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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.
2020 Currents - EQUILIBRIUM AND BALANCE
Equilibrium is defined as “the condition of a system in which all competing influences are balanced.” The human physical sense of equilibrium relies on our senses -- visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive -- and our musculoskeletal system working together, along with reflexes and brain processing. Dr. Adriana Pees says that inter-equilibrium “is defined as the potential space in which a dialogue can occur between one movement and another. It is in this between place that gradations of movement are established and are able to reorganize for the next action or even the choice to rest.” Balance is an interplay with gravity of all kinds. Ultimately, effective balance accommodates physical asymmetry when necessary, but may assist “smooth sailing” of the psyche as well. Currents Journal 2020 invites essays, writings, poems, artwork, case studies, and choreographic documents that invite a somatic dialogue with Equilibrium and Balance. This theme was chosen to work in tandem with this year’s BMCA Conference theme entitled “Self and Other,” another balancing act of great importance.
The 2020 digital and print issues are now available in the BMCA store for purchase.
2021 Currents - Process
Available in Spring 2021!
Process is defined as “a series of actions directed to some end or a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner.” This may take place in the physical world or on the more intangible level of unpacking emotional issues or thinking through a problem. The original meaning of the word comes from the Latin “course” or a “sequence.” However, Middle English evolved the word towards the idea of a “journey” and a ‘’procession,” which conjures images of movement from one stage to the next. Also, “pilgrimage,” “parade” or “festival” leads us through beginning, middle and end towards transformation. For artists of all kinds, Process is involved in developing the creative outcome, just as developing new skills or letting go of old habits. The healing process aims to bring us to a sense of well-being. Ultimately, Process operates on all levels—the cellular, the planetary–telling the travelers they are going somewhere.
2022 Currents Now Accepting Submissions
The Annual Currents Theme is presented to you for jogging memory, sparking an idea, or creating a solution, not necessarily for thesis or subject matter.
INCITE’/IN’SIGHT is the theme for Currents Journal 2022. These two words may move in opposite directions, and with different stress on their syllables, but can in fact be used together. INCITE has motoric implications, an outward-directed focus intended to be activating and stimulating. To incite is a provocation to action. The word “cite” in Latin means “to call,” thus, the “in” in “incite,” invites “call in” or “call out”). INSIGHT on the other hand, has perceptive implications, to "see" inwardly more clearly, to reflect. With the “calling out” of INCITE and the “seeing into” of INSIGHT, both words can serve separately as broad-stroke inspirations or else lead to each other, and together, be integrating.
For further information on the theme or submissions contact Currents Editor, Kate Tarlow Morgan
Important Dates for 2022 Currents submissions
Early Summer June 2021: Abstracts or contacting Kate to brainstorm ideas.
Summer: Writing Time & Stay in Touch
September 1: Send Solid First Draft
October 15-November 1, 2021: Send Final Draft
December-January 10: Careful Copy Edit
February: Currents Goes to Print
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.
- Sample issue from July, 2015