When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?
I first started practicing mindfulness in high school through a yoga class. However, I did not practice it with any regularity. I was motivated by a general interest to see if it was something I would like. I got really into the meditative practice after taking a contemplative lawyering class in law school. After developing a routine practice, I now am able to incorporate it into my day-to-day activities.
Did you take a class? If so, what sort of a class did you take?
I took a contemplative lawyering class which exposed me to various types of contemplative practice and also urged me to select one for myself.
How has mindfulness made a difference in your life?
It has had quite a noticeable effect. I feel less stressed than before and also now have learned to deal with stressful situations through mindfulness and compassion. I have become more forward-looking and less likely to dwell on mistakes in the past. I have been able to concentrate more and now am not afraid to take time out for myself to de-stress.
What do you do for your livelihood (e.g., homemaker, teacher, firefighter) and does your practice of mindfulness affect that?
I just graduated from law school and our class helped us think of ways to reconcile our profession with elements of contemplative practice.
Is there anything else you would want people to know about mindfulness and you?
Mindfulness is something that more people should be exposed to. I think it is extremely beneficial and there are many things to be learned from a mindfulness practice. I'm fortunate to have had the opportunity to explore a mindfulness practice and I continue to incorporate what I learned into my daily life.