Mindfulness, or paying attention on purpose in the present moment, can serve as a tool for qualitative researchers as they navigate the research setting and data collection. In this article, I provide an overview of mindfulness and suggest ways to incorporate mindfulness as a data collection tool. To demonstrate how to apply mindfulness to qualitative research, I share my personal experience in incorporating a mindfulness practice into data collection as part of a phenomenological study and what I learned in the process. In doing so, I offer an actual practice that researchers can incorporate into the research process as a means to attune them to the present moment to deepen self-reflexivity and enhance trustworthiness.
Mindfulness, Qualitative Research, Methodologies, Data Collection
I would like acknowledge and thank the reviewers for their suggestions and changes, which greatly improved the final version of the manuscript. I would also like to acknowledge Dr. Joan Rentsch who introduced me to the mindfulness practice, a practice that transformed both my research and my life.
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Lemon, L. (2017). Applying a Mindfulness Practice to Qualitative Data Collection. The Qualitative Report, 22(12), 3305-3313. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss12/14