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The Intuitive Therapist

If you’ve ever watched a filmed therapy session or heard Susie Orbach’s In Therapy, it might seem like there’s not much going on. The client says something and then the therapist says something. What you can’t sense, unless you’ve been … Continue reading

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Climbing the magic mountain

I had a dream about a remote land where a traveller told tales of his adventures. At the end of the travellers tales, a young boy asked him a question: “How can I climb Mount Ghebo? It’s a magic mountain … Continue reading

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Focusing and the Cognitive Iceberg

Focusing is a simple technique that helps you to become aware of what’s called a ‘felt sense’ – a feeling in the body that has a meaning. Focusing has myriad applications including personal growth, creativity and psychotherapy. I’m nearly halfway … Continue reading

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We ARE the environment: Podcast

The Embodied Operating System is a new on-line resource devoted to exploring  the body in the digital age. It includes a series of interviews by Mark Walsh with people engaged with embodiment research and practice. Podcasts include interviews with Don Hanlon Johnson (California Institute of Integral Studies), Richard Strozzi–Heckler (founder … Continue reading

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I’ve been exploring how bodymind and place are woven together, but what happens when there is no place for the bodymind to be in? The floatation tank was originally developed by John Lilly, who was – amongst other things – a psychoanalyst and philosopher. It’s basically a sound and light-tight tank of salt … Continue reading

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The power of place: Protest site pagans

Research has established that spending time in the wilderness can have profound effects on people. This “wilderness effect” (Greenway, 1995) usually occurs in truly wild places like the Grand Canyon, but my research shows that it can work it’s magic … Continue reading

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Going wild in Scotland

I’m just back from a ‘nature immersion’ camp in Scotland run by the Art of Mentoring crew. From our base camp at a farm near Findhorn we set off to explore the local woods and beaches. We looked for animal … Continue reading

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The cognitive iceberg

Every year the Edge website asks interesting people a provocative question. The Edge Question for 2011 is “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” Adam Alter, a psychologist and Assistant Professor at Stern School of Business, NYU, responded with a short … Continue reading

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Your tiny mind

Our thinking is like an iceberg, with everyday awareness at the tip and 95% of cognition happening out of sight (Lakoff and Johnson, 1999: 13). Most of the time we identify that tiny 5% as ‘self’, discounting the hidden cognition … Continue reading

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Spirit of place: What lies beneath

Most of Uluru lies beneath the surface of the desert. Human cognition is like that too: Probably 95 percent of embodied thought lies below our everyday awareness. Our cognition is like an iceberg; the familiar self is just the tip that emerges from the sea, while the vast bulk … Continue reading

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