Your Body Mandala: A Guide to Posture, Perception and Presence
WHO AM I?
I’m Mary Bond, and I’ve been studying the body and the body-mind connection for over fifty years. I want to share what I’ve learned as broadly as I can, acknowledge my teachers, and pay it all forward. My third book, Your Body Mandala, is my way of doing that.
WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?
Your Body Mandala will help you trade habits stressed out and crumpled up, for habits that let you feel bigger, more expansive, more expressive and powerful. As you access your body’s innate wisdom, you free the real you that lives beneath that accumulation of tensions that have built up over the years.
You’ll learn how a newly researched body organ called fascia shapes your posture and gathers sensory information. And how your brain maps your habits of posture, perception and presence. You’ll experience the presence of your spine as never before, and feel how releasing tension in your jaw and face can impact the ease, flow and confidence with which you walk through a room.
Interwoven through Your Body Mandala are reflections from my own body awareness journey. I share the way body sensations have helped me know myself, have helped me become stronger and more confident, and have helped me stay mobile and stand tall as I age.
I want it to reach you in paper and electronic versions with streaming video and audio files accessible right from the book. That way I can guide you through the meditative exercises. I want reading and sensing to be a seamless experience for you. There are 34 audio files, and 13 short videos, plus over 60 evocative artists’ drawings.
What if you could feel more optimistic, confident and powerful just by tuning in to a sensation in your body? What if that simple sensory cue brought you into more comfortable, relaxed posture at the same time? That’s what I’m offering in my new book: specific physical cues—cues that are unique to you—that let you feel more centered, more grounded and more at ease in your life.
WHAT WE NEED:
My Kickstarter goal is $20,000, which will pay for
- Editing $1700
- Book Designer $8000
- Layout & Production $5000
- Video and audio production $4000
- Art $8500
- Printing and Distribution $TBD
- Kickstarter / Amazon Payments Fee $2000
If this campaign succeeds beyond my wildest dreams, I will use any extra funds to record an audio version of Your Body Mandala, and help set up my online Body Mandala school—a forum for working with me in person. I plan to do this anyhow, but extra funding will make it happen even sooner.
Risks and challenges
I want to make the paper book and the ebook available at the same time. This means lots of people doing things that must jive precisely in order for the result to be as sterling as I envision. I’ll have artists, a videographer, sound engineer, designers and copy editors. I'll also be coordinating the printing, legalities and more. An unplanned event in anyone’s life could slow down the production. I’ll have to be okay with that if I want to walk my talk!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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