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Currents - Journal of the
Body-Mind Centering® Association
Currents, Journal of the Body-Mind Centering® Association, Inc. publishes professional writing from the field of Somatics, offering scholarly and creative texts unique to the body-mind experience. For more than two decades, the Journal has maintained a rich archive of the depth and breadth of Body-Mind Centering®. We also welcome fresh research and embodied documentation from other expressive forms of somatic movement education and healing. Authors are encouraged to submit philosophical or physiological essays, practical applications, case studies, interviews, book reviews, or poems, written in English and in other languages. It is our distinctive editorial tradition to work closely with both beginning and advanced writers as they develop their submissions. Each year, two essays are chosen for peer review. Lastly, Currents’ commitment to “embodied design” is reflected in a beautiful layout of contributors’ original photos and artwork.
Teaching (Taecan) and Transmission (Transmittere)
We invited our 2023 contributors to tap the roots of these two etymologies to illuminate the process and the products of their teachings. We welcomed diversity in philosophy, pedagogy or practice, as well as the sharing of original systems, guided experiencing, or simply singular breakthroughs and life-altering enlightenments. Transmission sets the stage with good chemistry, safe environs, and being open to receiving; Teaching tackles the subject, the plan, and the method. The ancient connection between teaching and a metal coin reflects that knowledge, in its many forms, is shaped or stamped into us; we are the token (taecan/deik) in-hand, carried along, and then passed on to the next set of hands. Thus, the currency of the teacher is built around the magic of transmission.
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2024 Currents Theme Announced!
The yin and yang of embodied substance and the energy of organizing principle. How do we incorporate our ‘organic’ experience into our lives, as living organisms? How is this reflected in our internal experience of ourselves and our external experiences of the world: our relationships, our work, our play, our understanding of our history and our memories? Many people say that BMC enabled them to find their organs for the first time, while some somatic modalities emphasize only skeletal system, nervous system, and muscles. How do we integrate ourselves more fully? What does it mean to be organized, or self-organizing? We are living in contexts that have been organized by others, sometimes to our benefit and sometimes to our detriment. How can we organize ourselves and how can we organize our external realities to re-organize when this is needed, both personally and societally? How can the matrix of community be a form of fluid organization that modifies and supports our existence? And how can we fit organically into the larger context of biological life on Earth?
General thought that connects us to archiving in community:
1. Definitions for organic, Organ work, Organ consciousness. The fulcrum, keystone, concentrate.
2. Definitions for Organization. Organizational work and organizational consciousness. The matrix, web, map.
What does it mean to be organized? What does it mean to be an organization? What happens when the organization grows a history and how can we steward that history within the community of the organization?
Submission details and deadlines:
We welcome all Somatic Movement People who wish to contribute in words, photos, sketches, diagrams. For more information, questions, or text delivery, contact our editor, Kate Tarlow Morgan at email@example.com.
Dates for Spring 2024 publication are as follows:
- Feature length abstracts to be considered: July 1–September 15, 2023.
- Final Drafts: December 1, 2023.
- Short pieces, poems, visuals, and ads: October 1, 2023.
Submit all materials to:
BMCA Journal c/o Kate Tarlow Morgan
Marlboro, VT 05344
ConCurrents is a quarterly e-newsletter for members, the BMCA board and committees, and the BMC® training programs to share news, photos, writing, and updates. It is a vehicle for keeping members in touch all around the world, and to celebrate our development and achievements as a community. Members may access and download all back issues of ConCurrents online.