How can mindfulness and meditation be offered as an employee benefit?
Offer the services as “Brain Training” --everyone wants to work “better” but not necessarily “harder”.
Offer the services as part of a firm commitment to work/life balance.
Package the services as part of a confidential third-party outsource or referral program (e.g. coaches or therapists with whom MLCCG has previously met).
Promote the services as part of a firm’s commitment to lawyer well-being (a profession-wide concern, as identified by the ABA’s National Task Force for Lawyer Well-Being).
Promote the services as part of a firm’s commitment to recruit new, and retain existing, clients.
Promote the services as part of a firm’s commitment to stay abreast of, and satisfy, evolving CLE requirements.
Bonus point: Offer the services to reinforce a firm’s internal messaging (“We Care About Our Lawyers”).
My 22 years of teaching mindfulness through the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program has provided me with enumerable examples of the power of this practice and it's capacity to bring positive changes to the lives of those who learn it. This is particularly true for those in the legal profession, who face a myriad of difficult stressors in their day to day work lives. I have witnessed, again and again, how learning to work with their minds and bodies has empowered legal professionals to make significant changes in their lives and reduce the cycle of daily stress they incur in their jobs. I can think of no better individual to bring mindfulness training to the legal profession than Jeffrey Bunn. His considerable experience as a practicing attorney, along with his many years of mediation training, make him uniquely qualified to bring mindfulness training to the legal community. Jeffrey brings a remarkable energy and a deep sense of purpose to his work of teaching mindfulness. I heartily recommend him and his sense of mission. -- CC, Ph.D.