MIND-BODY (AIKI) PUBLICATIONS

Though peacemaking is usually approached as a psychological, spiritual or political process, these books focus on how to develop a body state of compassionate power as a foundation for effective peacemaking. The children’s book includes body awareness peacemaking games. The process described is just as helpful in homework or sports as in conflict resolution.

EMBODIED PEACEMAKING: Body Awareness, Self-Regulation and Conflict Resolution
This book is similar to Reach Out and Teaching Children Embodied Peacemaking but much more in-depth. Conflict generally evokes fight-or-flight physical arousal, which, by creating tunnel vision and oppositional thinking, perpetuates and escalates conflict. This book offers a systematic progression of exercises, movement experiments, and role-plays through which people can learn to replace the postural hardness and contraction of fight-or-flight arousal with a soft and expansive body state. This body state is the foundation for non-violent, compassionate, respectful, assertive conflict resolution and peacemaking. 162 pages.

$18.00 USD
TEACHING CHILDREN EMBODIED PEACEMAKING: Body Awareness, Self-Regulation and Conflict Resolution

This book focuses on the role of the body in conflict resolution and peacemaking. Conflict generally includes fight-or-flight arousal. That arousal is a physical body state which makes it hard to think or act in peaceful, non-oppositional, affirmative ways. The book offers a systematic progression of exercises, games, and role-plays which adults can teach to children to help them recognize the postural contraction and stiffness of fight-or-flight arousal and replace that with a soft and expansive body state. This mind/body state is the foundation for non-violent, respectful, harmonious functioning. 75 pages.

$13.00 USD
These two books are self-help books for abuse survivors and resources for professionals. They both focus on somatic methods of developing body awareness, effective boundaries, and safety. The first book includes many case study examples as well as explanations of the theory underlying the techniques.

 

WINNING IS HEALING: Body Awareness and Empowerment for Abuse Survivors

A self-help book for abuse survivors and a resource for professionals. The work is based on the ideas that powerlessness is the core of the trauma wound, and that growth and healing must be anchored by tangible experience of success in controlling the environment. The book focuses on practical, step-by-step exercises which show how to work with breathing, muscle tone, posture, movement and intention to develop body awareness, power, love, effective boundaries, and safety. The book also includes extensive case study examples and a systematic explanation of the theory underlying the awareness and empowerment work. 420 pages.

$19.00 USD

WINNING IS HEALING-BASICS: An Introduction to Body Awareness and Empowerment for Abuse Survivors

An abridged, easier to read version of the full book. It covers the core exercises and concepts in the body-centered approach I have developed for working with abuse recovery. The work is based on the ideas that powerlessness is the core of the trauma wound, and that growth and healing must be anchored by tangible experience of success in controlling the environment. The book focuses on practical, step-by-step exercises which show how to work with breathing, muscle tone, posture, movement and intention to develop body awareness, power, love, effective boundaries, and safety. 150 pages. (Also available in German as a paper book. Das Lächeln der Freiheit: Sebststärkung und Körperbewusstsein—Ein Leitfaden zur Traumabewältigung)

$13.00 USD