In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself

In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself


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In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself by John J. Prendergast PhD

Your body has a natural sense of truth. We can feel authenticity in ourselves and in others. However, this innate wisdom is obscured by our conditioning—the core limiting beliefs, reactive feelings, and somatic contractions that fuel our sense of struggle and veil who we really are.

In Touch is a groundbreaking, experiential guide to the felt-sense of our “inner knowing”—the deep intelligence available through our bodies. Each chapter presents moving stories, helpful insights from spirituality, psychology, and science, and simple yet potent experiments for integrating the gifts of inner knowing into every aspect of daily life. Join pioneering psychotherapist and teacher Dr. John J. Prendergast to explore:

• The phenomenon of “attunement”—how we accurately sense and resonate with ourselves and others—including an introduction to attachment theory, mirror neurons, and interoception (the ability to sense into the interior of your body)

• Felt-sensing and the subtle body—our ability to have a whole-body sense of reality and how the seven major energy centers relate to common psychospiritual issues

• “Shadows as portals”—how our dark and painful feelings and sensations can point us toward an essential radiance within

• The art of identifying and undoing our core limiting beliefs

• The four somatic qualities of inner knowing—relaxed groundedness, inner alignment, open-heartedness, and spaciousness—and how these subtle signals, once recognized, can guide our choices and help us to navigate life’s challenges

• The fruits of inner knowing—the realization of who we are in our depths and the great intimacy with life we can all enjoy

“As we tune into our deepest nature, our body relaxes, grounds, lines up, opens up, and lights up,” writes Prendergast. “So far this extraordinarily useful subtle feedback has been largely overlooked; almost nothing has been written about it. We need to both sense and decode these signals if we are to benefit from them. These bodily markers are here to be seen and used as guides to enable us to more gracefully navigate life and to awaken. They are part of our birthright, available to anyone.”

Here is his invitation to start listening in a profound new way, deeply in touch with reality and our shared journey of awakening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622032075
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 261,990
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John J. Prendergast

John J. Prendergast, PhD, is a psychotherapist, retired professor of psychology, spiritual teacher, and founder and editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology. For more, visit
Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times bestselling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and has taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University and has served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with 135,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

He enjoys rock climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Hanson, PhD ix

Introduction: In Touch with Your Inner Knowing xi

Part I Two Views of the Body 1

Chapter 1 The Science of Attunement 3

Chapter 2 Felt Sensing and the Subtle Body 27

Part II Reducing the Noise 55

Chapter 3 Being with Experience: Shadows as Portals 57

Chapter 4 Questioning Core Beliefs, Dialoguing with the Inner Critic, and Witnessing Thoughts 79

