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Table of Contents
                            TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
CHAPTER 1: LET THE BODY OUT
	AN ENFLESHED THEORY DANCES
	WHAT HAPPENED TO BODY KNOWLEDGE?
	REMEMBERING YOUR FIRST LOVE
CHAPTER 2: SOLITUDE AND PHYSICALITY
	HORIZONTAL INQUIRY AND SABBATH
	EMBODIED PRACTICES
CHAPTER 3: WAKING UP TO THE SENSUOUS
	LANDSCAPE OF OUR BODIES
	SENSUAL ART OF LIVING AND BEING
	LIVING ROMANTICALLY
	LIVING EXOTICALLY
	IN PRAISE OF HIPS
CHAPTER 4: WRITING FROM THE BODY
	WOMB-STUDIO AND WRITING
	RETURNING TO THE BREATH
	WALKING INTO WRITING
	LAMENT AND WRITING
	MOVEMENT AND WRITING
	GETTING UNSTUCK
	WRITING FROM OUR VULNERABILITIES
CHAPTER 5: LISTENING AND THE BODY
	LISTENING AND THE SENSES
	THE BODY AS MUSE
	LISTENING TO OUR PASSION
	LISTENING AND INSIGHT
CHAPTER 6: THE BODY AND PARADOX
	GRAVITY AND LEVITY
	BODY AND THRESHOLDS
	KNEE WISDOM
	DANCING INTO GUIDANCE
	STERNUM TO SKY
CHAPTER 7: AN ECOLOGY OF THE BODY
	DANCING IN THE ALPHABET OF CREATION
	WE ARE MADE OF STARS AND SCARS
	LIVING FROM SKIN, STONE TO SKY
	RETURNING TO THE EARTH’S INTELLIGENCE
CHAPTER 8: BODYWARD
	THE BODY IS NOT POLITE
	JUMPING OFF
	DOMECSTACY
	VISCERAL CREATIVITY
REFERENCES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
                        
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Embodied Inquiry

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CHAPTER 3

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say. To see the world through the hips’ eye certainly would give a whole new
meaning to the word hipsters.

I’m here to invite you to bring all the parts of our bodies to what it means to
live and be present to ourselves and others. The hips have been marginalized
and have wisdom waiting to be discovered. We can handle the hips for sex,
but what about the pure enjoyment of walking. How many of you luxuriate
in sauntering? What every happened to strolling? In fact as you are reading
this, perhaps you should just go out for a stroll – slowing your steps down
and taking in the world through all your senses.

We can’t seem to celebrate curves, the juicy, lively place where light falls
and shifts in the circles of flesh. I stand in praise of hips, in praise of the
pelvis. Here one may find centre, the place that truly carries us, no doubt
the place where we give birth, experience wonder of union. Hips are strong
and big enough to sustain our torsos, round and curvy enough to welcome
the stresses of life and delicious enough to be touched and caressed. What if
we just lived more deeply into our pelvises? I invite my students to discover
their hips, perhaps for the first time. This is pelvic inquiry! What is the
ramification of a culture that has lost its centre, whose centre of the body
is in the head or the throat. We are out of touch with the emotional, the
intuitive, and the bold beauty of surprise. Let us call back the hips as a space
of wonder. Let us inhabit the hips and pelvis as old friends, and let them
guide us home. You don’t need to go on an all-inclusive trip, you just need to
come home to the body.

All can be an invitation into sensuous living. The practice of living
sensuously in all of life is a practice towards deeply honouring our sexuality
and creativity. The fecundity of our sexual lives can ebb and flow. Whether
we’re involved in a sexual partnership or not, each day, we can drink the
juices of what life has to offer us. We can revel in the making of luscious
meal. We can luxuriate in writing a variety of forms, as lovemaking. We
are lovers in the world, called to engage with its ideas, words, colours and
wonder. And here our words may emerge with a kind of aliveness we might
never have thought possible.

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WAKING UP TO THE SENSUOUS

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BODYPSALM FOR CELEBRATING THE SENSUOUS

You are a juicy orange
papaya split in half

mango on fire
wrapped in the luxuriousness

of a wo/man with flesh and heart
tender and strong

waiting to be honoured
by your own deep soul.

It is the life-force
energy of life itself – eros of day

the pulsing blood of vibrancy
running through your cells

enlivening the fabric of your being
which is the ground of your sexuality.

Here is the template
to embrace your own temple

the widening one of love
living in your solar plexus

connected to the creation of the universe.

It is not the breasts, chests,
vagina, penis that holds your sexuality

but what rises within you
and works in harmony
with your dear body

You can so easily confuse the
outer as the source of beauty

and the entrance to sexual aliveness
when you are being awakened

from a much deeper centre
and your sensual knowledge

calls you home
to the delight of presence
the wind on your chest

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REFERENCES

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Snowber, C. (2016). Wild tourist: Instructions to a wild tourist from the divine feminine. New
Westminster, BC: SilverBow Publishing.

Snowber, C., & Gerofsky, S. (1998). Beyond the span of my limbs: Gesture, number and
infinity. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 14(3), 39–48.

Tagore, R. (1997). The heart of God: Prayers of Rabindranath Tagore (Selected and edited by
H. Vetter). Boston, MA: Tuttle Publishing.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Celeste Snowber, Ph.D. is a dancer, writer, poet and educator, who is an
Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University
outside Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Her essays and poetry have been published
extensively in various journals and chapters in books and she is the author
of Embodied Prayer and co-author of Landscapes in Aesthetic Education.
Her most recent book of poetry is Wild Tourist published in 2016. Celeste
has pioneered embodied ways of inquiry within arts-based research and
curriculum theory and ways of writing from the body within the academy
and is a sought after mentor for graduate students. She is the recipient of the
2016 Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service in Canadian Curriculum
Studies. Celeste continues to create/perform site-specific work in connection
to the natural world and has created several performances at the threshold
between land and sea. She is presently the Artist in Residence in the UBC
Botanical Garden where she is creating performances of dance and poetry
in each season. She has also performed a full-length show including
dance, humour and voice entitled, “Women giving birth to a red pepper.”
Her love of improvisation fused with dance and voice takes flight in these
performances, which connect the depth, absurdity and beauty of life together.
She is the mother of three amazing adult sons and lives with her husband
in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, B.C. Her website can be found at
www. celestesnowber.com and blog at www.bodypsalms.com.

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