Knowing through the felt-sense: a gesture of openness to the other

Watson, Jacqueline (2013) Knowing through the felt-sense: a gesture of openness to the other. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 18 (1). pp. 118-130. ISSN 1364-436X

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Abstract

In the discussion of children’s spirituality and education, David Hay and Brendan Hyde place emphasis on the felt-sense. Originally identified by the psychotherapist Eugene Gendlin, the felt-sense is a way of knowing that involves attentiveness to the body and body wisdom. Although emphasised by Hay and Hyde, the felt-sense does not feature strongly in the academic discussion of children’s spiritual education. This article compares Gendlin’s use of the term ‘felt-sense’ with that of Hay and Hyde, and discusses understandings of the felt-sense and body wisdom gathered through interviews with focusing, shiatsu and yoga practitioners, and through the author’s encounters with these practices. The article considers synergies between the notions of ‘felt-sense’ and ‘bildung’, as described by Gadamer, and concludes that their shared openness to the other points to ‘a way of being’ for the educator which may hold the greatest value for spiritual education, given the complexity of post-secular spiritual identity.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
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Depositing User: Julie Frith
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2012 15:48
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 16:12
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40598
DOI: 10.1080/1364436X.2012.745393

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