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Book Review: 'Bodied Mindfulness: Women's Spirits, Bodies and Places'
The book 'Bodied Mindfulness: Women's Spirits, Bodies and Places' is a comprehensive analytical and scholarly book that provides the spiritual, social and cognitive perspectives to explore topics central to women's development in the modern age.

AUTHORED BY Winnie Tomm, the book deals in depth with issues like the concept of spirituality; women's bodies; cultural constructions of women's sexuality in language, sexual ethics; sexual contract in politics and at work; and their relation with nature and culture in a comprehensive way.


According to the author, spirituality and social change need to be integrally related to each other and the women liberation efforts that are supported by spiritual experiences of integration promote human dignity as well as social equality. Tomm holds that women need to bring a vital spirituality to feminist social criticism in order to resolve these issues and increase their power to promote social justice and ecological balance.

Drawing its strength from diverse sources of infornation, including Buddhist, shamanist and feministliterature, the book published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press delivers a powerful and empowering account of women's spirituality.

An interesting feature of the book is that it under plays the abstract theorizing of the various concepts and tries explicitly to connect theory with the realities and experiences lived by women. Left to themselves, women are capable of living deeply in their bodies while strengthening their relation to human and non-human matter and energy aspects of spirituality.

This 355-page book suggests that away from the male dominance and patriarchy, women need to bring vital aspects of spirituality to feminist social criticism in order to resolve these issues and increase their power to promote social justice and ecological balance.

The book can be of great interest to feminist scholars and scholars of women studies and religious studies. Also, a book can be of immence value to pedagouges who whish to feminise various disciplines of study.


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