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Being mindful as a phenomenological attitude
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (Care, Recovery & Health)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9714-577X
(English)In: Journal of Holistic Nursing, ISSN 0898-0101, E-ISSN 1552-5724Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to reflect on being mindful as a phenomenological attitude rather than on describing mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention. I will also explore the possibilities that being mindful might open up in relation to nursing research and holistic nursing. Design and Method: I will describe and interpret mindfulness as a state of being by means of van Manen’s phenomenological method, using the language of phenomenology rather than the language of reductionist science. Thus, this article can be considered a reflective narrative, describing both the process of orienting to the phenomenon, making preunderstandings—including own experiences of mindfulness—visible, and a thematic analysis of nine scientific articles describing the phenomenon. Findings: Being mindful as a phenomenological attitude can be described as a deliberate intentionality, where the person is present in the moment and open to what is going on, bridling personal values and accepting the unfamiliar, thus achieving a sense of being peacefully situated in the world, and able to apprehend one’s being-in-the-world. Conclusions: Being mindful as a phenomenological attitude can contribute not only to phenomenological nursing research but also support nurses’ presence and awareness

Keyword [en]
lived experiences, phenomenology, reflective narrative, van Manen
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36224DOI: 10.1177/0898010117724928OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-36224DiVA: diva2:1131307
Available from: 2017-08-14 Created: 2017-08-14 Last updated: 2017-08-14Bibliographically approved

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