“Ginger Clark has created in fulsome fashion a book that is both personal and public at the same time, combining her own narrative with a painstaking description in her own terms of how that journey has led to where she is today. I am filled with admiration at how well she has described the subtleties of sensory awareness with an extended, candid exposition of how she used it to heal herself, and how anyone else who wants to, can heal themselves, too.
I was particularly impressed with the easy tones with which she makes public what could only have been a private journey, and the patient lengths she went to in trying to guide others toward experiences like hers. I see her book adding greatly and uniquely to the Charlotte Selver Foundation’s library of “the work”.
And I was bowled over by how homely (in the British sense of the word) and effective her presentation is in its private language of ‘her’ and ‘sweet’ (as well as her fondness for alliteration), all the while backing it up in academic ways with careful citations and acknowledged sources. The book is wonderfully homespun while holding the reader’s nose gently and firmly to the steps they can take if they want to soften and comfort themselves – to ‘tuck themselves in’.”
-William Littlewood, editor of “Waking Up: The Work of Charlotte Selver”
Every sentence I’ve read, every idea I’ve tried on, fits . . .rings true. I’ll be reading this book cover to cover. Ginger’s wisdom in listening to the self, “her”, resonates deeply with me. My interior life steps out into the sun more and more. No longer hiding in confused shame. “We” are beginning to accept each other. Being off balance, getting lost is an essential feature of being alive. Finding the way back home is the trick she is teaching us. It’s a lifetime skill. Feelings matter!
I hope this book finds its way to everyone who wants to feel whole, authentic and “sweet” again. I will see to it that our local library gets a copy. My friend, a family therapist has a daughter who has just written a book on body image for girls. This is a resource she should have in her tool box.
Ginger’s warmth and concern and yes, love for those of us split from our true selves is the bedrock of all she has to tell us, to teach us.
-Pat Sharp, graphic designer, master gardener
Learning how to self-soothe, re-center or ‘tuck yourself in’ during difficult moments is an important skill that few of us learned to do in an optimal way as we grew up. Dr. Ginger Clark has written a fascinating approach on how to develop this crucial skill for your own moments of discomfort, or to help those you care about. Her approach combines her background as a therapist, her knowledge of body-mind-spirit methods, and her vulnerability and courage as a human being who has worked hard for many years to find self-soothing and re-centering steps that are effective and do-able for people from all walks of life.”
-Lenard Felder, Ph.D. author of “Here I Am: Using Jewish Spiritual Wisdom
to Become More Present, Centered, and Available for Life”
I love this book. It is totally congruent with my own journey in somatic body psychotherapy (which I am a practicing practitioner of). I am most impressed with the readability and personal quality of the book. I love how the author cites her sources and inspirations such as Sensory Awareness via Charlotte Selver. It also reminds me of authentic movement in the respect it brings noticing the difference between an ego action and being moved by something deeper. The love and relationship that Ginger supports towards our self is absolutely perfect. I can think of no better book on the topic. Let the war with our feelings and body end so that we can awaken to our true potential.
-David Garbacz, somatic therapist
If you are one who has been disappointed with your therapist(s), never feeling you were making any progress, this is the book for you. If you were like me and were never able to be completely honest with your counselor because you feared shame or embarrassment, this book is for you. With this book, one is free to look deeply and honestly into one’s past, present and future, uninhibited by fear of exposing one’s self to another, dare I say . . . human. Perhaps after reading this book you might be ready for seriously sitting down with a trained therapist and actually make progress. Regardless, you will have a deeper understanding of your “bodyself”. I recommend starting with Part II as a way of jumpstarting an adventure of understanding. Try it. You won’t be disappointed and the experience may change your life.
-Joe Sullivan, retired Airline Pilot