Health knowledge made personal

Sonia Gallagher

Boca Raton, Florida
My name is Sonia Gallagher. I am a Certified Life Coach, lawyer, and entrepreneur. Through introspection and meditation, I realized that my calling in life was to support the empowerment and development of others. I now dedicate myself to this 100% by coaching professionals, lawyers, and business owners who are ready to make a change in their life, to be challenged, and to learn how they can achieve true success through balance. I do this as a holistic coach for Time for Life, LLC I also... Full Bio
› Share page:

Whiteboard

Apr 02 2013 by Tomahawk
Keep Smiling
 
Sep 20 2009 by Drea D.
Thanks for the friend request
 
Sep 10 2009 by hippieprincess
Hi, Thank you for adding me as a friend!! :)
 
Sep 09 2009 by Jennifer Nordin

Hi Sonia,Nice to meet you! I love to meditate on scripture, Psalms are my favorite. Psalm 19:14 "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. " Blessings, Jen

 

 
Sep 04 2009 by Sonia Gallagher
Hi Everybody! After a LOT of research on the internet, I finally finished The Big List of FREE Guided Meditations! It's the longest running list on the internet including guided meditation videos and audio on topics ranging from meditation for children, increasing energy and reducing stress, to more spiritual topics such as cosmic meditation. Make sure to check it out, let me know what videos you like best, and if there any guided meditations out there you'd like to be considered and included on the list! Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you at My Meditation Garden!
 
May 04 2009 by Kathleen D.

Hi Sonia,

I think you have the longest Whiteboard entry on the site : ]

Your site sounds great so I look forward to visiting it and learning more about meditation.

Kathleen 

 
May 03 2009 by Sonia Gallagher

My name is Sonia Gallagher. I am a recovering overachiever lawyer and professional, now devoting my time to meditation and online publishing of information on the benefits of meditation and how you can practice it in daily life on My Meditation Garden. My Meditation Garden is a site meant for profesionals, students, parents, business owners, and everyone who lives a stress filled life; a place to learn about meditation and how to apply it to daily life, in plain English.

This website is my way of telling a story. It is the story of how meditation and the internet helped me find a new path in life, when it seemed like everything was falling apart.

I moved to the US from Puerto Rico when I was 8 to escape an abusive father, with my mother, brother and sister. I found a sense of peace and security, by burying myself in books. As a result, I received scholarships all the way through undergraduate school, law school, and legal studies abroad.

After I graduated from the University of Miami, I studied law at the University of Florida College of Law, the Universite de Droite de Montpellier (France), and the Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands). I’ve worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the International Court of the Hague (Netherlands), and the National Institute of Health. I also worked with the National Association of Women Judges in co-editing a bench book for the U.S. Supreme Court Justices on the application of International law on domestic hearings. I worked for a Chief Appellate Judge in South Florida and ran my own successful law practice for a few years. During these years, I wrote weekly articles in print media outlets nationwide and appeared on a small local television station. To see pictures visit my photo gallery .

The stressful daily routine of being a lawyer resulted in me having back pains and migraines on a regular basis. I began to get massage therapy every month and became good friends with my massage therapist. She introduced me to Reiki and meditation. Since that point, I was hooked. I became attuned for Reiki and have been doing Reiki and meditating regularly ever since.

Although this helped somewhat, the demands of my career still weighed heavily on me. People don’t tell you about the things that really go on in their field, because on some level they assume people will think less of them. Believe me when I tell you this is true about law. There were days when I cried on Sunday because I knew I would have to go back to the office on Monday. The browbeating that a young associate endures is a matter of mythical proportions in legal circles.

According to Michael Cohen, Executive Director of Florida Lawyers Assistance:

  • 15-18% of attorneys will have substance abuse problem vs. 10% of general population.
  • Over 1/3 of attorneys say they are dissatisfied and would choose another profession if they could.
  • Attorneys have the highest rates of depression and suicide of any profession.

Doesn’t really match up with what you see on Law and Order, Boston Legal, or Allie McBeal, right? (No dancing babies in real law!) Eventually the stress of my profession crept into every area of my life. At the peak, I found out that my paralegal was working for another law firm, while still collecting her pay from me and neglecting some of her work. When a few things slipped through the cracks at the same time the economy crashed, I found myself at the center of three bar complaints and a lawsuit.

Any attorney can tell you that one bar complaint is a stressful event, much less three. Oh… and did I mention that this was all happening one month before my wedding!?! Fortunately, there was little or no merit to any of these, but believe me, that did not reduce the anxiety I was feeling at the time.

After I got married, I realized that the amount of stress that I faced on a daily basis was affecting my husband and my life as a married woman… and that I could just not accept! I was not even enjoying the happiness of being a newlywed and in love! I walked (actually ran) away from the practice of law happily and have dedicated my time now to learning and teaching others about meditation, all of its benefits, and all of the wonderful things it can do for you.

Aside from my intense interest in International and human rights law, I have always had a passion for psychology, self-growth, and the power and complexities of the mind.

I have a Bachelors in Psychology and had dream to become a doctor in psychology (which changed when I received a full ride to law school). Ironically enough, practicing law led me right back to my original passion… psychology, self-growth, and the power of the mind.

I am an analytical and sometimes skeptical person by nature (I was a lawyer for 5 years after all…) which is why I developed this site to be an informative, instructive, and educational site that pushes you to think, to really think, not just read and browse through the posts. As painful as the Socratic method was during law school, I can tell you it definitely pushes you to think outside the box, question everything, and come up with ideas, results, and solutions that you never thought could exist.

While half of me is analytical and skeptical, (I could never do this site without meditating regularly myself), the other half is extremely spiritual and intuitive.

Note about me: I come from a very interesting family—my grandfather is an extremely skeptical man who loves the word “no” (God bless him)… yet trained to be a hypnotist and truly believes that anyone can do whatever they set their mind to do! My beloved grandmother was clairvoyant and extremely Catholic (not sure that combination was easy) and attended and held spiritual sessions.

I created this site to develop a venue in which all my visitors (YOU, professionals, non-professionals, students, Joe from next door, etc) can learn about meditation, can share their own stories of their experience or views of meditation, can ask questions to other visitors, our authors, and myself, and have a community of internet friends that share a common interest.

I have gained so much in my life in terms of peace of mind, quality of life, and just plain tranquility since I started meditating that I want to share this with you. I have practiced in one of the most stressful professions in the US if not Internationally for the past five years and can tell you from first- hand experience that the effects of stress can be absolutely horrible to your physical, emotional, and mental health, your social relationships, and most importantly your relationship with yourself.

This is exactly why I created this site and hope you will join and participate in our community. You do not have to be Buddhist to participate in this site. In fact, what I want most is to have participation from people of all religions and beliefs so we can have a variety of views and ideas about meditation.

I can’t wait to meet you and hear your story! Make sure to visit me at My Meditation Garden!