New Meditation & Spirituality Research

I am always proud to contribute to evidence on the interconnectivity of mind-body and spirit for health and wellness, especially when I can publish with my students!  This research on meditation and health has just been published with @SpringerNature in peer-reviewed Journal of Religion and Health (JORH).  “Spiritually focused meditation practices appear to increase the… Read More New Meditation & Spirituality Research

Now Available: Contemplative Social Research

Bentz, V. M. & Giorgino, V. (2016)  Contemplative social research. Santa Barbara, CA: Fielding Press. Newly released, this edited scholarly work includes chapters on infusing research and scholarship with embodied, including Luann Fortune’s chapter, Retracing the Labyrinth, which describes her application of actual labyrinth walking to support indepth analysis in phenomenological research. To view an… Read More Now Available: Contemplative Social Research

Soon to be Released: Contemplative Social Research

Contemplative Social Research, edited by Valerie Bentz and Vincenzo Giorgino (University of Turin), brings together 11 chapters from scholars around the world on theories of self, mind, culture, and society. The University of Lodz, the University of Basque Country, the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona as well as Drexel, Claremont, Saybrook University, and U. of Pennsylvania… Read More Soon to be Released: Contemplative Social Research

This recording of a body scan exercise was a research tool for the self-study on use of body-scan technique for somatic awareness (Fortune, 2011). Fortune, L. D. (2011). Essences of somatic awareness as captured in a verbally directed body scan: A phenomenological case study. In R. L. Lanigan (Ed.), Schutzian Research: A Yearbook of Worldly… Read More

Embodied Research Techniques

Today I was fortunate to participate in a Labyrinth Workshop conducted by Turning Point Consultants (see This group has introduced a wide range of populations to labyrinth as a tool for completive practice and healing. Setting aside the profound personal experience I enjoyed, it reminded me of the power of labyrinth walking as a discernment… Read More Embodied Research Techniques