Embodied Spirituality is a growing body of work that marries embodiment and spirituality. Many approaches to yoga, meditation, contemplation, nature-based spirituality, and even aspects of all the major religions can be included in embodied spirituality.
For most of my career I focused primarily on the body and psychology, developing Body-Mind Psychotherapy. In my private life, I focused on meditation and spirituality. Finally with my book, Heart Open, Body Awake, I came out of the spiritual closet.
Embodiment includes the full spectrum our beings: physicality, emotions, society, politics and spirituality. How do we go through the body to spiritual connection? Embodiment begins with respect—respect for our physical experience which includes emotionality and rationality. Respect naturally leads to connection to nature. In embodied spirituality we see the continuity between the earth and all its life forms, humans and the whole universe in its physical and spiritual dimensions.
So much of organized religion developed around controlling and subduing our bodies and our emotions to grow spiritually. Embodied spirituality embraces the awakened body, emotional awareness, relationship, sexuality, family life, and political activism.
Many approaches to embodied spirituality emphasize the heart. The heart is the gateway to so much of our spiritual potential. In our approach, as explicated in Susan’s new book, Heart Open, Body Awake: The Four Steps of Embodied Spirituality, the spiritual heart and the actual physical heart are recognized as an inseparable unity. In fact, the book explores how all of experiential anatomy can be an essential part of the spiritual path.
Embodied Spirituality emphasizes the individuality of each of our paths. It is an approach that supports you rather than dictates particular forms or beliefs. You can use your study of embodied spirituality to bring more body, emotion, nature, and relationship to your personal spiritual path.
A Year of Embodiment
A Year of Embodiment From June 3, 2023 through May 2024 attend online and receive recordings of each monthly Embodiment Gathering. Written, audio, and video support throughout the year. Includes Embodiment Retreat June 30-July 2. Register now! Pay from the heart option available.
June 30-July 2 attend and receive recordings for a weekend Embodiment Retreat. Online live meetings will be held from 11am-12:30pm each day. Participate in all or none of the live meetings. Written, audio, video support, and DIY schedule. Thinking about retreat? Learn more in this video.
Other ways to explore Embodied Spirituality. These are all parts of the Year of Embodiment. . .
Embodiment Monthly Gatherings – Live Online
Meet with Susan online once a month, the first Saturday of the month, generally, at 11 am – 12:30 pm Mountain Time to learn and practice Embodied Spirituality Practices, including Embodiment Practice, embodied meditation, and more. Reading Heart Open, Body Awake will support these practice sessions.
Note: These hours may be used toward BMP Level 2 certification.
- Saturdays, generally the 1st Saturday of the month, 11 am – 12:30 pm MT. June 3, July 1, August 5, Sept 2, Oct 14 (2nd Sat), Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, April 13, May 4.
- Register now:
$75 per session, advance registration necessary.
Pay from the heart option available.
Recordings available for every session you are registered for whether you attend live or not.
Support your embodiment, meditation, relationship, and life practices. We begin and end with practice and take questions in the middle.
A Season of Embodiment
Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring. Try one season of Embodiment support, attending monthly live gatherings occur and receiving written, audio and video support throughout the season. Register now! Pay from the heart option available.
Embodied Spirituality Curriculum
- Embodiment Practice is a simple awareness, movement practice that can be done in a group or on your own. You can learn this through the Embodiment Everywhere! video series.
- Embodied Meditation is a body-centered approach to meditation that can be integrated into your established practice or practiced on its own.
- Heart Pulsation Meditation as delineated in Heart Open, Body Awake.
- Big Heart/Small Heart
- Interaction Cycle
- Circular Attunement
- Dynamic Compassion
- Full Awareness
and more . . .
Embodied Spirituality Video Offerings available now:
- Embodiment Everywhere!
- Crown of Awareness – Recorded Retreat/Practice Support
- Embodied Spirituality Recordings People are using these over and over again as guided meditation supports.