Study Guide + Resources

Embodied spiritual practice is a way of relating to ourselves and the world around us by opening ourselves up – not just to the joy and happiness we experience, but opening to everything – all of our messy life-stuff, all of our sadness and grief, all of our vulnerability. It’s a courageous, heart-wrenching path at times, but what we come to is Truth: The Truth of what’s alive inside of us, the Truth of who we really are.

If embodied spiritual practice is of interest to you, here are some resources for further study. May these serve.


 Joi Sharp – I love her talks about what “being” might feel like. How can we soften into the field of devotion and spiritual practice in a way that serves both ourselves and others?



Interview on Buddha @ the Gas Pump

 Bliss + Grit Podcast – “How do we ultimately embrace everything – all the beauty and crazy, the joys and the messes, the bliss and the grit that is a human life?”

 –Bliss + Grit Podcast

 Jeannie Zandi – Pure love, pure being.

Writings and other info

Interview on Bliss + Grit

John Lockley – Traditional African Sangoma (Shaman), adopted into the Xhosa tribe. Earth-based wisdom that grounds us in the present – what’s it like to smell the air… to watch the birds? What’s it like when we slow down to feel our hearts beating?

John’s book, Leopard Warrior

Interview on Bliss + Grit


Interview on Buddha @ the Gas Pump

Judith Blackstone – Clinical psychologist and creator of the Realization Process, a somatic meditation practice.

Audio Course

Interview with Judith on Liberated Body

Dharma Ocean – Somatic Meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist lineage, led by Reggie Ray.

Somatic Meditations

Podcast with Reggie Ray

Adyashanti – Any Youtube video of his will be great but the one below is good to start.


Interview on Buddha @ the Gas Pump

Book: “Way of Liberation

Liberated Body Podcast – Interviews with and for Body Nerds: movement enthusiasts, manual therapists, anatomy geeks, and anyone interested in the bodies we live in. Hosted by my mentor Brooke Thomas (a prolific podcaster, to be sure).

Liberated Body Podcast

On Being with Krista Tippet: “On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.”



Pema Chodron – Buddhist nun and phenomenal teacher. Any book is sure to be wonderful but the one I loved is linked below.

Book: “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change”

Tara Brach – American Buddhist teacher and psychologist.

Audios + Video



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