02 October 2019 at 14:01 BST

Meditation for lawyers

Responding to the stress of practicing law, 35-year attorney creates comprehensive meditation app targeted to the legal profession.

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A new meditation app targeted toward attorneys and other professionals in high-stress careers is now available in the Apple App and Google Play Stores. Legally Mindful aims to help professionals focus on a regular meditation practice to improve overall health and well-being and to help professionals become more creative and successful in their work.

Passion

Gary Powell, founder of Legally Mindful, is currently general counsel for a global, natural-based chemical company in Cincinnati and has been in private litigation practice for 35 years. After starting a regular meditation practice, he noticed an appreciable difference in his overall well-being and outlook and decided to share his method with others in the legal profession and other high-stress work environments. “Legally Mindful is a passion of mine,” said Mr Powell. “After practicing meditation for about 15 years and trying different methods, I felt like it was time to share what has worked for me and help others in the legal profession. With sound-assisted meditation, I discovered that I can use the tools I’ve learned and developed over the years to make my work more efficient and productive, and I can carry a more focused and creative mental state into my daily life, which allows me to listen better, think creatively, and respond more effectively.  And I am confident that Legally Mindful can do the same for others.”

Two levels

Drawing on his own meditation experiences and after reading countless professional research articles on meditation, Powell wrote his own guided meditation exercises to address specific areas of need in the legal profession. In the primary level, there are two exercises devoted specifically to relaxation and stress release, an exercise emphasizing gratitude and compassion which research shows can improve someone’s overall happiness and perspective on life, and a non-guided exercise that is intended to be used while you work that helps improve your focus and concentration. The secondary level exercises build on the tools introduced in the primary level and take your time in meditation in a direction not traditionally associated with a meditation practice. Legally Mindful uses a sophisticated sound technology, which utilizes a proprietary mix of brain wave frequencies, including higher gamma wave frequencies, to allow for a more focused meditative state, better brain coherence and higher mental functioning.

 
   
 
 
 

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