Bodied Mindfulness: Women's Spirits, Bodies and Places

Bodied Mindfulness: Women's Spirits, Bodies and Places

by Winnie Tomm
Bodied Mindfulness: Women's Spirits, Bodies and Places

Bodied Mindfulness: Women's Spirits, Bodies and Places

by Winnie Tomm


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“I see spirituality and social change to be integrally related to each other. I believe that liberation efforts that are supported by spiritual experiences of integration promote human dignity as well as social equality.”

Bodied Mindfulness combines spiritual, social and analytical perspectives to explore topics central to women’s development: spirituality, women’s bodies, cultural constructions of women’s sexuality in language, sexual ethics, the sexual contract in politics and at work, and the relation between nature and culture. It is Tomm’s deeply held conviction that women need to bring a vital spirituality to feminist social criticism in order to resolve these issues and increase their power to promote social justice and ecological balance.

Tomm embraces a vast store of knowledge from diverse sources, including Buddhist, shamanist and feminist resources. In a move away from abstract theorizing, she explicitly connects theory with realities lived by women. Grounding theory in personal experience — her own and others — Tomm delivers a powerful and empowering account of women’s spirituality. The resulting ontological transformation allows women to live deeply in the body while strengthening their relation to human and non-human matter and energy.

Bodied Mindfulness will be of great interest to feminist scholars in all disciplines, but most particularly to those in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554588022
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 356
File size: 799 KB

About the Author

Dr. Winnie Tomm is Coordinator, Women’s Studies Program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for Bodied Mindfulness: Women’s Spirits, Bodies and Places by Winnie Tomm





One: Self as Spiritual

Buddhist Mindfulness

Normative and Historical Consciousness

Spiritual Consciousness

Permeable Self



Two: Spirituality and the Body


Bodied Consciousness

Reflections in the Mirror: From Artifact to Artist

Female Potency and Engendering Activities


Three: Sexuality and Language


Inscribed Meaning

Hermeneutics of Scepticism

Hermeneutics of Affirmation: Constructing Alternatives


Four: Ethics of Connectedness and Resistance

Ontology and Epistemology in ethics

Power and Trust


Resisting Oppression


Five: Exclusionary Politcs at Work

Insider/Outsider Identities

Bad Girl/Good Girl Sexual Power

Work and Economics

Working in the Family


Six: Towards “Living With”

Living with Uncertainty

Environment, Ecology, and Ecofeminism

New Images

Interpretive Drifts

Paradigm Shifts Toward Integrating Spiritual and Social Realities




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