Scholars of embodiment who have some type of corporeal practice have worked with language to find a way to describe what it is that they are experiencing and how it is different from their standard mode of sensing and perceiving when they are engaging in other forms of thinking. William Poteat, a Polanyian scholar, described his process as "indwelling" - a phenomenological reflective process that involved a descent into Jamesian primal experience.
This article describes Poteat's findings:
You will receive other articles under separate cover, but this article is terrific. Please read it in preparation for our work next week
The Embodied Methodologies Working Group suggested several writers whose work may be helpful or illuminating (or both).....
Gesture People (Michael Thomas Sella; David McNeal; Charles Goodwin)
Sensing, Feeling, Action - Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of BodyMind Centering
Max von Manen
Patricia Benner (Nursing)
In embodied inquiry, there should be the embodied practice - in our case it is Body-Mind Centering-based work. But there should also be readings that support the somatic elements. Readings to support the development of embodied methodologies should:
* Provide a basic overview of what embodiment is and what embodied practice is
* Demonstrate how people study embodiment
* Offer a clear connection between what we are reading and what we are 'doing' embodiment-wise
These are books that have been recommended by our scholar collaborator and Body-Mind Centering expert, Margie Fargnoli:
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (Tortor, Anagnostakos)
The Molecular Biology of the Cell
Anatomy and Human Movement
Medical Embryology (Langman)
Ontogenetic Basis of Human Anatomy
What's Going On In There?
Proust and Neuroscience
Life (Lanhart Nilsson)
From Conception to Birth (Alexander Tasiarias)
A Guided Tour of the Living Cell (Scientific American series)
Sensitive Chaos (Schwartz)
Clinical Kinesiology (Lehmkuhl and Smith)
Principles of Neuroscience
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Jean Ayres)
Reflexive Learning and Behavior (Sally Goddard)
Joint Structure and Function: A Complex Analysis
by Maggi Adamek
This is a wonderful article that demonstrates how somatics can be integrated into scholarly methodologies and can influence a discipline....
Here is the article we used as the basis for our first embodiment workshop....