nerves or efferent or motor nerves. Somatic experiencing helps people access their bound-up energy and release it in a gradual, titrated way by tracking felt sensations in the body.
It took me a while before I’d internalized the above. For some time I scooted around the term, hoping it would go away. It was like a floaty toy – it kept resurfacing and I kept pushing it back down, into the water. The harder I pushed, the more resistance I felt.
I now understand that I felt this resistance because I had not crossed the science/art divide. It was like one of those rickety suspension bridges, one that was missing a few slats. I chose then, to stay safely on the science side. I do write in my journal, and I use writing to problem solve; however, I did not cross the chasm. Instead, I viewed it from afar, well knowing that Art Young, a man who in further defining the key tenets of writing to learn was ahead of his time, would have encouraged me to put my heart and soul on the line.
This writer did what I did not do, and this sparked considerable envy on my part. The question form gives this poem a speculative feeling that further enables her to make some rather splendid free associations, all of course being related to our somatic senses. This is totally a treatise about the body/mind relationship. As both William James and Carl Georg Lang believe, emotion arises when you perceive changes in your body, hence the questions “what word makes the body?” “What body makes the word?”
Beautiful imagery here – “may I hold your hand? to feel your hand as its actual shape, clothed in its papery useful unequivocal skin, bones stacked like tiny branches, the balance of a bird, joints unlocking, span from thumb to pinky octaving out toward unfamiliar harmonics?” Reading and rereading this stanza brought tears to my eyes.
Tomorrow I am going to write an ode to somatics. Why not?
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