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Currents is the annual journal of The Body-Mind Centering® Association, Inc. and offers professional writing in the field of somatics. The journal's content reflects the depth and breadth of the Body-Mind Centering work and includes articles and case studies about working with infants, children and adults and applications of BMC to yoga, dance, and teaching movement. It also contains photos, artwork, and poetry expressing varying aspects of somatic states.
This year's theme is Our Animal Roots. Our human nature is the expression of millennia of evolution from earlier forms, from the one-celled creature to the span of species. Our behavior, our instincts, and our physical features reflect our development from ancient patterns of living. How are we experiencing our direct ancestors today? How can we feel the support of their experience? How are we the same and different? As humans, how do we attune ourselves to animals and to our biological past-through developmental movement, touch, voice? Are human brains really "superior" to those of animals? Do animals attune themselves to us, or vice versa, as in animal therapy? Does our awareness of our animal roots offer the possibility of change in our consciousness, our brains, our parenting, and educational systems? How do violence and non-violence in human and animal worlds teach us? How does the metaphor "ontogeny capitulates phylogeny" enrich our somatic research? How can Body-Mind Centering be helpful to animals and in the discovery of our animal roots? How does awareness and knowledge of animals enter into the performance arts?
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2019 Currents Open Issue will be out soon! Stay tuned!
The value of the Open Issue is twofold: first, to provide a broad platform for the sharing of ideas that speak directly to the author and where somatic writers may place the diverse richness of their work. Second, for the pleasure and the mystery of “serendipity” that has been proven, in the end, to create a “theme.” Through the opening flows a current that finds itself at our Journal doors. Our doors are now open, so let the wide world in and move something our way. Always drop us a line if you have any suggestions for the future.
THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE CURRENTS’ THEME FOR 2020: EQUILIBRIUM AND BALANCE
For further information on 2020 theme contact Currents Editor, Kate Tarlow Morgan
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 musculo-skeletal 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.
Important Dates for 2020 Currents submissions
Feature length abstracts to be considered: June 1-August 15, 2019.
Final Drafts: November 1, 2019.
Short pieces, poems, visuals, and ads: October 1, 2019.
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