If Lawyers Can Thrive by Meditating at Work, Anyone Can
Need some proof that meditation and other spiritual practices are useful, not flakey at work? Need REALLY PRACTICAL stuff like how to get through everyday challenges like too much to do, too little time, too little appreciation or support?
Look no further than the legal field. Case in point: Scott Rogers, creator of The Mindful Lawyer,” and his delightful “The Mindfulness Memo: the Motion for an Extension of Thyme.” Here’s just one tidbit that is useful for any job:
Thoughts like “I don’t have enough time,” or “I’ll never get this done in time” have both a factual quality and a “fear-based” quality. While it can sometimes be the case that poor planning or circumstances result in a genuine rush, more often than not, the perception of “not enough time” is a conditioned thought that arises and, when believed, creates a “false” sense of crises that undermines performance.”
Rogers’ solution: mindfulness or meditation practices that can “help provide greater clarity of mind, focus, and ease in dealing with procrastination and time deadlines.” For tips you can use right now to turn your day from harried to happy, click here:
For More Peace and Productivity At Work, Imitate Some Lawyers
“The Motion for an Extension of Thyme” is just one of 500 pages of tips and resources in J. Kim Wright’s Lawyers as Peacemakers, which has been a best-seller since it was published by the American Bar Association last spring. It’s chock full of information on how to bring more creativity, problem-solving effectiveness and spirit to any job, legal or not. There’s even a reprint of an article I wrote on how to create a sanctuary at work!
At least a dozen mainstream law schools like Harvard and Yale offer courses in meditation as part of a mindful lawyering practice, says an article on meditation in the October 2010 California Lawyer.
For information on contemplative practices and how you can bring a variety of contemplative practices to your work, see also the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Cutting Edge Law, and Idealawg.
What Can You Learn From a Lawyer to Improve Your Work and Life?
What kind of hope and inspiration can you take from lawyers who meditate?
How can you bridge the need to be focused, clear and absolutely practical with your own drive for meaning, purpose and joy?
How can you create more productive time and pleasure in your life and work by being more conscious?
As always, comments are welcome!
Best wishes, Pat McHenry Sullivan
Appreciator of Lawyers
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