Mindfulness, Graduate Studies, Meditation, Scholarship, Work-Life Balance
Graduate student life is generally awesome, but it’s a whirlwind. There are ideas to develop, papers to edit, students to assist, milestones to celebrate, CVs to build, money to make, and futures to think about. Tangled up in all of this, it can seem impossible or even irresponsible to stop, breathe, and reflect on what we are doing and why. Gradually, though, I have been letting myself believe that for either aspiring or actual scholars, it can be a bit reckless not to take reflective pauses. Below I offer my thoughts on a fairly recently popularized method of pausing called mindfulness meditation, and its potential impact for graduate students in our scholarly pursuits.
Nayha Acharya, "Scholarship from the Self: A Reason Among Many for Why Meditation Can Benefit Graduate Students" (2014) 22:2 FOCUS on University Teaching & Learning 6.