1st Edition

Arts and Mindfulness Education for Human Flourishing

    306 Pages 28 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 28 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume explores the role of arts and meditation within educational settings, and looks in particular at the preventive and developmental function of the arts in educational contexts through different theoretical perspectives.

    Encompassing research from an array of disciplines including theatre, psychology, neuroscience, music, psychiatry, and mindfulness, the book draws insights relevant to a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary fields. Chapters are divided into thematic sections, each outlining praxes and emphasising how educating within and through the arts can provide tools for critical thinking, creativity and a sense of agency, consequently fulfilling the need of well-being and contributing towards human flourishing. Ultimately, the book focuses on the role the arts have played in our understanding of physical and mental health, and demonstrates the new-found significance of the discipline in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    With its interdisciplinary and timely nature, this book will be essential reading for scholars, academics, and post-graduate researchers in the field of arts education, creative therapies, neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness.

      Part 1: THE CREATIVE MIND Section editor László Harmat 1. A dual model of mindfulness and flow, shared neural substrates – with a specific focus on individual sports performance László Harmat and Anna Herbert  2. Flow synchronization and shared emotions, towards understanding collective flow experience Timea Magyaródi, Bengt Köping Olsson and László Harmat  3. Creativity and health: artistic experiences as wellbeing Nick Ponsillo, Stephen Clift and Tatiana Chemi  Part 2: THE SENSORIAL MIND Section editor Elvira Brattico  4. Music, mindfulness and meditation – A neuroscientific account Mark Reybrouck and Elvira Brattico  5. Music for Hedonia and Eudaimonia During Pandemic Social Isolation Niels Chr. Hansen  6. The impact of orchestral playing on children’s lives M.C. Fasano, E. Brattico, I. Siemens, A. Gargiulo, M.L. Kringelbach, C. Semeraro and R. Cassibba  7. Health Care, Incarceration, and Arts-Based Practices Anu Mitra and Tamara White Part 3: THE EMBODIED MIND Section editor Tatiana Chemi  8. Visiting Death and Learning to Live Through Theatre in Military Education Tatiana Chemi and Kristian Firing  9. (Re)Centering the Body: Bodyography, Autonomy as Pedagogy, and Human Flourishing The Bodies Collective  10. Human Flourishing through Dance Practice Meghedi Vartanian, Shahrzad Khorsandi, Luisa Sancho Escanero, Cristina Acedo-Carmona and Julia F. Christensen  11. Exploring the use of a visual model: Are we dancing together? Alison Neilson Part 4: THE COLLECTIVE MIND Section editor Lone Overby Fjorback  12. Literature for human growth through our own lense Lone Overby Fjorback, Anshu Varma, Sará King and Katinka Gøtzsche  13. The Neuroscience of Ethics - Does Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness Training Make you a Better Person? Selma Quist-Møller, Sará King and Lone Overby Fjorback  14. Human Rights and Ethics as a Spiritual Practice Sará King, Selma Quist-Møller and Lone Overby Fjorback  15. Arts as aesthetic education: understanding the challenges related to citizenship Rannveig Thorkelsdóttir, Hanna Ólafsdóttir and Íris Ellenberger


      Tatiana Chemi is Associate Professor of Educational Innovation, Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University, Denmark and Visiting Associate Professor, University of Chester, UK.

      Elvira Brattico is Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark.

      Lone Overby Fjorback is Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Danish Center for Mindfulness, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark.

      László Harmat is Associate Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Department of Psychology, Linneaus University, Växjö Sweden.