The Embodied Path tells more than twenty body stories, woven together with Ellie Roscher's own body story and insights, to do the essential work of resistance and repair at the individual and communal level. The book includes the story of a woman who sees her hijab as an extension of her body, a front man in a funk band who views his entire body as his instrument, a quadriplegic woman who became a lawyer to advocate for herself, and a transgender man who underwent a gender transition after birthing two children. It also includes profoundly simple, beautiful stories of broken bones, motherhood, sickness, and healing toward wholeness.
For anyone interested in creating more capacity for compassion for themselves and others by doing the internal work to contend with privilege and trauma, The Embodied Path invites readers to join in the process with discussion questions, writing prompts, and breath and body practices. The work is simple but not easy, yet the benefits are lasting and profound. Our bodies are always talking to us, trying to get our attention. Our work is to unfold, to listen, and to claim the truth about our beautiful, storied bodies.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
How to Use This Book xxiii
1 Bodies Break: Living with Limitation 1
2 Bodies Connect: Expanding the Love 37
3 Bodies Persevere: Choosing Our Story 79
4 Bodies Transform; Embracing Our Ever-Unfolding Identity 109
5 Bodies Overcome: Surviving Oppressive Systems 155
6 Bodies Remember: Welcoming Ourselves Back Home 187
7 Bodies Transcend: Dissolving Internalized Boundaries 211
Recommended Resources 247