The Miyagi-Yoda effect and the ‘politicized somatics’ industry

Let’s just do this: straight, no chaser.Something that has come to me through my experience within the politicized somatics industry, is that the majority of what is taught as embodied/spiritual activism, is charismatic people asking you to jump through hoops of ‘discomfort’ to embody certain ideological programming. If you are following me, the above is…

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A grieving look at Hara and the feminine

I spoke with my mother today about her poetry. She’s been thinking of releasing a volume of her poems from various ages that have gone unpublished because she did not pursue a career in it. So she wanted me to take a look, see what I think. She also told me that my grandmother, her…

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What does it mean for a practice to be cultural-somatic?

Transparently, this article started off with a cascade of titles. “Cultural somatics is dead” “Who killed cultural somatics?” “A farewell to cultural somatics” You can probably sense my grief, disdain, and resolve. I think the way I have been writing over the last few years, under the anguished moniker of ‘Selfish Activist’, these would be…

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Somatic pathways for animist connection to place and body

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my ancestral traditions of Japanese folk animism. For those who may be new to Japanese spiritual traditions, Shintoism, the official animist ‘religion’ of Japan, that declares it a nation of “Yaoyorozu-no-Kami (八百万の神)” or 8 million spirits, has multiple strains that reflect Japan’s history of class and racial-cultural struggle.…

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On somatics being an Asian practice

I want to share something with you in this article that I, as an Asian person and somatics practitioner, believes is critical for us students of modern/Western somatics understand the work we do. I often refrain from speaking from my specific racial-cultural position as I understand how often that can mean usurping the power of…

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The cycle of ‘Orientation-Differentiation-Integration’ in animist-somatic healing

Over the last few years of working on the development of an animist-somatic practice, often alongside my frequent collaborator Dare Sohei, I’ve observed that we may see there are three pivotal points of the trauma resolution cycle. These are orientation, differentiation, and integration. In this piece, I would like to share a model for trauma…

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Three essential lenses for developing a cultural somatic practice: neurology, attachment, and animism

This article is written as a guide for people who are newly interested in a practice sometimes referred to as cultural somatics and want to know how to set their bearings for their journey. While it is perilous for any one person to claim to have nailed down the foundations for an emergent work such…

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On activist trauma-bonding and cultural codependency

This article assumes you have some basic working knowledge of attachment theory. If the term is new to you, you can go here to read more. One of the key aspects of the cultural somatic approach I employ is to understand oppressions, not necessarily just as socially programmed thoughts and actions, but as cultural attachment…

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A cultural somatic reader on whiteness, trauma, and allyship (includes free webinar)

This is a compilation of selected articles that I’ve written over the last four years, plus a free webinar, on the subjects of whiteness, trauma, and allyship. Particularly, within these works, you will be introduced to what we call a ‘cultural somatic’ framework, a constellation of ideas pivoted around the fundamental principle that groups of…

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The cultural somatic paradox: why we struggle to understand each other

The last few years of my private practice has heavily focused on helping people better understand their relationships across different identity lines such as gender, race, class, and so on, in an epochal time, where there has been so much mass proliferation of vocabularies such as privilege, intersectionality, and identity politics. Using a foundationally neurobiological…

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