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“There is a point where, in the mystery of existence, contradictions meet: where movement is not all movement and stillness is not all stillness; where the idea and the form, the within and the without, are united; where infinite becomes finite, but not.” - Rabindranath Tagore

"To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe."
- Eckhart Tolle

Embodied Mindfulness

Embodying mindfulness, and being mindfully embodied, is a major topic in the modern world. How do we bring more body into our lives? And how do we return to ourselves daily and reset to stillness?

Embodied Mindfulness is a contemporary somatic approach to traditional contemplative sitting practices. Dedicated to reconciling the split between conscious movement and stillness, Embodied Mindfulness explores the intersection of the mind and the body with breath, alignment, self-contact, and subtle movement as the foundational technologies for introspective practice.

The Embodied Mindfulness protocol builds on traditional mindfulness practice by adding somatic awareness and participatory action, making the art of sitting more body-centered and interactive. During a 15-20 minute daily practice, you alternate receptive attention to inner information (being with what is) with active somatic modifications (changing what you want) to focus and sustain mental attention while generating bodily calm and clarity. These embodied practices combine inner sensing, active expression, and individual exploration to cultivate a lively, animated stillness.  

Based on Jamie McHugh’s 40-year practice of meditation and 35-years as a teacher of somatic-expressive movement arts, the Embodied Mindfulness template for contemplative practice has been used with people ages 20-85 and at all levels of physical conditioning. If you can sit in a chair, you can do this practice!

  • Read this article for a theoretical overview of Embodied Mindfulness and its origins

  • Listen to an Embodied Mindfulness practice here
  • Embodied Mindfulness introductory class information here
  • Embodied Mindfulness Leadership Certification Training information here

 

Jamie McHugh

 

“I appreciate that the information has been synthesized in a clear way. This body of work provides a good balance of non-authoritative structure. It's the kindness, self-permission, luxuriating that feels like a necessary and exciting piece- it fills the gap of "what's been missing" in previous experiences of meditation for me.” - Malia