Daily explorations to enhance embodied communication
Communication is a fundamental human activity, and as much as 90% of all communication is non-verbal. Yet awareness of embodied intelligence in communication is rare. This book is the fourth in a series by interdisciplinary educator Andrea Olsen focused on embodiment. Through the exercises and readings in this book, we can deepen our relationship to ourselves and others and improve our communication skills, moving between worlds: inner and outer; self and other; self and Earth. Each of the thirty-one chapters combines factual information, personal anecdotes, and somatic excursions, inviting the reader to explore multiple learning styles and lenses for finding balance in a more-than-human world. This guidebook is a valuable resource for anyone seeking practical tools for living and communicating with more ease and clarity.
CONTENTS • Foreword: Chris Aiken • Entryways: An Introduction • Preparations: Using the Text • SECTION I: UNDERLYING PATTERNS AND PERCEPTION • Day 1 Basic Concepts • Day 2 Attitudes • Day 3 Underlying Patterns: Biology • Day 4 Underlying Patterns: Biography • Day 5 Perception • SECTION II: FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS • Day 6 Arriving and Orientation • Day 7 Alignment • Day 8 Breath and Voice • Day 9 Balancing the Nervous System • Day 10 Dancing with the Endocrine System • SECTION III: MODES OF COMMUNICATION • Day 11 Moving and Touching • Day 12 Speaking and Listening • Day 13 Writing and Reading Aloud • Day 14 Embodying Digital Media and Filming • Day 15 Art-Making and Imagining • SECTION IV: ENHANCING AUTHENTICITY • Day 16 Face and Expression • Day 17 Energy and Vitality • Day 18 Humor and Laughter • Day 19 Resistance and Relationship • Day 20 Sensations and Emotions • SECTION V: EXPERIENCING INTERCONNECTIVITY• Day 21 Vision and Insight • Day 22 Identity and Fluidity • Day 23 Spirituality and Embodiment • Day 24 Rest and Restoration • Day 25 Food and Ritual • SECTION VI: SOMATIC PRACTICES • Day 26 Mind and Mindfulness • Day 27 Body-Mind Centering®—Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen • Day 28 The Discipline of Authentic Movement—Janet Adler • Day 29 Qigong • Day 30 Body and Earth • VII: PERSONAL PROJECT • 31 Your Chapter • Acknowledgments • Notes • Selected • Bibliography and Web Materials • Subject Index • Art Index
"Andrea Olsen's writing calls us toward a critical quiet, an urgently quiet practice. Her guidance gives us the framework we need to regard our place: our bodies, our spirit, in this world. She has shaped a month of days to practice, remember, and remind us of what is within reach."~Bebe Miller, professor of dance emerita, Ohio State University
"This is the book we have been waiting for. Andrea has captured this moment in history when we can truly co-create a kinder world society through personal embodiment of Self. She guides us in a deep practice of awakening the wisdom of our moving body supported by breath, cellular vitality, and scientific inquiry. Read this book. It can transform not only your life, but together, our collective well-being."~Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, developer of the Body-Mind Centering® Approach
"In our cautious, distanced modern milieu, we too easily forsake the body. Here Andrea Olsen reminds us that the body, our bodies, are the center of any engagement, interaction, or offering we will ever have. She brings multiple lenses to a 'scholarship of the body,' of lived experience, applying her findings to our needs for communicating across divides. This book is like no other, stretching between dance and dialogue."~Laura Sewall, author of Sight and Sensibility, The Ecopsychology of Perception
"What does the body have to do with communication?' one of Andrea's students asks impatiently. This book is her response, and it is a gift to us all. This fascinating, compelling collage of elements gradually reveals what makes the body so profoundly communicative, within oneself, with others and with the world. The body's complexity is reflected in the extraordinary richness of her means, encompassing science, stories, art, images, memories, philosophy, spirituality, and, above all, exercises that ground readers in their own felt experience. Andrea writes not just about the body but from the body. Moving Between Worlds is her body communicating with our bodies."~Rosalyn Driscoll, author of The Sensing Body in the Visual Arts: Making and Experiencing Sculpture
"Embodiment—consciously inhabiting the lived body—is a theme of our time. In this book, Olsen addresses intersectionality—simultaneously perceiving ourselves and our world. Each page captures my attention, offering a theme I want to return to involving both verbal and nonverbal messaging within the context of environmental challenges and global communication. The material is applicable in many contexts—cross-cultural, professional, patient-doctor, familial, and crisis-settings—supporting our authenticity in navigating the space between."~Shruthi Mahalingaiah, MD MS, assistant professor of environmental reproductive and women's health, Harvard Chan School of Public Health