Part III Hearing the Signals: Somatic Qualities of Inner Knowing 99

Chapter 5 Relaxed Groundedness 101

Chapter 6 Inner Alignment 123

Chapter 7 Openheartedness 139

Chapter 8 Spaciousness 157

Part IV The Fruits of Inner Knowing 171

Chapter 9 Self-Recognition 173

Chapter 10 The Great Intimacy 183

Conclusion: The Sacred Ordinary 189

Notes 193

Bibliography 197

Acknowledgments 201

Index 203

About the Author 213

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In Touch: How to Tune into the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Touch addresses the process of tuning into your inner guidance and learning to trust and move from it in a fresh, clear, grounded way. It's challenging to approach something so relative and subtle as 'discovering your truth', let alone learning how to tune in to your body, and sift through the plethora of information it gives us. John Prendergast walks you through this process in a holistic way - from the science of attunement and attachment systems to sensing the subtle body, and more. I especially enjoyed the last half where he describes the four markers of being in touch with your inner guidance. They resonated with me as trustworthy and true to my experience. He makes something that could easily slip into the realm of abject relativity and unclarity (finding, and then acting from, your truth) seem very doable, solid, and reliable. Highly recommend!
HolisticPsychiatrist More than 1 year ago
I enthusiastically recommend InTouch for psychotherapists,their clients, and anyone seeking to explore and manifest their authenticity in a profound way. As a holistic psychiatrist, I'm always looking for ways to deepen my own personal transformation and support interested clients in their authentic unfolding. This book is useful, inspiring, hopeful, and both simple and profound in addressing the inner journey. The author's compassionate embrace of the human condition shines through on each page. A healing and wholing can take place through his clear and direct pointer to our individual truth. This is a book to be savored and digested slowly, as the exercises and wise council open us to a new and vitally important way of living and seeing, which is our birthright.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John’s book is a jewel.  Written from a compassionate heart and discriminating mind, he provides an intimate, in-depth journey into our inner world of listening, and the path and challenges we encounter as we seek to access our inner knowing.  Starting with the science of attunement, he encourages a way of life based on attuning to our deepest inner truth.  John’s book put me in touch with my own deep humanity and left me feeling a sense of inner calm, strength and deep quiet. His chapters on the four markers of inner knowing – relaxed groundedness, inner alignment, openheartedness and spaciousness led me into a greater intimacy with myself and opened me further to ways I can continually stay in touch.  As I read In Touch I especially valued John’s inquiry questions and the experiential quality of his experiments, where I could practice for myself ways to embody my own deep knowing.  I appreciated some of his key distinctions – the difference between judging and discernment, between aliveness and excitement, between self-love and self-indulgence.  I value how John draws on his own experience illustrating in one case how reactive feelings can be portals to inner knowing.  His rich examples are sprinkled throughout the book and reveal  how spiritual truths are discovered through deep attunement with one’s own being.   He artfully addresses ways to inquire into our limiting beliefs, to dialogue with our inner critic and witness our thoughts.  He shows how the principles of accessing inner knowing come alive in real and concrete ways through his lucid vignettes and self-revelatory intimate stories with clients.  These lent depth to the book and touched my heart.   I recommend this book highly to any person desiring tools and resources for opening to their inner knowing and for those who have been on the spiritual path for many years, and as a rich resource for therapists, healers and their clients.  A profoundly useful and relevant book, one you can return to again and again for new insights, guidance and a deeper understanding of your own nature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely, important book. In my first reading (there will be many), I was soothed by the words, and style. It spoke directly to the most real part of me, it felt grounding...almost meditative. I found it deeply refreshing, like a tall drink of water for the soul (and spirit). John writes about what is timeless, transcendent, divine, essential, and real. And this book is all of those things! I say that I will read this book many times, because it feels like another passage or understanding will come into focus as needed for where I am in my life. This time, I underlined one chapter in particular...almost every sentence! And I reread it as needed, and I am reminded of who I am...and am not. As a psychotherapist, I have already used some of the "experiments" in sessions with clients. They are welcome guiding cairns. :) Of all of the people that I know in the world, John is an expert on intuition. I highly recommend reading this book. As they say, the truth will set you free. And this book is truth.
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Riyaz More than 1 year ago
As I read this book, I was guided into the subtle yet powerful gifts of being in touch with the body. This book offers clear and helpful guidance for deepening contact with our intuition, our essence, and our world. I love the experiential ‘meditations’ that offer us a felt sense of the concepts introduced in each chapter. I also enjoyed the accessible style that the author uses: giving many vignettes from his own life - and others’ lives - to highlight the points he makes. In my role as a psychotherapist as well as graduate school professor in counseling psychology, I have already started to recommend this text to my clients and students.
marigoldMB More than 1 year ago
Tell the world what you think of this product.Beyond John’s exceptional experience, understanding and insight garnered over years of working with people, “In Touch” offers an often poignant and always pensive, poetic, personal and elegantly written journey into the wisdom of human hearts, minds and bodies—in short, a terrific and rewarding read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This tremendously useful book offers helpful, grounded, comprehensive guidance for being in touch with ourselves. A rare offering where spirituality and sometimes-agonizing daily inner life meet, the book's author shares decades of expertise as a therapist with a very personal and approachable style that brings the reader deeper and deeper into their own experience now. A gem of a book, groundbreaking and very fulfilling to use to discover oneself more truly and authentically.