From Elvis to the Buddha
As part of my professional journey, I’ve been working to be more intentional about the integration of yoga and meditation into my daily life. For me, I am at ease and alive when I’m doing yoga. Everything feels a little bit more “right” in my world. Yoga helps to correct my mindset and makes me feel that I am part of the miracle of life that is unfolding each day.
So last year when I found the Mindfulness in Law Society (MILS) I was excited and inspired to join and find out more about the organization. The mission of MILS— to “educate, coordinate and promote activities in the legal profession relating to mindfulness meditation, yoga, and other contemplative practices.” I think I've found my group!
At the start of 2019, I was extremely honored to be asked to be a managing board member for MILS. And a couple of weeks ago, the board met in St. Louis to lay out the plans and initiative for the coming year. Surrounded by 14 new friends—we memorialized the goals for MILS and the action steps needed to get our word out to the legal community.
Life can be beautiful and magic and mystical, and it can also be tough and challenging. So no matter where you are on your journey remember that life is always changing. Nothing is permanent–for better or worse. And that is precisely the purpose of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga—to help you realize that you have the tools to get through the good and bad times.
The first board retreat for MILS was a resounding success, and I’m looking forward to seeing the MILS organization grow in the coming years. A determined group of attorneys of all ages from all walks of life came together and made plans for how they could help bring mindfulness (meditation and yoga) to lawyers. The conversation ranged from Elvis to the Buddha. But the goal was always the same—to figure out how we could help other lawyers by sharing what we have learned in our journeys so that we can connect with other attorneys that might benefit from our experiences.
The real beauty in life is to learn how to embrace all that life offers you with gratitude and appreciation and hopefully find someone that you can connect with at the same time.
Mindfulness is one solution, one tool, one way that our legal community can come together. It’s a way that can help us all remember that it’s essential to be a little intentional about who we interact with and how we communicate with each other. A small act in a spirit of generosity and positivity might be enough of a positive change in your life or someone else’s life to make a BIG difference.
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