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What We’ll Cover in this Episode:
- What is an Anxious Lawyer and how to identify if you are one
- What is mindfulness and why should lawyers care about it
- How mindfulness can help you become a better attorney
- Why a podcast can be a great platform to spread your message
- Jeena will walk us through a 5-minute guided meditation (it’ll make you feel amazing
- Jeena’s SPECIAL OFFER just for you, Gen Why’ers
Quote: “Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.” – Rumi
Jeena practices bankruptcy law in San Francisco. She opened her own practice in 2008. Prior to that, she was with the State Attorney’s office in Tampa, Florida. In addition to practicing law, Jeena teaches meditation and mindfulness for lawyers. She recently authored the “The Anxious Lawyer.”
The book will be a self-guided 8-week program. Each week will have its own chapter involving mindfulness meditation and practical tips on how to practice law mindfully. Mindfulness means to be in the present moment without preference or judgment. It’s a way to orient your life towards your greater intentions; whatever your higher aspirations are for being on this planet.
As young lawyers, there’s so much in our practice that we have no control over so it’s important that we practice mindfulness in order to let go of the judgment and need to have things go the way we want them to go.
As Jeena was on her journey writing her book, she spoke with a lot of attorneys who told her that they felt isolated in their practice and felt that the way they were practicing, with mindfulness, was not really seen as the norm. Jeena thought the best way to facilitate these conversations on a larger scale is with a podcast, so she established The Resilient Lawyer Podcast. Now, Jeena and her co-host, Keith Lee, feature various attorneys who are incorporating mindfulness into their practice.
Mindfulness: An 8-Week Plan For Finding Peace in a Frantic World – Mark Willliams
Take a couple of moments every day to practice doing nothing. Instead of starting your day with emails, take 2 minutes to just breathe. Just practice not doing, not accomplishing, not achieving and see what impact that has on your life.
Special Code for Better Lawyering Through Mindfulness program: genwhy30