Mindfulness and the PhD Process

It’s the last episode of Season Two!

Allan Kilner-Johnson shares his own journey through his PhD and into his mindfulness practice.  Allan is a mindfulness meditation teacher alongside his work as a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research at the University of Surrey.

Allan proposes Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness as “the awareness of the present moment without judgment”.  

He offers a practical ‘anchoring’ exercise to help ground yourself in the present moment.

Allan encourages PhD students to embrace a contemplative perspective and think about what type of person they want to become through the process of undertaking a PhD.  He also prompts us to remember that, at its best, researching is an embodied practice that engages the full self.

The apps Allan mentions in the episode are:

Headspace: https://www.headspace.com/

Insight Timer: https://insighttimer.com/

You can connect to Allan here:



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