Integral Review

A Transdisciplinary and Transcultural Journal For New Thought, Research, and Praxis

Transformative Body Practices and Social Change: The Intersection between Spirituality and Activism

Don H. Johnson

Abstract: This paper examines the intersections of embodied spiritual practices—breathing, sensing, postural awareness, moving, touching—and organizing for social change. The perspectives of two leading revolutionary theorists, Mahatma Gandhi and Wilhelm Reich, provide a basis from which to analyze the importance for body cultivation in addressing social issues. There is an analysis of how traditional practices might be taught in a context which opens the practitioner to the grief of the world and the energy to address it.

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