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Early Career Mindfulness Council (ECMC) was founded in Spring 2019 as a subcommittee within Arizona State University’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. ECMC provides networking, resources, and training for anyone within 10 years of their terminal degree (student or professional) interested in studying or practicing Mindfulness anywhere in the world. The goal of ECMC is to foster the career of mindfulness scholars and bring mindfulness practices to all early career professionals.
ECMC hosts video conferencing writing/working groups that start with goal/intention setting, then a short meditation followed by 1.5 hours of working in silence, and ends with a group debrief and another short meditation with a focus in self-compassion and gratitude. During summer 2019, 11 people participated in these writing/working groups for a total of over 90 attendances. Participants joined from New York, California, Maine, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Arizona.
ECMC also hosts gatherings in Phoenix, AZ with live videos chats available. During these gathers, members are encouraged to network, form collaborations, share mindfulness practices, and enjoy the company of other mindful scholars.
In the 2019-2020 academic year, ECMC will introducing a workshop series (in-person and web-based) on popular topics for early career scholars. Such topics include research methods and design (qual, quant, and mixed methods), time and energy management, mindfulness 101 (science and practice), academic writing, mentorship, software program trainings (SPSS, MPlus, NVivo, Atlas ti, and EndNote), and many more. If you have ideas for a workshop you would like to attend or lead please let us know!