Off the Mat and Into the Marketplace by Susan Mankowski

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Body-Mind Connection in Daily Life

I first heard the term “body-mind” in the ‘70s while in the Milwaukee University dance department. I was introduced to many evolving approaches that explored the interaction between these two parts. During that time, I learned how to use the mind as a tool to discover the nuances of sensory-based states, conditions, and stored experiences in my body. These methods are currently the roadmaps for the field of somatic practice.

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Mutual Support: Cultivating a Relationship With Others by Relating to Yourself by Birthe Kaarsholm

Recently I took a few days off, and was looking forward to having some time to myself, and time for introspection to balance the outer demands of everyday life in the city.

I was standing in the kitchen. It was apparent that most of the day would be spent in cooking and getting the house ready for guests. There was a lot of resistance that manifested as tension in the body—this was not what I had envisioned! I saw there was irritation towards the people around me and it was clear I was not contributing to the atmosphere in a positive way. I was standing in front of the stove stirring the pot cooking rice pudding. The movement of stirring reminded me to connect to the body. I saw that the moment before, I had been completely caught up in thoughts and emotional reactions to what was going on in my head and not at all participating in what I was doing. As I continued to stir the pot, the aliveness of being present with this simple activity was nurturing. Then I was present in myself, and from that taste of presence, I was able to relate to the people around me more constructively. Continue reading “Mutual Support: Cultivating a Relationship With Others by Relating to Yourself by Birthe Kaarsholm”

When mind, feelings, and body work together…

There are two keys to working with Breema. The first is to move from complication towards simplicity. When you’re confused, it means you’ve made something complicated. So simplify. When there are too many things that need to be done, you don’t know what to do, and you don’t have the energy to do any of those things, because the situation looks complicated. But say, for example, when your sink is filled with dishes, you decide to wash one plate. You’ve moved towards simplicity. You shift from potential energy to kinetic energy, and your resistance disappears. The other key is to move from diversity towards unity. You are confused because you’re only thinking. You need to think and feel and relate to your sensory impressions simultaneously. When mind, feelings, and body work together, you are moving from diversity towards unity. When you become unified within yourself, you become unified with the entire Existence.

—from The Taste of Being Present by Jon Schreiber

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