Body: Recovering Our Sensual Wisdom

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North Atlantic Books, 1992 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 238 pages
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Body: Recovering Our Sensual Wisdom outlines a plan for reclaiming unity among our body movements, senses, and thought processes. It describes how we are pressured to mold ourselves to fit others' needs by attitudes fostered in religions, schools, the workplace, and the military. It gives special attention to how gender ideals shape us. Interweaving personal experiences, anatomical analyses, and the stories of men and women from various walks of life, the book explores how the mind/body split, concretized in our social institutions, coaxes us to distrust what our own senses tell us. In marked contrast to the individualistic aura of books in a similar vein, this book argues that individual awareness alone is not enough to correct the social scars left by mind-body dualisms. Real change can only come about when we join together to alter the shapes of our social body: schools, churches, political organizations, businesses, and health-care practices. Throughout the book, there are practical yet sensitive exercises offered for bringing about a reunion of abstract ideas and flesh, a recovery of our forgotten genius embedded in the cells of our bodies.
 

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Contents

SHRINKING BEFORE AUTHORITIES
1
A LOSS OF SENSE
15
MY BODY MY POINT OF VIEW
42
THE SOCIAL BODY
65
IDEAL BODIES
85
DISEMBODYING THE ENEMY
112
A WOMANS WAY
133
COMING TO OUR SENSES
152
CONSENSUS
175
CONSENSUAL SPIRITUALITY
196
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Don Hanlon Johnson received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University. He is a professor of Somatics at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

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