Practices for Embodied Living

Experiencing the Wisdom of Your Body

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In The Wisdom of Your Body, registered psychologist and award-winning researcher Hillary McBride explored the ways many of us inherit a broken understanding of the body and offered a more compassionate, healthy, and holistic perspective on embodied life. In this follow-up book, McBride takes the principles of The Wisdom of Your Body and puts them into action in practical, tangible ways.

Practices for Embodied Living offers an experiential guide--centered on prompts, activities, and opportunities for reflection--to support readers who want to practice embodiment. This approachable, visually stimulating book helps individuals and groups resist cultural myths about ideal bodies, get in touch with the goodness of their bodies, and more fully inhabit themselves.

Topics include disembodiment, stress and trauma, sexuality, body image, pain and illness, oppression, and more. Each topic includes various exercises to help readers restore the mind-body connection.

An Invitation to Be Here Now
1. Fully Alive: Exploring Embodiment
2. How We Become Disembodied: Lies about Our Bodies, and How to Find Our Way Home
3. The Body Overwhelmed: Healing the Body from Stress and Trauma
4. Appearance and Image: How We See Our Body from the Outside
5. Feeling Feelings: Getting to Know the Emotional Body
6. You Are Not Broken: A New Perspective on Pain, Illness, and Injury
7. The Body and Oppression: When Bodies Are Political
8. Pleasure and Enjoyment: The Sensual and Sexual Body
9. Holy Flesh: Reconciling the Spirit and Body Divide
Conclusion: Practices to Return to Ourselves
Appendix: A Leader's Guide


Praise for Hillary McBride

"No single leader has impacted my concept of healthy embodiment more than Hillary McBride. Her work fundamentally changed the way I talk about, think about, treat, and cherish my own body. We will be talking about McBride's work for decades."

Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author of Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire and Of Mess and Moxie; host of the For the Love podcast

"Hillary McBride is the gentle and powerful voice that calls us back home to ourselves."

Kate Bowler, Duke Divinity School; author of No Cure for Being Human

"I am grateful for Dr. Hillary McBride, who has the ability to bring together both the spirit and the body through research and her personal experience to show us how our body can also be our teacher."

Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation

"McBride is not only informative but encouraging and vulnerable."

Arielle Estoria, poet, author, and artist

"McBride's insights are a gift."

Kaitlin Curtice, author of Living Resistance

"Hillary is such a worthy guide, the kind you can trust in the most dangerous wildernesses of your body and soul and mind."

Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist, editor of the New York Times bestseller A Rhythm of Prayer

"Hillary McBride has this magic in her personal life and clinical work that disarms you. She gives you insights, keys, and practices to fall in love with yourself."

Lisa Gungor, musician, author, and co-conspirator of Sacred Feminine

"Hillary McBride has changed my life through her combination of powerful intelligence and extraordinary tenderness."

Mari Andrew, author of My Inner Sky

"McBride's words are a gift to the world."

Ruthie Lindsey, speaker and author of There I Am

The Author

  1. Hillary L. McBride, PhD
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    Hillary L. McBride, PhD

    Hillary L. McBride (PhD, University of British Columbia) is a registered psychologist, an award-winning researcher, and the former host of the Other People's Problems and the Holy/Hurt podcasts. She has a private practice in Victoria, British...

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