Exploring tranquility: Eastern and Western perspectives

Vincent Ringgaard Christoffersen, Borut Skodlar, Mads Gram Henriksen*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde
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Although tranquility is a fundamental aspect of human life, the experiential
nature of tranquility remains elusive. Traditionally, many philosophical,
religious, spiritual, or mystical traditions in East and West have strived to reach
tranquil experiences and produced texts serving as manuals to reach them.
Yet, no attempt has been made to compare experiences of tranquility and
explore what they may have in common. The purpose of this theoretical study
is to explore the experiential nature of tranquility. First, we present examples
of what we consider some of the most central experiences of tranquility
in Eastern and Western traditions. For the sake of simplicity, we sort these
examples into four categories based on their experiential focus: the body,
emotions, the mind, and mysticism. Second, we offer an exploratory account
of tranquility, arguing that the different examples of tranquility seem to share
certain experiential features. More specifically, we propose that the shared
features pertain both to the content or quality of the tranquil experiences,
which involves a sense of presence and inner peace, and to the structure
of these experiences, which seems to involve some degree of detachment
and absorption.
TidsskriftFrontiers in Psychology
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2022


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