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The Value of Mindfulness in Approaching Legal Problems

Mindfulaw provides a forum for individuals facing challenging legal situations to use these challenges as a springboard to personal transformation and heightened inner peace.  Mindfulaw starts from the premise that the vast majority of legal problems faced by individuals are the direct result of learned conditioning and

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The Root of Most Legal Problems

Holistic law approaches “legal” problems as most often resulting from an egoistic orientation toward the world.  An “egoistic orientation” can be understood as a delusional belief that one is a separate entity apart from the whole of life.  Insofar as the ego is constructed mainly through learned

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The Role of Identity in Dealing With Divorce and Custody Litigation

In terms of legal disputes, clients appear to have the greatest psychological difficulty dealing with divorce and custody proceedings. This is of little surprise when one views these situations in the more holistic context of the individual’s adopted self-concept. Divorce and custody proceedings upset a wide range

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A Mindful Approach to Divorce and Child Custody

Few life situations present as much challenge in a legal context as divorce involving young children. Along with innate drives to nurture and care for our children are entrenched self-concepts built around identities a a parent, a wife, a husband, etc., that become threatened. All of this

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The Role of Mindfulness in Addressing Legal Problems

As a species we are far from the fastest or the strongest. Our senses of sight and hearing lag far behind many other species. Humans have survived largely as a result of a highly effective abilities to scan their physical environment for danger, analyze and process this

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Rethinking The Role of Attorneys in Society

For centuries, the function of attorneys in American society has been primarily defined by an ethical obligation to zealously represent clients within proscribed evidentiary and procedural guidelines aimed at eliciting “truth” and, ultimately, some ephemeral notion of “justice.” The more broad notion that attorneys should work towards

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The Clash of Mindfulness and Law

Inherent in contemporary American jurisprudence is the notion of ultimate judgment. By its nature, our adversarial system ultimately adjudges one party “right,” and the other party “wrong,” or some variation on that theme. In contrast, mindfulness emphasizes the importance of letting go of the judging and comparing

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Mindfulness in Law Practice

The mindful law practice emphasizes the unique core of each individual client that lies beyond his or her “problematic” legal issues. In cultivating mindful attention on present-moment experience, clients come to face concerns which are typically future-focused, often manifesting themselves in the emotion of fear. This clash

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The Mindfulness Formula for Transformative Litigation

In cultivating a heightened ability to dis-identify from conditioned thought and judgment and more meaningfully attend to present-moment experience, one can begin to sense the richness of life and the interconnectedness we share with all living beings. This felt sense of interconnectedness is a precursor of compassion

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The Role of Mindfulness in Civil Litigation

Most civil litigation whether divorce, employment, business-related, etc., involves at its core a claim by one party that the opposing party failed to conform his/her/its behavior to a certain expected standard of the aggrieved party. Since so much civil litigation involves parties with some preexisting level of

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