This publication can be found online at http://awareness.media.mit.edu/pub/joyz.
Much of this is written by stream of consciousness.
Joyce’s Journal
Musings and reflections by Joyce Zhang. written for MAS.S68 Principles of Awareness course. Spring 2016.
Joyce Zhang

03/08/16, 17:34

Dealing with disappointment
During our fifth class meeting today, we talked about what “self-awareness” and “attention” mean to each of us. One colleague in the class remarked that self-awareness is not simply about being calm and happy. Instead, it also involves facing the disappointments in your life (e.g. career ambitions, relationships, etc.). This was helpful for me to consider as I’ve been dealing with a few disappointments recently.
Tenzin also remarked that meditation is not effective when you are sleep-deprived for stress. This is probably why I had such a hard time meditating the first time I tried this semester. I think before I try to master the art of meditation, I need to first fulfill Joi’s recommendation of sleeping at least 7 hours each night.

02/24/16, 20:31

Headspace Level 2
This time, I meditated for 10 minutes after exercising and showering. I was in a much better state of mind and was able to let my thoughts go more freely. Clearly sleep deprivation is harmful.

02/23/16, 00:31

Meditation at midnight
Meditating past midnight may not have been the best idea. I felt frazzled and consumed with thoughts of to-do’s and don’t-forgets and struggled to keep up with Andy Puddicome’s melodic British English. Maybe morning will be a better time for me to clear my head.

02/18/16, 23:18

#seniorspring and the perils of being a workaholic
It’s my last semester of college, and I can’t stop working. There always seem to be more things to accomplish and more relationships to build. For the most part, I love it. I love never being bored and feeling like I am driving toward meaningful goals. However, a tiny voice inside me tells me that this is unsustainable. At some point, I will crack just like Adele at the 2016 Grammy’s. Too soon? (In all due respect, she is one of my favorite artists, and I love her very much.)
People laugh when I tell them that my #1 new year’s resolution is to work less. This is actually incredibly difficult for me. Yet, I think it is paramount to balance work and relaxation, and I believe awareness is key to this. I mean, we all have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé, and look how much she gets done.

02/18/16, 23:05

Class goals
I have a confession to make. I haven’t kept a regular journal since the 10th grade. I stopped because I deemed myself too “busy.” Now I’m starting again during one of the busiest times of my life because of this class. Funny what the weight of homework can make people do.
My goals for this class are:
  1. Learn to meditate regularly and effectively.
  2. Sleep at least 7 hours every night.
  3. Hopefully as a result of #2, live a more productive and happy life.
Here’s hoping.
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Joichi Ito 4/6/2016
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Tenzin also remarked that meditation is not effective when you are sleep-deprived for stress. This is probably why I had such a hard time meditating the first time I tried this semester. I think before I try to master the art of meditation, I need to first fulfill Joi’s recommendation of sleeping at least 7 hours each night.
I need to first fulfill Joi’s recommendation of sleeping at least 7 hours each night.
How’s it going? I promise it helps!
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Joichi Ito 4/6/2016
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Private. Collaborators only.
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Meditating past midnight may not have been the best idea. I felt frazzled and consumed with thoughts of to-do’s and don’t-forgets and struggled to keep up with Andy Puddicome’s melodic British English. Maybe morning will be a better time for me to clear my head.
Meditating past midnight may not have been the best idea
Definitely agree that different people have different times of the day when it’s easier or more rewarding to meditate, but one thing I’ve been doing myself these days is to challenge myself to try when it doesn’t feel as easy. The few times that it has worked (and it is harder) it seemed to be more rewarding because it felt like it “stopped the train.”