Reclaiming the body as the heart of prayer.
For centuries, European thought has separated mind and body and consequently prayer has been taught either either as a purely verbal process, a product of the rational mind or as an attempt to overcome, subdue or forget the body. This book draws on the gentle spirituality of St Francis and St Clare of Assisi and the embodied practice of the Alexander technique to put the body back into our prayers and to reclaim the physical as a site of the sacred. Written from within the Christian tradition but intended for those of any faith or none, it contains practical ideas for exploring prayer through simple movements and gentle physical practices, reclaiming the body as the heart of prayer.
It is written from the perspective of a professional Alexander technique teacher, ordained minister in the Church of England, and life long practitioner of body/mind disciplines including Aikido, tai chi and qi gong, Each chapter concludes with practices to promote greater peace, physical ease, spiritual depth and a more restful approach to life.
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In a simple, unassuming way, this book points the way to opening doors to new and profound experiences. ~ Malcolm Williamson, Former Head of Training, Manchester Alexander Technique Training School