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:
Insight Timer: https://insighttimer.com/
You can connect to Allan here: