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Early Career Mindfulness Council (ECMC)

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. 

  • In January 2020 the ECMC hosted a Webinar on grant writing for early career academics with Guest Speaker Dr. Laura O’Dell Professor of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at El Paso.
  • In October 2020, Dr. Sophia Town presented a webinar on writing a literature review quickly and efficiently. This presentation was designed for PhD students and junior faculty.


Mindful Writing Group (MWG). The MWG sessions are currently held six days a week, with a total of 10 sessions per week. Each session lasts two hours for a total of 20 hours a week of supported writing groups with guided mindfulness practice at the start/close of each session. 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, we have had over 70 participants from more than 20 states and 4 countries (United States, Canada, Germany, Argentina). Dr. Dara James, Edson CONHI Postdoctoral Scholar and Center Affiliate currently serves as the Director the MWGs.