I love the word “ease”. Let’s call it “easy without the judgement”. Let this word conjure up going with the flow, leaning into the support of the universe, and an inner state of calm that allows for productivity and excellence without the buckle down, the grit, or the fight. Consider that ease might be possible, as a doctoral student, and beyond. How, you say? Start by paying attention to your habits. Notice your body’s knowledge of when stress is around the corner, and consider pausing there, or altering your course. Develop a warning bell for when you begin to resist, and then gently consider the reason. Minimize drama, whether inside or outside yourself. Consider that the benefits of allowing ease might, in the end, help you to make the world a better place. I would love to have you join me on my own journey to cultivate ease in the world of academia. (Gasp!).