Today, I spoke to about 40 law students at GA State's College of Law about mindfulness. GSU has a Mindfulness in the Law Society that sponsors weekly guided meditation sessions and yoga classes as well as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class. I am just thrilled that the interest in mindfulness has made its way into law schools. Hopefully, the next generation of lawyers will have new tools for promoting well-being.
I used the image above to encourage the students to reflect on how often our minds are in a completely different place than our bodies. Rather than staying grounded in the present moment, our minds replay past events or ruminate about future possibilities. We miss out on the here and now by putting energy into the past or future - neither of which can be changed no matter how much we think about it. A mindfulness practice helps to train our brains to stay present. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness for even just two minutes each day can have a demonstrable impact on our physical and psychological well-being. I'll be posting in the next few days about some of those benefits.