This introduction situates How to Land: Finding Ground in an Unstable World as an interdisciplinary book that weaves together the fields of phenomenology, cognitive studies, contemporary politics, and somatic education to demonstrate how moving is linked to thinking. It foregrounds the questions that provoked the original inquiry such as: How are our bodies affected by repeated images of falling bodies, bombed-out buildings, and displaced peoples, as well as recurring evocations of global economies in “free fall,” governments “dissolving,” health disasters “spiraling” out of control, and ice caps “melting”? and What kind of fear gets lodged in our neurological system when we live with an underlying anxiety that certain aspects of our world are in danger of falling apart? In addition to giving synopses of each chapter, the introduction introduces two important conceptual triads: the 3Rs of responsiveness, resistance, and resilience; and the 3Ps of perception, practice, and politics. The introduction presents the experience of embodiment as a critical methodology which can transform moments of personal disorientation and national crisis into opportunities to reflect on the critical relationship between individual resiliency and communal responsibility. Physical skills have metaphysical implications, and these can guide our corporeal sensibilities as well as our ethical responsibilities.
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