Today, another great interview from On Being. This time it feels like a ‘turning of the tables’: Krista Tippett interviews Tami Simon from my other favourite podcast, Sounds True. The show is titled: Inner Life at Work. I’ve had good reason to reflect on my work of late, on the physiological and psychological effects of environment, people and the socio-political realities that are inherent in workplaces, and indeed any gathering of people.
Tami Simon is the publisher and CEO of the multimedia publishing company Sounds True and hosts a weekly podcast series called Insights at the Edge.
“…Something I learned specifically from Reggie Ray in … meditation training, [which] was so helpful to me in meditation practice and also in meetings and in every situation really, a long business dinner that's going on for four hours. What I've noticed is that I come into the front of the body.
So that means when I say come into means like my energy, my attention is more forward and there's even a sense of kind of leaning forward and it's the sense of like pushing my agenda. And there is a somatic correlate to that energetic of pushing forward and I've got something to say and here's how we should do it and I know the right way. All of that comes from being in the front half, if you will, of the body and pushing forward. It's going to be this way.
I notice when I bring my attention back so it's just sort of in front of the spine or even further back, back, back, there's actually this creation of room once again to receive other people. And the ideas that are somatic architecture, meaning how we are in our body actually creates a state of being that communicates so much to other people…”You'll find the podcast here.