ISSN: 20517068
First published in 2014
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Volume 3 Issue 1-2
Cover Date: July 2016
My spirit asks to live in sensation
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Authors:  Marianne Adams 
DOI: 10.1386/dmas.3.1-2.107_1

Keywords
dance autoethnography,daily practice,physical spirituality,somatic writing,mindful embodiment,somatic sustainability

Abstract
This qualitative, arts-based research article explores modes of physical daily practice, somatic writing and an emerging sense of spirituality within an autoethnographic framework. The research depicts the evolution of regular and varied body practices documented by somatic journaling and creative writing. The realization that spirituality can grow from an array of therapeutic and intentional somatic practices evolved from a more narrowly defined dance background that previously focused primarily on artistic, technical standards. Perspectives from contemporary dance training, the Pilates method, somatic writing, the GYROKINESIS method and Authentic Movement are the primary approaches explored. Other observations from moving within the natural world provide the lens for explorations on the role of the witness, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness. Data gathered from mindful, contemplative body-based practices led to an examination of intrinsic spiritual values. As a female dance academic, the emerging awareness of embodied physical spirituality also probes questions regarding the nature of dance scholarship, ageing in dance and the concept of somatic sustainability.
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