My e-friend Pat McHenry Sullivan has written a post about mindfulness and meditation in the workplace, especially the law firm. And she mentions my friend Scott Rogers. From her If Lawyers Can Thrive by Meditating at Work, Anyone Can (Visionary Resources):
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.” ...
Note: Sullivan links to an on-demand CLE she teaches for the California State Bar titled "From Stress, Burnout and Exhaustion, to Energy, Resilience and Insight."