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The Overemphasizing of Intellect and Importance of Meditation for Lawyers

Human beings have succeeded in evolving as a species largely as a result of unparalleled intellect and problem-solving faculties.  Our abilities to scan our environment for danger, conceive of and implement creative solutions, and learn from our experience have enabled us to thrive on this planet.  We

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Mindfulness in Law As An Essential Starting Point For Clients

When distilled to their roots, most legal problems, both civil and criminal, can be traced to thought-driven ideas of what one needs to obtain, achieve, realize, etc. in the future in order to be “happy” (and associated fear of what one thinks may happen if one fails

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Holistic Law: Providing Optimal Clarity in Conflict Resolution

Almost by definition, involvement with our civil justice system presupposes the occurrence of some event perceptively violative of one’s conditioned notions of “right” and “wrong” behavior.  Such circumstances can easily serve to trigger habitual reactions towards “unfairness” that may stem from early life experiences and conditioning.  It

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The Importance of Right Action in the Context of Legal Disputes

Through the cultivation of mindful attention to present-moment experience, we can begin to sense an inner peace grounded in being, apart from our thoughts, learned conditioning and habitual reactions. Initially this discovery of inner peace unconnected to external stimuli can feel extraordinarily liberating to those who have

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What Is A Holistic Lawyer?

In an industry as shrouded in mystery and misinformation as the legal industry, most anything out of the ordinary is met with a fair amount of skepticism.  The public is confused enough when trying to define a “lawyer” versus  “attorney” or “esquire.”  When I introduce the concept

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Holistic Lawyering: Rethinking the Role of Lawyers in Society

The nature of academic law training has at its core an emphasis of the solving of problems, mainly through the application of relevant common law, statutory law and regulations, etc.  This is largely an intellectual exercise in which little attention is paid to the attorney’s role as

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The Critical Role of Mindfulness in Successfully Dealing With Legal Problems

Whether dealing with marital difficulties, financial stressors, problems in the workplace, etc., individuals seeking legal assistance are often feeling threatened and insecure.  Often these individuals are grappling with fear that can often trigger habitual, defensive reactions that cloud decision-making when clarity is most needed. Such defensive reactions

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Ego as a Precursor of Legal Problems

Staunch individualism that has permeated our media-driven culture often leads to thought-driven ideas about happiness and how life “should” be.  The proliferation of connected mobile devices, and the increasing amount of time that most of us spend planted in front of computer screens has created an almost

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Mindfulness, Compassion, and Legal Challenges

Having lived in an area of Oakland, California for nearly ten years that is plagued with homelessness, graffiti, illegal dumping, and other manifestations of urban malaise, my ability to accept situations around me and embrace all others with compassion is challenged on a daily basis. So much

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Clearing the Way for Optimal Conflict Resolution

The starting point for optimal conflict resolution is the ability to meaningfully connect to present-moment experience. This ability requires a high degree of consciousness able to not get caught in ego-driven thoughts of how things “should be,” ways in which things are “wrong,” and similar judgements. In

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