By L. Todres
Drawing on a specific emphasis in the phenomenological culture as exemplified via Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Eugene Gendlin, this booklet considers the function of the lived physique as a manner of figuring out and being inside of 3 sensible contexts that illustrate many of the nuances of embodied enquiry: qualitative study, psychotherapy, spirituality.
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Extra resources for Embodied Enquiry: Phenomenological Touchstones for Research, Psychotherapy and Spirituality
This is because it 'opens up the whole vast implicit experiential level' (Gendlin, 2003, personal communication). 3 The Bodily Complexity of Truth-Telling in Qualitative Research When we talk to one another about the ways in which we have personally built meaningful knowledge that has both theoretical and practical implications, it often comes down to the experience of 'sensemaking' and how this 'sense-making' can be carried into the 'give and take' of shared life. Such 'sense-making' appears to be an ongoing and progressive, though not linear, practice.
The 'words' from 'embodied understanding' participate in a paradoxical quality: • On one hand, they forge a fruitful distance from the specific embodied occasion by allowing some generalities that are transferable across these occasions. • On the other hand, they remain responsively connected to the aliveness of the specific experiential occasions, inviting the bodily 'more' of participation. Such an emphasis would reframe the idea of 'essence' to be that of an 'authentic productive linguistic gathering'.
3 The Bodily Complexity of Truth-Telling in Qualitative Research When we talk to one another about the ways in which we have personally built meaningful knowledge that has both theoretical and practical implications, it often comes down to the experience of 'sensemaking' and how this 'sense-making' can be carried into the 'give and take' of shared life. Such 'sense-making' appears to be an ongoing and progressive, though not linear, practice. I would like to suggest that a consideration of 'sense-making' as a process in qualitative research may be a fruitful line of enquiry when pursuing the nature of truth in qualitative research.