Getting to why? Contemplative practice as reflection on intentionality

Show simple item record Wessels, Francois 2015-11-30T07:11:09Z 2015-11-30T07:11:09Z 2015-08-31
dc.description.abstract In my experience, conflict and other forms of being stuck or (as it is commonly referred to in narrative texts) ‘stuckness’ are related to actions, behaviour or events. If we consider a narrative paradigm, they happen in the realm of the Bruner’s ‘landscape of action’. Efforts at escaping these problem-saturated experiences mostly resort to replacing these actions, habits, modes of operation or rules with a different set of rules, without first reflecting on the intentionality or ‘why’ behind the actions. Most often this only serves to perpetuate the problem. This article will attempt to show that alternating between various initiatives in the ‘landscape of action’ provides only temporary respite to the problem, if any; that the intentionality behind these actions needs to be revisited and that contemplative practice facilitate such reflection on intentionality. This is therefore an exercise in reflecting on intentionality or even purpose, that is, a teleological question. This process traverses the dimensions of ‘what’ (actions), ‘how’ (methodology) and ‘why’ (intentionality), referring to the biology of human decision-making in the process of doing so. This article posits that this reflection may be facilitated by contemplative practices such as mindfulness and reflecting on soul. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Wessels, F., 2015, ‘Getting to why? Contemplative practice as reflection on intentionality', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(1), Art. #2701, 7 pages. 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2701. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2701
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Problem-saturated stories en_ZA
dc.subject Intentionality en_ZA
dc.subject Contemplation en_ZA
dc.subject Landscapes of consciousness en_ZA
dc.subject Landscape of action en_ZA
dc.subject Landscape of consciousness en_ZA
dc.title Getting to why? Contemplative practice as reflection on intentionality en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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