From the Grip of Depression to a Newfound Euphoria for Living
I situate this chapter in a familial experience involving my ex-husband (Piotr). I tell an impressionistic tale of how two of my identities came together and how what I learned through mindfulness research informed our (Piotr’s and my) efforts towards improvement of Piotr’s emotional wellbeing. Since it touched me on a very deep level, the story has become the most compelling evidence of how mindfulness practices can mediate wellness. In this powerful first-hand experience, Piotr and I appear to be successful in putting to the test Davidson’s theory that mental exercise may assist in altering our emotional styles. It also afforded Piotr and me learning about our selves. Central to this story is the meaning of compassion and its enactment. I conclude the chapter by advocating the need for conducting research by educators as a means to reflecting on and mediating their practice.
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