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Bodied Mindfulness

Women’s Spirits, Bodies and Places

By Winnie Tomm
Subjects Religion, Spirituality, Social Science, Women’s Studies, Philosophy
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Paperback : 9780889202733, 356 pages, December 1995
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554588022, 356 pages, October 2010
Ebook (PDF) : 9780889205833, 356 pages, January 2006

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Bodied Mindfulness: Women’s Spirits, Bodies and Places by Winnie Tomm
One: Self as Spiritual
Buddhist Mindfulness
Normative and Historical Consciousness
Spiritual Consciousness
Permeable Self
Two: Spirituality and the Body
Bodied Consciousness
Reflections in the Mirror: From Artifact to Artist
Female Potency and Engendering Activities
Three: Sexuality and Language
Inscribed Meaning
Hermeneutics of Scepticism
Hermeneutics of Affirmation: Constructing Alternatives
Four: Ethics of Connectedness and Resistance
Ontology and Epistemology in ethics
Power and Trust
Resisting Oppression
Five: Exclusionary Politcs at Work
Insider/Outsider Identities
Bad Girl/Good Girl Sexual Power
Work and Economics
Working in the Family
Six: Towards “Living With”
Living with Uncertainty
Environment, Ecology, and Ecofeminism
New Images
Interpretive Drifts
Paradigm Shifts Toward Integrating Spiritual and Social Realities


“I see spirituality and social change to be integrally related to each other. I believe that liberation efforts that are supported by spiritual experiences of integration promote human dignity as well as social equality.”
Bodied Mindfulness combines spiritual, social and analytical perspectives to explore topics central to women’s development: spirituality, women’s bodies, cultural constructions of women’s sexuality in language, sexual ethics, the sexual contract in politics and at work, and the relation between nature and culture. It is Tomm’s deeply held conviction that women need to bring a vital spirituality to feminist social criticism in order to resolve these issues and increase their power to promote social justice and ecological balance.
Tomm embraces a vast store of knowledge from diverse sources, including Buddhist, shamanist and feminist resources. In a move away from abstract theorizing, she explicitly connects theory with realities lived by women. Grounding theory in personal experience — her own and others — Tomm delivers a powerful and empowering account of women’s spirituality. The resulting ontological transformation allows women to live deeply in the body while strengthening their relation to human and non-human matter and energy.
Bodied Mindfulness will be of great interest to feminist scholars in all disciplines, but most particularly to those in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies.