Today marks the beginning of a new way of doing law and life, for me, and quite possibly for you too. Many of you know I have been on sabbatical from the practice of law for a couple of years. During that time, I have rested, reflected, and grown a meaningful mindfulness practice that has taken me out of the “fear-based” way of thinking and doing and into a more intentional way of working, thinking and living.
Recently, I completed an eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR) as modeled after Jon Kabat-Zinn’s world renowned program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness Study in Worcester. I could not travel to Worcester once per week so I opted for the online course which has been truly life changing. I will continue my path and journey in the teacher credentialing program which may take up to two years to complete. My intent is to become a certified Mindfulness instructor and to take the education and the practice to lawyers, judges, prisons, and other professions who are at high risk for dangerous stress related illness and disease.
Tomorrow, I have the honor of presenting my version of MBSR for Lawyers at this year’s Maine State Bar Summer Meeting in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. I hope that you will follow me on my journey as a student and teacher of this incredible tool that we all have within us to help deal with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life with grace and composure.
Elisabeth Pickle, Esq.
Legal Mindfulness Consultant