Ease and swiftness of the movement between perceiving, sensing and thinking
Inner life seems to be spontaneous yet purposeful
The experiences and meanings that arose resemble improvisation where chance and purpose are intertwined
Observing : starts from the outer world, related to external senses
Thinking : topics are characterized by “inner talk”; indirectly connected to outer perceptions or inner sensations
Sensing : directly connected to inner awareness or sensations
Connecting : represents connectedness with others and the world, and a transfer from a bodily sensation to reflective thought.
Connectedness: How meanings are situated in our lived body .
Excerpts from data: Observing
“ The air in the studio is quite bad and thick, even though the door is open. The blinds on the windows are closed, and we are completely in our own world. Women together.”
“ There is a lot of tension in my forehead – as if my thinking action took place there . . . I realize how thoughts and concerns are located in my head – my forehead and face. How thinking generates tension in the face and in the muscles of the head. So, thinking blocks me. How could I be not thinking for a moment.”
“ I feel that my neck is tight and there is a point close to my throat in which it becomes difficult to breathe. Here I feel constricted . . . I feel that I am trying to retreat, to withdraw from being seen and addressed.”
“ I become warm and sweaty, energy is bubbling in me. Play arises from somewhere in my body.”
Meanings related to the body seem to bear special significance for dancers
They know through their bodies and about their bodies
They seem to be able to generate rich meanings based on their bodily experiences
Often these reflections are poetic and metaphoric in nature, and are related to existential questions and complex issues related to oneself, others and the world
Deriving meanings from bodily experiences can support self-understanding and personal growth
Sharing one’s own reflections with others can support mutual understanding and a more caring attitude towards others
Access to prereflective experiences may be a significant resource in all learning: a wider conception of learning and knowledge
Anyone can learn to “mind” their body
Why Mind the Body?
Strengthening the connection between different modes of consciousness is a matter of finding more complexity and clarity at the same time; it is one way towards a meaningful life