Mindfulness & Bodyfulness: A New Paradigm


  • Christine Caldwell Naropa University


mindfulness, bodyfulness, contemplative practice, mindfulness research, embodiment, somatic psychology


The word mindfulness, though it has been used for centuries, may be both poorly defined and poorly used. Though the word connotes mental processes, the construct often includes embodiment practices such as yoga, sensory tracking, conscious breathing, tai chi, and qi gong. This can generate confusion, conflation, muddled research, and an anti-somatic bias. The author proposes the invention of a new term, bodyfulness, in order to centralize the often marginalized voice of the body in therapeutic, empirical, sociocultural, and contemplative practices.

Author Biography

Christine Caldwell, Naropa University

CHRISTINE CALDWELL, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder and former director of the Somatic Counseling Psychology Program and Dean of Graduate Education at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, where she teaches and researches in the areas of somatically-based counseling, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work, called the Moving Cycle, spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, fully sequenced movement processes, the opportunities in addiction, contemplative movement practices, and a trust in the authoritative knowledge of the body. She has also taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Concordia University, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches, and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles, chapters, and performances, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back and Getting In Touch.


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