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Reclaiming Vitality and Presence

Sensory Awareness as a Practice for Life

Written by Charlotte SelverAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Charlotte Selver and Charles V.W. BrooksAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Charles V.W. Brooks
Edited by Richard LoweAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Richard Lowe and Stefan Laeng-GilliattAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Stefan Laeng-Gilliatt
Foreword by Norman FischerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Norman Fischer

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This book captures the essence of Charlotte Selver’s practice of Sensory Awareness like no other publication. It is an invitation to experience life firsthand again, as we did when we were children. In a culture where we have grown accustomed to accumulating knowledge from teachers and experts, it is rare to find a book that actually invites us to trust our own senses again. It is the authors’ intent to give back to the reader authority over his or her own experience and learning processes.

Much of the book focuses on reviving the senses in order to open the mind and body to direct learning. The book imitates an actual Sensory Awareness class, involving the reader as a student, guiding him or her along a journey with and through the senses to a way of living that is in accordance with the natural functioning of the human organism in its environment.

The range of explorations include a renewed connection to the support of the earth as a foundation for trust; the central role of gravity for our health and for finding orientation in life; a study of breathing that promotes health and vitality; and connecting and interacting with other people. A handbook to a more genuine and connected way of living, the work is also a beautifully crafted account of Sensory Awareness, showing these profound teachers at work with their students and with the reader.


“This is a wonderful and welcome expansion of a true classic. It teaches us Charlotte’s and Charles’s remarkable way to be genuinely alive.”
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

“Only by bringing awareness back to our senses can we renew the forgotten empathy between the human body and the breathing Earth. Charlotte Selver and Charles Brooks were the great pioneers in this work, inviting us to drop beneath the churning of thought into the intimate silence of our rapport with the textures and tastes of the real.”
—David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous

  • Reclaiming Vitality and Presence by Charlotte Selver and Charles V. W. Brooks
  • April 24, 2007
  • Body, Mind & Spirit - Personal Transformation
  • North Atlantic Books
  • $19.95
  • 9781556436413

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