Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Tenets of Somatics: Body, Mind, Spirit Integration

The tenets of somatics can be summarized as follows:

· Vitality, in the form of energy currents, flows through every body; when that vitality is fully realized we experience a natural state of health and well being. If our vital energy becomes clogged or blocked we experience disease.

· Somatic exercises, principally concentration or attention, strengthen the body, charge the spirit and relax the mind.

· A relaxed mind is interested and engaged in the present moment, with a tender attention to subtle change—not just differences in the body, the ebb and flow of emotions or fleeting thoughts, but to the laws of change that govern life and the world we live in.

· The primary goal of somatics is the union of body, mind and spirit: to achieve harmony outside oneself by finding harmony within.

The idea that the body itself had value—alone or in concert with the mind—resurfaced in the 20th Century. In particular, the relatively recent blending of Western psychology and medicine with Asian philosophies dramatically shifted the way we viewed and experienced our bodies. In traditional Western thought, the connection between body and mind was “psychosomatic,” which referred to health problems caused by distress or other manifestations from the mind (it’s all in your head). Many Asian cultures, on the contrary, saw the body as the very foundation of health and spiritual life.

Love your way,

Alan Davidson, founder of
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