Category Archives: Anxiety & Struggle

A New School Year & Taking Care of Ourselves: Eliminating Excess

A new school year is approaching and we are often swamped by a mix of emotions – Overwhelming feelings Nervousness Excitement Feeling upset We feel overwhelmed by a huge list of courses and teachers we know almost nothing about – … Continue reading

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Cultivating Academic Humility (Part II): Allaying Anxiety

Have you ever had the experience where you are so sure of an erroneous understanding that you practically persist and argue to hold on to it in light of counterarguments? Often, in the classroom, I observe students that are so … Continue reading

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Cultivating Academic Humility (Part I): The Doorway to Curiosity, Innovation, & Passion

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” –Albert Einstein. It is no coincidence that one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century spoke these words. Hearing Einstein’s name often conjures up the … Continue reading

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On Struggle (Part 3): In Conversation With Struggle

In the my last article, On Struggle (Part 2): Embracing the Evolving Mind, I promised to post my meditation on understanding struggle and embracing the evolving mind. Today’s post is primarily a video containing a meditation with the background image … Continue reading

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On Struggle (Part 2): Embracing the Evolving Mind

At the core of productive struggle is a practice in which the mind accommodates new experiences and ideas by first allowing room for the questioning, and if necessary, loss of pre-existing notions. This practice is simply represented in the following … Continue reading

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On Struggle (Part I): Befriending Struggle

Struggle. This one word often invokes frustration, annoyance, and hopelessness among students. But why? I always ask my students: What’s so bad about struggle? Tell me about it! What’s the big deal?  In fact, I just asked these questions to … Continue reading

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Test Anxiety Meditation II: Decluttering the Mind and Heart

NOTE: Those of us who are not students can use this by substituting test anxiety with extreme nervousness during high pressure situations (public talks, meetings with a boss, high-pressure deadlines at work, etc.) In high pressure situations, such as exams … Continue reading

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Exam Anxiety Meditation I

NOTE: Those of us who are not students can use this by substituting test anxiety with extreme nervousness during high pressure situations (public talks, meetings with a boss, high-pressure deadlines at work, etc.) I had promised that I would post … Continue reading

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Welcome to Learning In Stillness!

Welcome Learning In Stillness Readers! Peace and Love, Payal Patel

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