A 20-25-minute video essay (English) in a storytelling manner presents the case how Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception delivered a novel sense and comfort to me and encouraged me to grasp the essence of my feelings after I tested positive for COVID-19 and lost my sense of taste and smell in early May this year.
From an auto-ethnographic perspective, I will focus on illustrating the earthly bodies and earthly delights in a time of crisis and exploring how phenomenology can ease the distress of this particular epidemic. These narratives will include what struggles I experienced in terms of sensation and how I retrieved the sense of being grounded. Autoethnography as an approach will help me to describe and systematically analyze my personal encounters to understand the structure of my lived experience. This approach often challenges canonical ways of doing research and representing others and treats research as a political, socially-just, and socially-conscious act. A researcher normally uses tenets of autobiography and ethnography to do and write autoethnography. Thus, autoethnography is both process and product.
Keyword: body schema, situational spatiality, belief, emotion