Seeking spirituality through physicality in schools: learning from ‘Eastern movement forms’
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
MetadataShow full item record
This paper argues that we might learn from the ways in which Eastern movement forms with a self-cultivation focus approach the development of spirituality through physicality. It also argues that these movement forms have potential to assist in the development of children’s spirituality in school and Physical Education (PE) settings. First, the paper highlights a distinctive orientation to self-cultivation at the heart of which lies a focus on uniting body and mind through regular movement-based practice. Next, differing relationships between these movement forms and spirituality are identified as: fragments of established religious spirituality; spiritual exercise; and secular religious spirituality. Finally, three common pedagogic principles of these movement forms are highlighted and applied to the school and PE context: identifying self-identity and emotions; prioritising direct experience and changing the body-self through practice. It is suggested that these understandings of self-cultivating Eastern movement forms may help sensitise educators to approaching the cultivation of spirituality through physicality in schools using, not only Eastern movement forms but also Western activities delivered in accordance with these principles.
International Journal of Children's Spirituality
Brown, D.H.K. (2013) 'Seeking spirituality through physicality in schools: learning from ‘Eastern movement forms’', International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 18(1), pp.30-45.
This article was published in International Journal of Children's Spirituality on 21 March 2013 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1364436X.2013.776521
- Sport Research Groups 
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
Brown, David (Springer, 2016-06-30)The discipline of Tai Chi, rooted in the Taoist tradition, has much to show us about the development of spirituality through movement. This chapter outlines an alternative perspective on relationships between religious and ...
The (Re)Emergence of a Religio-Spiritual Self-Cultivation Focus in Asian Martial Arts Monographs Published in Spain (1906–2009) Pérez-Gutiérrez, M.; Brown, David; Álvarez-del-Palacio, E.; Gutiérrez-García, C. (Taylor & Francis, 2014-08-12)This article presents one analytical theme emerging from a bibliometric and content analysis of an annotated bibliography, compiled by the first author, comprising 1564 Asian martial arts monographs published in Spain ...
Eastern Movement Forms as Body-Self Transforming Cultural Practices in the West: Towards a Sociological Perspective Brown, David; Leledaki, Aspasia (Sage Publications, 2010)Unlike the spectacular diffusion of modern Western sporting forms, Eastern movement forms (martial arts, Eastern dance, Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, etc.) have been quietly entering the fabric of everyday Western ...