Mindfulness for Life
Navigating a PhD with curiosity, kindness & joy
Intentions behind this blog
First of all, there isn't anything I choose to do in my life that I would describe in those ways. Secondly, the topic of my thesis is mindfulness—so pursuing a PhD on this topic with this framing just didn't make sense to me.
But the more I was told this, the more it made me wonder what a mindful PhD might look like. Mindfulness is not only the focus of my research, but an integral part of my life. The practice is woven into the fabric of everything I do. For me, integrating mindfulness into the overall daily approach of pursuing my PhD seemed not only natural, but also ethical and imperative for my mental health.
The aspiration behind this blog is to bring awareness for myself to this journey and to share the experience of attempting to navigate a PhD on mindfulness with mindfulness. This isn't to claim that I will never suffer or experience being overwhelmed, isolated and in pain during this process. But it is to set an intention to meet these feelings with kindness and care, and to transform them so that I can also experience joy and happiness as part of this five-year adventure.
A little bit about me
I attended my first retreat with Nobel Peace Prize nominee, scholar and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) when I was ten years old. Since then, I've been interested in the translation of mindfulness practices into daily life. I am currently pursuing a PhD researching the potential application of mindfulness in healthcare settings and teaching as an instructor at the University of Toronto's Applied Mindfulness and Meditation Certificate program. I spent a year as the international program coordinator for Wake Up Schools, an initiative founded by Thay to bring mindfulness into education. If you want to know more about me check out my bio here!
Try out a mindfulness practice at the end of each post!
At the bottom of each blog post I have included a mindfulness practice that relates to the content shared in the post. These practices come from a variety of sources, the main one being the tradition of Engaged Mindfulness, founded by my teacher, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, scholar and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.