What we're about
Mindful Somatics Institute (MSI) offers classes, sessions, workshops and retreats in the field of mindful somatics, also known as embodied mindfulness practices. You can think of embodied mindfulness practices as very body-centered mindfulness meditation practices. Our work is equally about somatics and mindfulness.
We originated in Santa Fe, and are beginning to branch out into ABQ. You may learn more about us by looking at our Santa Fe Meetup website.: http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe
Soon we will have our own independent website at http://www.mindfulsomatics.org
What is somatics?
Philosopher and somatics educator, Thomas Hanna, defined somatics as "...the field of study dealing with somatic phenomena, i.e., the human being as experienced by himself (or herself) from the inside." He defined soma as "the body experienced from within." The perspective of MSI is that any practices which encourage and support the integration of mind, body, and spirit is a somatics (http://donhanlonjohnson.com/somatics.html) practice -- and that mindfulness and somatics go together beautifully.
What is mindfulness?
According to author and teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, "mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally. Mindfulness practitioners learn how to pay attention on purpose by practicing specially developed mindfulness meditation practices & mindful movements."
But mindfulness isn't just about what we ordinarily consider to be "the mind," it's also about the body (the soma) and about the heart. Kabat-Zinn has said that,
"Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation. [But] it’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention. That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used. In Asian languages, the word for mind and the word for heart are the same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention."
MSI is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in New Mexico
Tax deductible contributions are welcome at
Mindful Somatics Institute
PO Box 1534
Santa Fe, NM 87504