Elizabeth ‘Anne’ Kinsella is a Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Anne’s research is in the areas of reflective practice, mindfulness, practical wisdom, embodiment, occupation and ethics in health and social care professions. Anne has been practicing various forms of mindfulness for over 25 years.
Reflective Journal Writing to Support the Integration of Mindfulness Practices
Saturday, May 2, 2020 — 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This session will focus on the use of reflective journals as an approach to support the integration of mindfulness practices into daily life. Relevant literature will be discussed, and examples from a recent educational practice, and phenomenological study, within a higher education context will be discussed.
Qualitative examples drawn from a study that invited students in a health and social care professional education program to employ reflective writing while learning about and developing mindfulness practices will be shared with the group. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to experience reflective writing as an approach to exploring their own mindful practices.
The session will also provide opportunities for small and large group discussion regarding the experience of reflective writing, and the potential affordances of reflective writing as a means for supporting the integration of mindfulness practices in everyday life.
- Participants will learn about the affordances of journaling to support daily mindfulness
- Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a reflective writing exercise focused on the practice of mindfulness
- Participants will hear exemplars of reflective writing about mindfulness, from a phenomenological research study related to journaling and mindfulness practice, and have the opportunity to discuss these in relation to their own experiences