The value of somatic learning

People can often name instances when their bodies communicate to them, whether it be a panic attack brought on by stress, a “gut” reaction to a racist comment, an upset stomach while contemplating complaining to a teacher or boss, or being drained and exhausted from an intense encounter. So why do people tend to ignore the body as a site for learning? This may be a result of the Western privileging of mind over body. The focus of learning and education is “a change in a mental state, from one of ignorance, to one of knowledge…” (Merriam, Caffarella, & Baumgartner, 2007, p. 190)

For this Discussion, review this week’s readings, specifically the article “Learning Through the Body” by Tammy J. Freiler. Also, review the ideas presented in this week’s video by Dr. Keen.

Post by Day 3 a response to the following questions:

What do you think is the value of somatic learning? To what extent do somatic learning experiences influence adult learning? Justify your opinion.
Have you experienced spiritual knowing? What were the circumstances? How did it feel? What did you learn or know as a result? If you have not experienced spiritual learning, what have you heard or read about this topic? What did you learn?
What role do you think spirituality and somatic knowing should play in adult learning? Do you believe that these alternative forms of knowing should be encouraged in adult education settings? Explain.

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