Mindfulness Meditation and the Use of Taoist Concepts and Practices to Help Lawyers Relieve Chronic Stress
Mindfulness meditation has gone mainstream in medical treatment. It benefits patients by reducing their stress level and by improving some of the medical symptoms of stress-related disorders. These include psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression, skin rashes, high blood pressure, heart disease and chronic pain. Lawyers are extremely stressed. They manifest their stress in their high rates of depression (19% of all lawyers), alcoholism (20% of all lawyers) and suicide (double the general population rate).
Yoga, I have always thought, saved me from the law.
I became a lawyer, in the narrative I have set up of my life, because I was blind to my heart. It was the path my mind led me down, the safe, manageable world of knowledge and surface communication and clear organizing principles.
Sure, I told myself I went to law school to change the world. Certainly not because my parents were begging me to do it. But I also fully acknowledged, at the ripe old age of 24, that I would end up going to law school eventually, so why not do it while I was young?