“Every morning that we wake up is an amazing thing that we are given. Every single day of our lives are precious moments and we have no guarantees on how many of those we will have.”
Jeena Cho is the swiftest Lawyer on the block and she’s taking a huge competitive advantage through mindfulness and meditation. After coming to the United States as a young child, she learned to speak English by watching Law and Order… and everything else is domination. She is also an incredible author and is soon to release her newest book The Anxious Lawyer where she teaches the principles and secrets of using mindfulness and meditation to effectively deal with anxiety and stress among the law profession.
Since the interview, Jeena and I have become amazing friends and, and I have been practicing her meditations daily (which immediately results in relaxation and fist pumping.)
Here are the highlights of my funky conversation with Jeena:
- 04:11 : Her family migrating from South Korea in 1988; growing up in Astoria, Queens; and being inspired to fight the evils of the world while learning English through her favorite TV show, Law and Order,
- 07:20 : How she got introduced to mediation while in law school but fell out of habit after graduating and how Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) changed her life after she tried it out due to an anxiety disorder diagnosis,
- 14:48 : Her favorite part in cultivating a meditation practice, including developing an appreciation of life as she never had before,
- 20:58 : The mixed reactions of people in her circle after she started teaching meditation,
- 22:17 : About the book she is currently writing, The Anxious Lawyer, an eight-week guided program on how you can bring mindfulness into your everyday life,
- 24:20 : The differences of approach in writing The Anxious Lawyer and the first book she had published, and the challenges and inner struggles she faces regularly to finish it, and
- 33:12 : A side story from Jeena about her trip to Burning Man and having the realization to pursue what truly makes her happy.
One hour to create something, with anyone…
- “I am a huge fan of Dale Chihuly who turns glass sculptures to amazing pieces of art. I would love to be in his presence when he is creating his art and hope that some of his artistic genius would rub on me.”
To defeat Godzilla with her talents…
- “Why would I kill this magnificent beast? We’re both living beings, so if he tries to kill me, I would just run like hell in the other direction as I wouldn’t really be able to beat him under any circumstances. I’ll tell him that I am not trying to harm him and would try to be as compassionate as I can in the moment.”
- Every morning that you wake up is an amazing thing that we are given. Every single day of our lives are precious moments and we have no guarantees on how many of those we will have.
- Finding your right entry point in meditation is very important.
- The one thing that I have learned from my mindfulness practice is that my only job is to show up every day and do my best.
- Be your own best friend. Cultivate that ability to be kind to yourself.