There is a growing body of research indicating that resilience is something that can be cultivated. Here are some ways of doing so.
The better you’re able to learn from your experience, let it go, and move on, the better you’ll be as a lawyer.
You get to define for yourself how you want to practice and what kind of lawyer you want to be.
For attorneys, focusing on self-care and wellness isn’t being selfish. It’s necessary.
Let’s face it, lawyering is difficult. We all have days where it feels as though the ground beneath us is about to give and we’re spiraling out of control. When you feel this way, what coping mechanism do you use to feel grounded again? Practicing mindfulness allows us to pause, reflect, and respond from a place of calm rather than reacting.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that practicing mindfulness is good for you. It helps to decrease the impact of stress on your body, allows you to manage anxiety better, and lowers blood pressure and a host of stress-related psychosomatic symptoms. The list of what mindfulness can do seems to be growing daily.
As I tour around the country, traveling to dozens of cities, giving talks, having one-on-one meetings with lawyers, and engaging in honest dialogue about life as a lawyer, one common theme I see is this: too many of us are living a dream that wasn’t meant for us.
Here are some answers to common questions and concerns lawyers have about meditation.
Ready to give meditation a try? Here are some instructions.
A few years ago, I went to an all-day meditation retreat for women at Green Gulch. Most of the day was spent in silence, in meditation, in reflection, practicing mindfulness. When you take away the ability to talk, I find that all of my other senses come alive. I look, I listen, and I feel more attentive.