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Full Body Presence

Full Body Presence

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Published by New World Library
Learning to Listen to Your Body's Wisdom

Many teachers stress the importance of living in the present moment. Few give the actual practices to make it attainable. This book teaches you how to return to the incredible navigational system of the body and more fully inhabit each moment.

For over twenty-five years, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana has masterfully taught her step-by-step practice of present moment awareness through her own combination of bodywork and CranioSacral therapy. The practices of Full Body Presence help you find a deeper awareness in the moment, even in the midst of chaos, family and work demands, or the pressure to perform. This deeper awareness also brings a fuller sense of trust and confidence in yourself and in the world. Full Body Presence is filled with concrete, life-friendly explorations and instruction clearly presented in both the book and the free accompanying downloadable audio files.
Learning to Listen to Your Body's Wisdom

Many teachers stress the importance of living in the present moment. Few give the actual practices to make it attainable. This book teaches you how to return to the incredible navigational system of the body and more fully inhabit each moment.

For over twenty-five years, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana has masterfully taught her step-by-step practice of present moment awareness through her own combination of bodywork and CranioSacral therapy. The practices of Full Body Presence help you find a deeper awareness in the moment, even in the midst of chaos, family and work demands, or the pressure to perform. This deeper awareness also brings a fuller sense of trust and confidence in yourself and in the world. Full Body Presence is filled with concrete, life-friendly explorations and instruction clearly presented in both the book and the free accompanying downloadable audio files.

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Published by: New World Library on Jun 02, 2010
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W
hen I was a child, I was fascinated by the invisible energy dy-namics that connect us all. Growing up as a preacher’s daugh-ter on the front pew of a Baptist church, I was constantly immersed ina warm river of resonant vibration, from the rich gospel singing to thepowerful, benevolent presence of my father.Irememberonenightatageten,afteraparticularlyvibrantsingingservice, I was standing alone outside church in the warm, lush dark-ness of a Washington DC summer. Even though the service was overand the night was quiet, my insides were still buzzing. Suddenly, aris-ingfrominsidemybody,Ifeltadeepsurgeof connectionwithallof thenature around me — the tall oaks, the solid earth, the night sky. Thestars seemed very close to me. I felt huge and tiny at the same time.Tears of unexplainable joy welled up from deep within my belly. Withthisfeelingof onenesscameasenseof belongingandpresence.Ifeltfull
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and atpeacewith theworld. My only thoughtwas
This is the way I wasmeant to be.
Forthenextfewdays,thissenseof fullnessandbelonginglingeredin my body. I noticed that the world felt friendlier. It was easier to be akindbigsister.ItwaseasiertolivebytheSunday-schooldictateto“lovethyneighbor.”Thatwasmyfirstconscioustasteof directlyexperienc-ing the deep flow of life energy we all have available to us — a con-nection that brings us into the moment and naturally feeds our senseof Full Body Presence, making true compassion possible.Almost everyone has experienced sacred moments or encountersof thiskind.Thesenseof beingfullypresentcomesinallkindsof ways —perhapsadeepconnectednesswhenholdinganewborn,feelingthewindonyourfacewhilelookingoutoverabreathtakingmountainvista,beingheldsafelyinthearmsof yourbeloved,orexperiencingthegraceof meditation or prayer.Within a few weeks of my experience, that feeling of oneness andFull Body Presence dissipated and became a distant memory. To onedegreeoranother,thisdiminishmentof FullBodyPresenceinevitablyhappens to us all, depending on the circumstances. Some of us barelyhaveachancetoexperiencewhatitisliketobefree,toinhabitourbod-ies, to have a sense of oneness, to trust ourselves and feel comfortablein the world. We easily get caught up in the cultural trance, in others’expectations, in busyness, in fear, anger, or doubt.ThatsummernightexperiencewhenIwasten,aswellassimilarex-periencesthatfollowed,ledmetobecomedeeplyinterestedintheprocessofbecomingmorefullypresentineachmomentofmylife.Istudiedyoga,taichi,qigong,meditation,andNativeAmericanspiritualpractices.Forthelasttwenty-fiveyears,Ihavebeenbringingmyknowledgetoothers,helpingthemaccesstheirowninternalaliveness,usingCranio-Sacraltherapyandotherbodyworkmodalities.Ihavelearnedthatwhenwe have the skills to drop directly into the sensations within our bod-ieslettingthemindbecomeourallybysimplynoticingwhatisgoing
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