An Exploration of the Relationship Between Fire Spinning and Mindfulness
Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Ragnar Storaasli, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Lavita Nadkarni, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Geoggrey Smith, Psy.D.
Mindfulness, Fire spinning
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Mindfulness practice has grown in popularity in the western world following the integration of mindfulness-based interventions in psychotherapy. New modes of mindful engagement continue to evolve. This study explores "fire spinning" (i.e., the purposeful aesthetic manipulation of a prop or instrument that is lit on fire) as a potential form of mindful practice. Qualitative interviews were obtained from six fire spinning artists. Five major themes were developed from analysis of the data: (a) Fire Spinning as a Mindfulness Practice, (b) Experiential States of Fire Spinning, (c) Relationship with Fire, (d) Function or Intention of Fire Spinning, and (e) Individual and Community Empowerment. These themes supported fire spinning as a legitimate form of mindfulness and further expand upon the idea of mindfulness and fire spinning as a unique mindful practice.
Darricarrere, Matthias, "An Exploration of the Relationship Between Fire Spinning and Mindfulness" (2019). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 359.
Empirical - Qualitative