Writing and the Body in Motion: Awakening Voice through Somatic Practice
Cheryl Pallant is the author of Writing and the Body in Motion: Awakening Voice through Somatic Practice and several other books in nonfiction, memoir, and poetry including Ginseng Tango and Her Body Listening. An award winning writer who focuses on writing, embodiment, consciousness, and dance, she is also a somatic and writing coach, energy healer, dancer, and teacher. She inspires writers and creatives through her popular Writing From the Body workshops which she teaches throughout the U.S. and abroad. Learn more at cherylpallant.com.
Sensate awareness stirs the body awake, deepens how we inhabit each moment and, in turn, intensifies our language. Challenge yourself to step out of the maze of thinking and into the welcome breeze of your writing.
Applying somatic awareness to writing shows the intimate link and resonance between words and our body. We initiate an experience with the body and words with integrity, deep listening, and openness.
Resonant somatic writing arises from a coherence of mind with flesh, thought with motion, being with becoming, a complexity welcoming feeds from a multiplicity of sources. We write to be. We write to form being. We write as being.
Where are you from?
Who are you today?
Writer, poet, dancer, professor, meditator, Reiki practitioner, cyclist, hiker, a tango and yoga aficionado.
What do you do? (elevator speech)
I write. I dance. I teach at universities and lead workshops around the country and abroad. I ... sorry, this is my floor.
What's your story, how did you get here?
I got here through vision, sweat, luck. My preferred mode of transportation is my bicycle.
Why is creativity important to you?
The creative process captures essence. It affirms who I am and simultaneously lets me transcend myself. I step beyond the usual boundaries of culture and logic and engage with something larger than my individual self, something universal, soulful, numinous, and deeply satisfying.
When did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
The first time was in fourth grade when fellow students continually asked me to read my stories written for class. They also believed what I wrote, even if it was far-fetched. I realized the power of the written word early on.
How did you embrace it?
I wrote throughout high school and college. After grad school, I challenged myself to make it as a writer. Learning dance, which also took place in college, was pivotal. It provided another language, deepened bodily connections, and used another part of my brain. I've been going ever since, publishing books, articles, poems, stories, performing dance, and teaching.
How did that feel?
I'm grateful to feel a fullness of being.
Where has your journey taken you?
To Malaysia, Korea, and Hungary. To sitting on panels alongside Pulitzer Prize winners. To having the luxury to sit at my desk with a purring cat on my lap.
What challenges have you faced?
Life. An artist's path is wrought with challenges.
What worked for you?
Shifting my breathing and giving myself permission to experiment in my creative expression. I constantly draw on tools of mine like whimsy, humor, meditation, breathwork, somatic practices, dreaming, and good friends.
Not having a well-running computer or a sharp pencil.
What tips can you share with those starting on a similar path?
Familiarize yourself with the field and find a way to distinguish yourself. Trust your gut and get to know the ways the creative pulse courses through and communicates with you. Persist, especially in the face of doubt and indifference.
What are you working on now?
I'm soon to send out letters to potential reviewers for my latest poetry book and awaiting the publication of my memoir. I'm starting a nonfiction book on writing and the somatic connection.
What else do you desire/dream to do?
I want to landscape my backyard with a sitting and vegetable garden. I dream of winning a reputable literary prize.
How will you make that happen?
The landscaping desire is easy once I sketch a plan. The prize? Stating it here publicly is a first step.
Besides the arts, what inspires you and why?
Meditation. To be my true self and all my selves.
Cheryl Pallant is the author of Writing and the Body in Motion: Awakening Voice through Somatic Practice and several other books in nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. ...
Q&A with Author Cheryl Pallant
On creativity, process, and challenges along the artist's path.
Moving Into Writing and Sensate Awareness
Sensate awareness stirs the body awake, deepens how we inhabit each moment and, in turn, intensifies our language.
Resonant Writing as Somatic Path
We initiate an experience with the body and words with integrity, deep listening, and openness.
Synergetic Awareness in Somatic Writing
We write to be. We write to form being. We write as being.