I'll say some things about the poems section in regards to questions of “why” or “what for?”, etc. First of all, it is a kind of practice, or a challenge to myself, which I have already failed at, to maintain a writing practice of some sort. I determined to write one poem every day for… Continue reading Words about the Poems
I'm calling this post “3b” because it is more of a continuing thought that relates to the video and, in particular, the claim made by Dr. Anil Seth that there is no light or sound inside the brain. It didn't seem right and I found that following this intuition led me to a way to… Continue reading The Ghost in the Machine pt. 3b
Now it is time to make some positive points about somatics as I understand it and have experienced it. The hinge, the golden key, the lynch pin of it all is the intersection between the application of internal perception and our representations of the experience. In the video Seth mainly talks about the external “thing”… Continue reading The Ghost in the Machine pt. 3
The function of the Anil Seth video in part one of this series is to serve as a catalyst for thinking about feeling and about the layers of the body and self for subsequent posts. As for myself, I will relate my personal experience with the ideas of somatics in a practical way and to… Continue reading The Ghost in the Machine pt. 2
Scattered over my life have been times when the so called "mind/body problem" was an issue. In general I have treated this as a deep and overarching puzzle that impacted how I understood things. High School was probably the earliest I began to actively wonder about the contents of my mind in a self-conscious and… Continue reading The Ghost in the Machine pt. 1
I have a workshop I teach with my colleague Ruth Silva coming up on Sunday Nov. 4 called "Movement and Stillness: SomaYoga and Yin" which goes from 1:30-3:30 in the afternoon at Tula Yoga and Wellness. This post is for anybody intrigued enough by the title to consider going as well as for those who… Continue reading Movement and Stillness Workshop
What you are about to read is a personal story. Now, whatever you think about this sentence, whatever was evoked in you the moment you had read it, from your sensations to your emotions, visualizations, expectations, immediate reactions, memories good and bad, all of these are somatic responses. Everything that happens to you is housed… Continue reading Life as a Soma.