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Bodied Mindfulness - Women’s Spirits, Bodies and Places

Bodied Mindfulness

Women’s Spirits, Bodies and Places

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

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Bodied Mindfulness: Women’s Spirits, Bodies and Places by Winnie Tomm

Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction

Notes

One: Self as Spiritual

Buddhist Mindfulness

Normative and Historical Consciousness

Spiritual Consciousness

Permeable Self

Desire

Notes

Two: Spirituality and the Body

Eros/Erotic

Bodied Consciousness

Reflections in the Mirror: From Artifact to Artist

Female Potency and Engendering Activities

Notes

Three: Sexuality and Language

Logic

Inscribed Meaning

Hermeneutics of Scepticism

Hermeneutics of Affirmation: Constructing Alternatives

Notes

Four: Ethics of Connectedness and Resistance

Ontology and Epistemology in ethics

Power and Trust

Self-Interest

Resisting Oppression

Notes

Five: Exclusionary Politcs at Work

Insider/Outsider Identities

Bad Girl/Good Girl Sexual Power

Work and Economics

Working in the Family

Notes

Six: Towards “Living With”

Living with Uncertainty

Environment, Ecology, and Ecofeminism

New Images

Interpretive Drifts

Paradigm Shifts Toward Integrating Spiritual and Social Realities

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Description

“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.