On African Ascendance, Body Acceptance, and Somatic Experience

Authors

  • Dominique M. Brown Miami University

Keywords:

African diaspora, embodiment, contemplative practice, embodied somatic practice, somatic movement practices, Black womxn

Abstract

This article provides a brief background on a contemplative practice, a poetic narrative around the practice, followed by directions for the practice itself. The practice explored in this article centers the lived experiences and wisdoms of African ascendants (Dillard, 2012, p. ix). African ascendants refer to anyone who identifies or experiences the world as Black, African American, Afro Latino/a/x, Afro Caribbean or belonging to the African diaspora. Our bodies carry norms, cultural traditions, spiritual practices, and ways of being that have been demonized, othered, policed, politicized, and oppressed in a variety of ways. This practice is an attempt to marry ourselves back to our embodied experiences in a way that is gentle and communal. It brings together somatic movement practices (brown, 2019, p. 275) with narrative and storytelling.

Author Biography

Dominique M. Brown, Miami University

Dominique M. Brown is a holistic educator focused on promoting the wellbeing of womxn in the African diaspora. She specializes in cultivating womanist healing practices for and with Black womxn. She trained in Somatic movement practices, as well as a Movement Trauma Healer.

References

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Brown, D. (2018). On currere, storytelling, and body-positive curriculum. Currere Exchange Journal, 2(2), 30-34.

Baszile, D. T. (2017). On the virtues of currere. Currere Exchange Journal, 1(1), vi-ix.

Berila, B. (2014). Contemplating the effects of oppression: Integrating mindfulness into diversity classrooms. The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 1(1), 55–68.

Published

2022-04-19