Title

Synesthesia and the Phenomenological Experience: Implications for Ecological Mindfulness and Beginning Scholars In Science Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2015

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

School

Education

Abstract

Phenomenological experiences based on an openness to the synesthesia of natural environments are a powerful pathway to the development of erotic relationships with and within a place. These relationships are beneficial for beginning scholars and those taking new jobs who find themselves adapting to a new place and career. First, I describe the value and formation of erotic relationships and how they can be constructed through synesthesia and the phenomenological experience through my understanding of the ocean Other. Second, I describe how I have used mindfulness and lived experiences in the natural world to mediate the demands of being a new faculty, and how these provide a pathway to develop and foster relationships that are mutually beneficial and conserving. Among other sustaining qualities, mindfully experiencing natural phenomena reduce stress and increase mental function and emotional well-being. These experiences also connect us with the larger community, where we gain a sense of belonging, more readily establish roots and reasons for care of the Other that sustains us.

Publication Title

Cultural Studies of Science Education

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

215

Last Page

227

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