Haletudsen i Urhavet og andre betragtninger - en fænomenologiskundersøgelse af hvordan mindfulness gøres i praksis
Author(s)Wallin, Sara Linnea
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AbstractThis thesis is an explorative study of how mainstream mindfulness is made through practice. With it, I try to examine how secular, non-religios and western-based individual make sense in the practice of mindfulness. I ask the raise the question: By looking at the embodied systems of meaning that occurs in a group of peers, based on their experience with mindfulness – how can we understand mindfulness as a cultural practice? So by looking at how a group of peers: all individuals based in a secular setting, and all obese, makes sense of the practice, I explore what mindfulness is as a culturally situated phenomenon. The results of the study was that the meaning that occurred around the phenomenon mindfulness was, that it can be seens as a space to search for an ‘authentic self’, that might or might not be there in order to understand their own being-in-the world. The mindfulness practice also calls for the non-religious individual’s need for a space to explore existential questions of life and death. In this way mainstream mindfulness practice can be seen as an escape for the secular individual, to search towards meaning in life, through self-awarness and awareness in genereale. But it can also be seen as a situated practice, that occurs in it’s local context, and might be meaningfull in different ways, from practice to practice.