This paper is a description of collaborative research that was done together with students during the class “Contemplative Sociology. Experiencing Self, No-Self and the Lifeworld.” The goal of the research was to introduce the students to the contemplative methods that could be used to research lived experiences and the vision of the lifeworld through contemplation of the mind, bodily sensations, and emotions. A project was started on experiencing the cemetery space. The space for experiencing was chosen to sensitize the students to concerns (such as death, religious holidays, everyday life, suffering, etc.) that could be investigated from the first-person perspective by using contemplation as an alternative to survey-sociological methods, psychological methods and ethnography. The students learned the contemplative techniques of meditation, body awareness, self- observation, and self-description to face their concerns, including the ultimate ones. However, the main concern was the role of the mind, body and emotions in cognition and creating the mood.
contemplation, grounded theory, lived experiences, emotions, bodily sensations, cemetery, self-descriptions
I would like to thank my students for participating in this research project. I am also grateful to Mark Muirhead for his invaluable help in preparing the last version of the paper.
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Konecki, K. T. (2021). Experiencing The Space: Visiting Cemeteries On All Saints’ Day and an Ordinary Day. The Qualitative Report, 26(3), 832-860. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4332