July 25, 2018 Mental Health & Wellness

Sharpen Your Skills with Mindfulness

As a lawyer, your mind is your instrument

By Joseph P. Beckman

As a lawyer, your mind is your instrument. The question is, can you learn to be its master instead of its slave?

Stephen Covey, creator of the “Seven Habits” series, famously espouses the concept of “sharpening the saw.” The analogy describes how a woodsman who doesn’t stop to “sharpen the saw” quickly finds himself facing a difficult task with an unsuitable tool.

Lincoln may have weighed in here as well: “Give me six hours to cut down a tree, I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Did Lincoln know of meditation? Presage Covey?

This second installment of “Seeking Paths to Lawyer Well-Being” discusses the potential value of meditation as the whetstone on which to keep the mind sharp!

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