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Do You Have 5 Minutes to Enhance Your Bar Prep?

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on June 2, 2015

As most of you know, I (Courtney Lee) was in an accident last spring that left me with Traumatic Brain Injury.  As a result, I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about how the brain works and heals.  One of the things that surprised me most was the role that meditation plays in brain health, for the injured and non-injured alike.  I’d heard positive things about it before, but once my neurologist strongly recommended that I begin a regular practice to help rebuild my damaged neural pathways, I started to do more research on the topic.  I won’t get into the details here, but suffice to say that it is a tremendous factor in everything from reducing stress to enhancing memory, with advocates from Anderson Cooper to Russell Simmons.  Even Justice Breyer has a practice.  The best part?  It only take a few minutes a day to see benefits!

It follows that taking those few minutes a day for mindful meditation might play a big part in successful, sane bar preparation.  You certainly can meditate on your own — and I encourage you to do so — but I’d like to offer you the opportunity to participate in a supportive practice here on campus.  (There’s just something about meeting in person with others who are similarly situated that helps.)

The first meeting I propose is Tuesday, June 9, at 1:00 p.m. in Room S-2 (in the Lecture Hall lobby), for a simple, guided session of about five minutes or so, unless those present would like to extend it.  After the session, we can discuss generally how bar prep is going for you and any questions you might have.  If there is sufficient interest, we can schedule more regular dates throughout the summer.

Still not convinced?  Check out the resources below, or just do a simple search online; there are thousands of others.  (Please note that these links are just provided for your general information and are NOT endorsements by Pacific McGeorge.)

How Meditation Might Boost Your Test ScoresYour Excuses for Not Meditating: DebunkedMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (this is the program recommended by my doctor — 100% free); The Anxious Lawyer

I hope to see you next Tuesday at 1:00 in Room S-2!


4 Responses to “Do You Have 5 Minutes to Enhance Your Bar Prep?”

  1. Lexi Howard said

    This is fabulous! Thank you! See you there.

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