About Susan Miles
Photo by Rebecca Slater
90-second clip from an interview by Laurie Fritz on Health Connections, October 10, 2015 on AM950 on conditions that drove me to mindfulness.
I recently retired after serving twenty-two years as a District Court Judge in Minnesota, Tenth Judicial District, and I continue to handle a reduced caseload as a Senior Judge. In 2006, I took up the practice of mindfulness meditation as a means of coping with personal and professional stress that was threatening my emotional well-being and my career. My career turned around and my colleagues honored me by electing me President of the Minnesota District Judges Association and Minnesota District Judges Foundation, and as Assistant Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial District. By 2013 I was convinced that meditation had made a critical difference in my life, and decided to pursue coursework at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in order to become qualified to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I now teach at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing as well as other venues. Along with my teaching duties, I have presented talks and workshops on mindfulness and MBSR to numerous professional groups of lawyers, judges, and court administrators.
My mission is to help legal and other professionals gain present awareness, clarity and resilience through the practice of mindfulness.