The Embodied Path: Telling the Story of Your Body for Healing and Wholeness

The Embodied Path: Telling the Story of Your Body for Healing and Wholeness

by Ellie Roscher
The Embodied Path: Telling the Story of Your Body for Healing and Wholeness

The Embodied Path: Telling the Story of Your Body for Healing and Wholeness

by Ellie Roscher

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Overview

Our bodies have a story to tell. When we turn toward our bodies with curiosity and reverence, we honor those stories, embrace our inner dignity, and make space for more agency. Sharing our bodies' stories helps us feel seen so that, little by little, society's limiting master narratives can shift so that more bodies feel safe and beautiful and have a sense of belonging.

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506482828
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 12/06/2022
Pages: 255
Sales rank: 531,721
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ellie Roscher is the author of Play Like a Girl and How Coffee Saved My Life and coauthor of 12 Tiny Things. She hosts the Unlikely Conversations podcast and teaches writing and yoga at The Loft Literary Center, the Minnesota Writing Project, and Up Yoga. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College as well as an MA in Theology from Luther Seminary. She lives in Minneapolis with her spouse and sons.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Introduction xiii

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

Conclusion 243

Recommended Resources 247

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 253

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