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The Role of Unsatisfactoriness in Legal Problems

The first noble truth in Buddhist philosophy is that life includes dukkha which is roughly translated from Pali by contemporary scholars as a sense of “unsatisfactoriness.”  From an evolutionary standpoint, being “wired” with this sensitivity makes sense as an internal motivator for humans to venture out into

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Mindfulness in Law Practice as Key To Optimal Client Solutions

The arising of most life situations calling for legal action or intervention involves the coming together of innumerable factors over time.  In order to craft and execute optimal legal solutions, it is necessary to consider as many of these pastors as possible.  This incisive approach is the

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Mindfulness: More Being Than Doing

Mindfulness and meditation free us from the narrow judgments and limited thoughts associated with ego, connecting us instead to boundless experience that we call “life.”  Some people believe that this transcendent experience can arise only in the presence of very specific conditions, or when engaged in particularly

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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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