The Wisdom of the Body: What Embodied Cognition Can Teach us about Learning, Human Development, and Ourselves (Hardback)Erik Shonstrom (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 200
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
The Wisdom of the Body is a profound exploration of the gifts of love, wisdom, creativity, and aliveness that we experience when we plant ourselves in the universe, in this body, in this being right here.--Tara Brach Ph. D., author of "Radical Acceptance" and "Radical Compassion"
We usually think of the mind-body connection in relation to physical and mental health. In this intelligent and often witty book Shonstrom makes a compelling case for a mind-body approach to education. Using engaging anecdotes, research data, and wisdom from sources as diverse as the Buddha, Dr. Seuss, and Anthony Bourdain, Shonstrom convinced me that even after a lifetime as a student, physician, and teacher I might understand how we learn in an entirely new, embodied way.--Suzanne Koven M.D, MFA, Writer in Residence, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Exploring embodied cognition with humorous, compelling insight, Shonstrom explains how we learn. Moving through philosophy, theories of neuroscience, and urgent concerns of accelerating social anxieties, Shonstrom demonstrates how important mindfulness and physical activity remain to any rendering of educational process. Race, gender, social circumstance, and questions of learning disparities wind their way through this entirely accessible offering. Essential for educators and everyone who wonders, "How do we feel?"--Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor, Duke University and author of "Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture"
Shonstrom asks the important question of how learning became so disembodied and provides a readable account of the biological and philosophical basis for the re-emergence of somatic learning. This highly readable book shows how we got away from learning by doing and how we can, and must, get back to it.--Mary Ann Brehm, author of "Creative Dance and Learning: Making the Kinesthetic Link"
Erik Shonstrom meticulously traces the philosophical and scientific evolution of how we view 'self' from the body/mind dualism of Cartesian thought to today's more holistic view of interoceptive awareness -- that is one's ability to receive, access, and assess inner body sensations and internal body states or signals. It helps that Shonstrom has a delightful sense of humor to help one go through this history. It is also interesting to note that one of the ways Shonstrom finds most helpful to increase one's interoceptive abilities is through diligent mindfulness meditation.--Sharon Salzberg, author of "Lovingkindness" and "Real Happiness"
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