic counselor Christine Caldwell offers a practical guide for living an embodied contemplative life, embracing whatever body we are in. Each chapter offers insights and practices that help us recover our lost physical wisdom—to integrate our bodies with mindfulness, to deal with emotions, and to develop attuned relationships. Bodyfulness inspires us to reclaim a body-centered contemplative life and challenges us to harness our potential to effect social and personal transformation in this body now.

This book for contemplative practitioners and people in the helping professions introduces the importance of somatic awareness, physical self-reflection, and conscious movement practices as a companion to sitting practice.

Both theoretical and practical, Bodyfulness will educate the reader about the body's role in consciousness, emotional maturity, connection to others, personal and social transformation, and spirituality. Chapter by chapter, the reader will be introduced to practices that help recover lost physical wisdom of sensation, breath, and movement. Most importantly, Bodyfulness will assist the reader in reclaiming a body-centered contemplative life, one that values both sensation and thought equally, as well as celebrating their interconnected nature.

“This beautifully organized and superbly informative book is a road map for an intimate and deep exploration of what it truly means to be a ‘bodyful’ being." —Ann Weiser Cornell, author of The Power of Focusing

Bodyfulness is at once a hands-on manual suitable for beginners, a rich resource for somatically-oriented trainers and counselors, and a heartfelt call for humanity to wake up to the untapped resources our bodies hold for living more fulfilling, wise, and ethical lives. I fell in love with this book.  —from the foreword by David I. Rome, author of Your Body Knows the Answer

Christine Caldwell was core faculty at Naropa University for 30 years. Also by her are Getting Our Bodies Back and Oppression and the Body.

Publisher’s Description: 

As a foundation for a contemplative life, the body can both literally and metaphorically help us wake up.

A book for contemplative practitioners and people in the helping professions that introduces the importance of somatic awareness, physical self-reflection, and conscious movement practices as a companion to sitting practice. Harnessing both the literal and metaphorical contemplative potency of the principles such as oscillation and balance, which govern the functioning and systems of the body, Bodyfulness provides practical guidance for living an embodied contemplative life. Both theoretical and practical, it will educate the reader about the body's role in consciousness, emotional maturity, connection to others, personal and social transformation, and spirituality. Chapter by chapter, the reader will be introduced to practices that help recover lost physical wisdom of sensation, breath, and movement. Most importantly, Bodyfulness will assist the reader in reclaiming a body-centered contemplative life, one that values both sensation and thought equally, as well as celebrating their interconnected nature.

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