Today we're kicking off season 2 of the podcast with a conversation with Jamie McHugh of Somatic Expression about embodied mindfulness. Somatic Expression helps people to research and resource their own bodies through the 5 essential somatic technologies: breath, vocalization, contact, movement, and stillness. In our conversation today we hone in on what embodied mindfulness means. Jamie says his work is really about changing people's perception of what it means to be a body. He asks, "How can we invest ourselves in curiousity? How can our bodies be places of inquiry and exploration?".
- What are the 5 essential somatic technologies and why does Jamie use the word "technology" to describe them?
- We spend plenty of time talking about teaching critical thinking skills to children, but where are we teaching critical sensing skills to both children and adults?
- What is physical education really?
- How can working with the body in an educational setting be subversive?
- Are classical meditation forms such as vipassana incompatible with the modern mind and with modern life?
- Can sitting in this way (classical meditation forms) cause a person to go into more of a fight-or-flight pattern?
- Because of that does it pose some risk to those who aren't connected to the body?
- Why sit in meditation at all?
- What is a somatic mantra and how can we use one?
- How technology is changing our perception of time and removing our fallow time where we aren't stimulated by input.
- How do we re-calibrate this constant input to the neocortex?
- The indigenous practices- especially Jamie's experience with the Pomo Indians- of using the expressive capacity of the body to connect the whole community.
- Reviving the tradition of community dance and song in a non-stylized way (and how not to give your authority over to Beyonce).
In the spirit of reviving spontaneous dance we're having a home dance party today! So turn on your favorite music and dance like no one's watching. What do you discover when it's just for you?