By Yuliya LaRoe • April 09, 2015•Careers, Firms and the Private Sector, Issues, Balancing Private and Professional Life
Often I am asked about ways to decrease stress and increase focus, self-awareness and confidence. As a former practicing attorney, dealing with stress, anxiety and challenges with focus and clarity used to be a daily experience.
Now I have a secret tool, which, if used daily, produces incredible results.
This powerful tool is... meditation.
Having been meditating for the last 5 years I can swear by its effects not only on my emotional state but also on my overall sense of well-being, my ability to focus, decisiveness, clarity and confidence.
Meditation? But I am a busy lawyer and I’ve got way too much to do!
In the legal profession, what is often rewarded the most are achievements, accomplishments and getting stuff done. So why would you choose to meditate, which just looks like sitting around and not getting anything done? Well, that’s actually the idea. Just as your body needs rest and sleep to recover, your mind needs time to disconnect and get refreshed.
Meditation brings an amazing sense of inner peace and calmness. It helps to slow down the mind chatter (“the wild monkey brain” as the Buddha referred to it) and allows you to see and think more clearly.
At this point, hundreds (if not thousands) of studies have been done that demonstrate the power of meditation. The legal profession, which traditionally tends to lag behind when it comes to innovation, has been catching up to it as well. One of my favorite examples is University of Miami Law School’s Mindfulness in Law Program, which teaches mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, to law students and practicing attorneys.
I would try to meditate but I don’t know how…
Many people get turned off of meditation because it seems too difficult to learn.
A great way to get started is to follow along with a program such as the Chopra Center’s 21-day Mediation Experience. These are free online recordings of meditation lead by Deepak Chopra and Oprah. For more information and to join the Meditation Experience go to https://chopracentermeditation.com.
There are also great guided meditations on YouTube. One of my favorite channels is The Honest Guys from the UK (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHonestGuys). Their meditations range from short (5-10 minutes) guided experiences to long (1 hour +) relaxation tracks. I often play them in the background, which helps me focus as I work.
Still doubt this will be a worthwhile experience? Try one and see for yourself!
To your success!
P.S. Be sure to leave a comment below and share your meditation experience. I’d love to hear from you and will provide free coaching advice right here on this page. Also, if you think that someone you know might find this useful, share this article with them. Sharing IS caring!
Yuliya (pronounced “You-Lee-Yah”) LaRoe is an experienced attorney, professional speaker, and certified leadership and executive coach, who helps senior associates accelerate promotion to partnership, new or junior partners get more clients, law firm leaders become more effective, and lawyers achieve a more fulfilling synergy between their professional and personal lives. She is the co-founder of 20/20 Leadership Group, LLC, a national coaching firm focused on “seeing” lawyers, law firms and legal industry leaders to new levels of success.
Prior to helping lawyers optimize their performance, Yuliya practiced law at a major international firm for nearly 10 years as counsel for numerous Fortune 500 Companies, including Cisco Systems, Halliburton, United Health Group, Herbalife, and others. She left her corporate practice to pursue her passion of helping lawyers realize their highest leadership potential and translate it into business and career success. Her proven strategies, frameworks and coaching tools allow attorneys to successfully advance their careers and grow their legal practice, while creating the lives they want.
A seasoned speaker, Yuliya is frequently invited to present to numerous organizations and companies, such as the Miami Dolphins, Foley Lardner LLP, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and many others. Yuliya writes about business, career, leadership, and effective communication, and has been featured in publications as diverse as the Miami Herald, Work Awesome, Bloomberg Radio and numerous others.