About MCHI Press

MCHI Press was formally established in July 2001. The founder, Rev. Dr. Lori A. Parker, was an Aikido Instructor with her own private school for over 30 years.  She retired from teaching Aikido in June 2021.  Dr. Parker is also an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest.  Additionally, she is a Certified Practitioner of one of the most exciting and effective methods of mind-body coordination – the Feldenkrais Method® – and a Practitioner of one of the most innovative and effective trauma resolution modalities – Somatic Experiencing®.

These four disciplines (Aikido, Zen, Feldenkrais and Somatic Experiencing) are, for Dr. Parker, all means of awakening – of becoming more conscious. Central to all four disciplines are the concept of awareness and potentiality. The Embodied Mindfulness Method™ is the culmination of Dr. Parker’s 25+ years of experience, and brings together these various approaches into one modality. The material published by MCHI Press, therefore, focuses on the importance of becoming more conscious (on every level: body, mind, spirit, soul), and seeks to help individuals discover/uncover their vast potentiality on every level of experience.

At MCHI Press, the words harmony, unity, integration, healing and wholeness are viewed as synonymous terms. We are dedicated to publishing materials which serve to help individuals, from all walks of lives and from all cultural and religious backgrounds, to integrate themselves and to awaken to the potential of their whole self.

At MCHI Press, we firmly believe that we cannot expect to produce harmony within society or among nations if we do not first look at the degree of disharmony within our own selves. And we cannot expect to produce harmony within society or among nations if we do not first look at the degree of disharmony within our own interpersonal relationships.

So, at MCHI Press, we look to the disharmony in the microcosm (in this case, the individual) to better understand the disharmony in the macrocosm. The “macrocosm” might be one’s interpersonal relationships, society as a while, of the nations of the world as a whole.

The microcosm/macrocosm schema seems to have originated in the ancient Greek notion that one could see the same pattern reproduced in all levels of reality. The same patterns, in other words, are repeated in all parts of the ordered universe, both large and small. The ancient Greeks believed that there was a tight inter-relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm in the human sphere.

Socrates said, “Must we not acknowledge that in each of us there are the same principles and habits which there are in the state; and that from the individual they pass into the state? How else can they come there?” How else, indeed?

Image showing walking the path of awareness.

"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?"

- Rumi

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