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From trauma educator and somatic guide Kimberly Ann Johnson comes a cutting-edge guide for tapping into the wisdom and resilience of the body to rewire the nervous system, heal from trauma, and live fully.

In an increasingly polarized world where trauma is often publicly renegotiated, our nervous systems are on high alert. From skyrocketing rates of depression and anxiety to physical illnesses such as autoimmune diseases and digestive disorders, many women today find themselves living out of alignment with their bodies.

Kimberly Johnson is a somatic practitioner, birth doula, and postpartum educator who specializes in helping women recover from all forms of trauma. In her work, she’s seen the same themes play out time and again. In a culture that prioritizes executive function and “mind over matter", many women are suffering from deeply unresolved pain that causes mental and physical stagnation and illness.

In Call of the Wild, Johnson offers an eye-opening look at this epidemic as well as an informative view of the human nervous system and how it responds to difficult events. From the “small t” traumas of getting ghosted, experiencing a fall-out with a close friend, or swerving to avoid a car accident to the “capital T” traumas of sexual assault, an upending natural disaster, or a life-threatening illness - Johnson explains how the nervous system both protects us from immediate harm and creates reverberations that ripple through a lifetime.

In this practical, empowering guide, Johnson shows readers how to metabolize these nervous system responses, allowing everyone to come home to their deepest, most intuitive and whole selves. Following her supportive advice, readers will learn how to move from wholeness, tapping into the innate wisdom of their senses, soothing frayed nerves and reconnecting with their “animal selves".

While we cannot cure the painful cultural rifts inflicting our society, there is a path forward - through our bodies.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Kimberly Ann Johnson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Real world body wisdom

I've been a fan of Kimberly's pioneering work for years and this book truly is a crown of her work that draws from her rich experience of helping women resolve trauma and regulate their nervous system.

Call of the wild does more than brilliantly synthesize key concepts from the field of somatics and the work of Porges, Levine, van Der Kolk etc.

It carries the torch forward, into fine-tuned understanding of the (feminine) nervous system, and translates this knowledge into practical, understandable, usable, real world wisdom.

This book is informative, practical and poetic at the same time. It's oriented towards building authenticity rooted in the body and a sense of belonging to oneself. Towards having a felt sense of being true to your basic animal nature, but at the same time, being exalted in it.

I love it.

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Fabulous book!

Loved it. Beautifully articulated and well narrated book. Must read for trauma therapists. And everyone!

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For women - essential information

if you are new to the concept of listening to your body or if you are knowledgeable in the field... a new book presenting essential information.

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Everyone needs to read this book!

This book is revolutionary in the way in-depth subjects including our nervous system, polyvagal theory and somatic healing are broken down into terms that are easily recognised, processed and understood. Full of the most brilliant practical exercises, packed with interesting examples of how our bodies react to, hold and express traumas, aswell as numerous examples of simple, everyday ways to regulate the nervous system and bring more joy to life. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants more joy, more meaningful connection and more presence in every moment.

I am on my second listen already and the message is clear; we only have one go at this life, and reparation and abundance lies in our own hands. We don’t need to spend a heap of money on therapy or healing. There are simple, yet profound ways to sit with how we feel, shift it and be as authentic as possible.

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Buy it now. It will change your life for the better.

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I'm having such a hard time sitting through the wokeism. It's ruining the content. The author has swallowed far left narratives whole. I want to get the value of the subject matter, but I'm getting tired of puking in my mouth a little each time she assumes her subjective reality is true for the world. Enough with the politics. Trauma is personal and this book excludes trauma victims who don't outsource their thinking to the far left narratives being spouted by MSM today. This author is incapable of connecting with an audience that's outside her leftist echo chamber. Only 3 stars for being exclusionary and difficult to consume. I'm considering asking if I can return it and get my credit back.

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  • Michele Waterman
  • 24-05-21

This is a MUST read for trauma integration!

Holy smokes! I listened to Call of the Wild in 1 1/2 days while cleaning, organizing and gardening. Stopped to be in my body several times. The Call of the Wild is a priceless gift to my soul. It is every bit if not MORE important than Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk’s masterpiece The Body Keeps the Score. It’s going on my recommend list and now I am diving in to the hard copy. Thank you for sharing THIS vitally important roadmap for understanding how to integrate trauma, for bringing PEACE and wholeness to my BODY by helping me fully embrace every important aspect of my nervous system. And thank you for sharing the HOPE of what is to come from fully embracing myself—beyond the reckoning I know I will realize restoration, reclamation, and reimagine a whole new way of LIVING in the safety of my mind/body/soul. Deep bows for your courageousness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-21

Insightful and Magical

Absolutely amazing! So helpful and provides such great insights to connect mind body and soul. I recommend this to everyone!

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  • Brenna Geehan
  • 27-04-21

Life changing book

I recommend this book to all humans that are still stuck regardless of how much inner work they’ve done. This book gives you insight into some of the deepest patterning within that are extremely difficult to see. It’s a rare human that feels like they are truly authentic and knows how to express themselves verbally and physically whether it’s with family, in the workplace, or in the bedroom. This book will help you find yourself!

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  • Kaseybuxton
  • 26-04-21

best book ever

this guy loved it from beginning to end thanks Kimberly i live you and love you sister namaste love and light blessed for all beings eturnity .