WRITER & ARTIST.
Please call me by my true names, so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once, so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
My Ngoc To was born in Vietnam, in a small town located one hour south of Saigon, and raised outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Her name, pronounced “ME knock,” means beautiful pearl in Vietnamese. Her family nickname, "Buoi," means pomelo.
Coming from a deep Buddhist lineage, My Ngoc is an experienced Vipassana meditator. She began teaching mindfulness out of a desire to share the many benefits of her personal practice with others. For the last two years she has taught mindfulness for the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion and Koru Mindfulness workshops at Harvard.
My Ngoc is currently completing a Masters in Social Work from Simmons University. She received her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Harvard University, and her focus moving forward is on investigating how mind-body practices can help communities heal from collective and historical trauma.
In her role as research coordinator for the Cambridge Health Alliance, she has spent several years guiding the MINDFUL-PC study which focuses on integrating mindfulness programs into healthcare settings. The results of this multi-phase randomized-controlled-trial have been published in the Journal for General Internal Medicine.
WRITER & ARTIST
My Ngoc is a published author of The Washing Room, a creative non-fiction account of inter-generational trauma and inter-generational resilience based on her narrative of growing up with refugee roots in a Vietnamese-American community. She has also published creative works in The Guardian, the Huffington Post, and the Harvard Advocate.
From her years of working in her parents' nail salon, My Ngoc has developed a strong love and taste for color. She feels a strong connection to plants and believes that flowers are happy when tickled lightly with a finger. She used to have a pet axolotl named Harold. She believes in not taking herself too seriously, and her motto for life is: Have Fun!