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Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda.  All rights reserved.  Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.

Soma

      The word soma refers to an organism as a whole (Hanna, 1986).  In understanding the human as a soma rather than a mind and a body or a bodymind, "there is no distinction between body and mind.  Instead, body and mind are understood as an inseparable continuum of matter and consciousness" (Greene, 1994, p. 98).  Hanna (as cited in Greene, 1994) uses the word soma as "a body perceived from within" and refers to "the rich and constantly flowing array of sensing and actions that are occurring within the experience of each of us" (p. 98). 

by Jay Ligda

(This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for John. F. Kennedy University:  Final Integrative Project., Mar1996.)


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References

  • Greene, D. (1995).  Embodying Holism:  A Somatic Perspective on Communication.  Dissertation.  Columbus, OH:  Ohio State University.
  • Hanna, T. L. (1986).  "What is Somatics?" in Somatics:  Magazine/Journal of the Bodily Arts and Sciences.
  • Pearson, D. & Shaw, S. (1982).  Life Extension:  A Practical Scientific Approach.  New York, NY:  Warner.

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