Mindfulness is a core component of providing not only the best service for our clients, but also maintaining a successful business. The tenets of mindfulness can be applied to all aspects of your life, and can lead to improved work-life balance, interpersonal relationships, and sense of fulfillment.
Michael’s meditation journey
I started meditating before I went to law school, learning transcendental meditation to help keep me focused. I worked during the day as a paralegal for a pension company and went to school at night. I would work all day and then leave for law school in time to get 20 minutes of meditation before classes. What I found was that I was more alert, more attentive, and wide awake at the end of class. It was meditation that helped me to get through.
After graduating and starting my own firm, I don’t think I realized how stressful running a practice would be. As a busy small law firm practitioner, I experienced the stress and aggravation of actually building and running a practice as a business owner. As time went on, I realized that mindful meditation was one of the keys to making the practice successful and allowed me to deal with the day-to-day issues more calmly and effectively.
I became certified as a mindfulness coach so that I could help other busy professionals deal with the issues they face. I regularly facilitate a group of young estate planning firms across the country to discuss best practices, unique situations that arise in the operation of the business, legal issues, and other issues of concern to the group, and we usually start the meetings with a meditation. This allows the group to slow down from their busy day, and focus their attention on being present and focused on the meeting and the issues that come up.
Curious about the path to mindfulness and how it can benefit you?
Listen in as Michael discusses his journey to a mindfulness practice, and how he became a mindfulness coach.