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Bodyfulness: somatic practices for presence, empowerment, and waking up in this life
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christine Caldwell, PhD, is a retired full professor from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she was a core faculty member for over 30 years. She was founder of the Somatic Counseling program in the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology. She has worked as a psychotherapist for over 40 years and has been an advanced student of Thich Nhat Hanh's for over 25 years. Christine runs professional trainings both in the US and internationally. She is currently scheduling trainings in Korea, Germany, Denmark, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, and Esalen.