The power of planning: Embrace mindfulness and prioritize with ease

The power of planning: Embrace mindfulness and prioritize with ease

By Kimine Mayuzumi In a world that seems to revolve around deadlines and outcomes, I’ve found myself immersed in enlightening dialogues with clients about the power of planning.  One question, in particular, lingers in my mind:  “How do you navigate planning when it tends to make you become outcome-oriented?”  Echoing the ethos of our “Be mindful, Trust the process, Let go of outcomes” philosophy, this query on planning is especially relevant in today’s fast-paced world,…

3-minute guided meditation after writing

3-minute guided meditation after writing

By Kimine Mayuzumi   Some time ago, I created an audio for guided meditation before writing, and it touched the lives of many, helping them set the right intention for their writing sessions. Recently, it was a reader’s comment on that guided meditation that inspired me to take a step further. The reader, like many of us, longed for a way to wrap up their writing sessions, to savor what they had achieved, and to…

Why (my modified version of) Morning Pages works for me

Why (my modified version of) Morning Pages works for me

By Kimine Mayuzumi Before I started Morning Pages Writing has been a part of my healing system. Yet, it was sporadic for a long time. Looking through my old journals, I was actually writing only when I was angry and frustrated. I wanted to vent about all the things that made me feel like a victim. So many of the records in my old journals make my life then sound quite miserable even though I…

Squeezing octopuses into a jar: The struggles and triumphs of writing

Squeezing octopuses into a jar: The struggles and triumphs of writing

By Riyad A. Shahjahan I love writing conceptual pieces. Such pieces help surface the questions or disconnections I feel as I am impacted by real events in the world. It’s like cooking my favorite dishes and tasting the distillation of flavors after a long arduous process. Yet, the process is always messy and tends to be a journey plagued with inadequacy. “Persuading an octopus in a jar” (p. 181) emerged as one powerful image in…

What kind of ‘methodological lifestyle’ do you want as a scholar?

What kind of ‘methodological lifestyle’ do you want as a scholar?

By Riyad A. Shahjahan A couple of years ago, a doctoral advisee was at the crossroads of what he could explore for his future dissertation. During the meeting, my brilliant Michigan State University colleague, Lynn Fendler, asked: “what kind of methodological lifestyle do you want to live? Do you see yourself engaged in talking to people? Do you see yourself analyzing images?” Lynn basically suggested going beyond the usual linear approach: reading the literature, developing…