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

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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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: 770,621
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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, PhD, is a psychologist, Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times bestselling author. His seven books have been published in 31 languages and include Making Great Relationships, Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Just One Thing, Buddha’s Brain, and Mother Nurture—with over a million copies in English alone. He's the founder of the Global Compassion Coalition and the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, as well as the cohost of the Being Well podcast—which has been downloaded over 9 million times. His free newsletters have 250,000 subscribers, and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial needs. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on CBS, NPR, the BBC, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and has taught in meditation centers worldwide. He and his wife live in Northern California and have two adult children. He loves the wilderness and taking a break from emails.

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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