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Early Career Mindfulness Council (ECMC)

Early Career Mindfulness Council (ECMC) - Mindful Writing Group (MWG) was founded in 2019 as a subcommittee within Arizona State University’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. The goal of ECMC - MWG is to foster the career of mindfulness scholars and bring mindfulness practices to all early career professionals. This group 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. 

Dr. Dara James, Edson CONHI Postdoctoral Scholar and Center Affiliate serves as the Director the Mindful Writing Group (MWG). 

The MWG sessions are held six days a week, with a total of 10 sessions per week. Each session lasts two hours and includes a guided mindfulness practice. All MWG session are open to doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars/fellows, early career academics, and any academic-oriented individual with an interest to attend!

The detailed format of MWG sessions is as follows: attendees join via Zoom (all session are hosted via Zoom), session facilitators invite attendees to set a writing goal and a mindful goal for that particular session, once each person has set their goals/intentions, the facilitator leads a 5-minute mindfulness practice. The group (average attendance 10 individuals) then writes/works in silence—with Zoom audio paused, video optional. At the end of each session (15 minutes prior to the second hour), the facilitator invites attendees to “return” to the group and unmute to share and debrief about their writing/working and mindful goals. All sessions are closed with another 3-5-minute mindfulness practice. At present time, MWG has had over 70 participants from more than 20 states and 4 countries (United States, Canada, Germany, Argentina). 

For more information, please contact Dara.James@asu.edu