Over the years now I’ve been interviewed on radio and podcasts a number of times. I’ve had fun every time.
This interview with Chris Cole, though, I believe is my favorite so far and that’s because he went straight to what is most important to me at this time in my work. That is the idea of how we are embodied beings and more precisely we talked about that in terms of what I’ve come to call the “somatic imperative.” When I first came up with that term it fit my experience so precisely I’ve started using it all the time. I googled it the first time I used it and it’s not a term that’s been used before. Still, I’ve found that many people resonate with it strongly when I use it and Chris and I had a great conversation that begins with this idea.
The other reason this interview is special in my mind is because Chris and I see things from different vantage points and yet we still have so much in common. I LOVE that. Chris uses the system and has a psychiatrist. He also is comfortable using the DSM diagnosis (while recognising its issues). I’ve been gravely harmed by psych drugs and don’t go near the system. And I do not give much credence to DSM diagnosis. We understand that we can have very divergent experiences and still find much common ground.
Here is the interview:
The link to Chris Cole’s website here (Includes Chris’s comments about the interview that are not included here): The Somatic Imperative with Monica Cassani
MORE ABOUT THE SOMATIC IMPERATIVE AND SOMATIC PROCESS ON THIS SITE
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For quick reference see:
- The somatic imperative and meditation – By Monica Cassani
- Somatic mysticism: reframing “hypersensitivity” – By Monica Cassani
or for a more inclusive collection of articles about what we discussed:
Here is a PDF I put together as a companion piece. This can be downloaded by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the PDF image.
Monica Cassani, Somatic Imperative, etc
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