A lot of practices exist to get an over-thinking human out of his or her head. Running, meditating, yoga, sitting facing a wall in Zen meditation, probably cycling, skiing and a really good day golfing too. The best I’ve found have been meditation (find that ball of anxiety, skrunch it down and shove it out of visual range) and Improv comedy, and I think that Improv is winning. You can sit on a cushion all day and still be up in your head, over-thinking, but you can’t do that and fake flowing in the moment in an improvised scene.
I found very late last night, after performing in the Improv class show (and dominating it a bit, never send a hammy lawyer who grew up on Mel Brooks onto a stage without retaining use of a hook to get her off) that July 28 is also the birthday of one of the great artists of all time, Jesuit priest and masterful poet of nature and spirit, Gerard Manley Hopkins. Personal favorites of mine are The Windhover (here) and Pied Beauty (here).
My colleague Jennifer Tull, a collaborative lawyer from Austin, Texas, is blogging about how to keep your center and sense of purpose while working with clients going through major life transitions. She writes beautifully and epitomizes the journey toward wholeness that is the hallmark of integrative law. Here is her first post (we’ll be offering others from time to time):