Mindfulness in Action

Meditation is the practice of doing nothing, but the skills it builds can have important benefits when you bring them into your life and work. These posts feature stories, ideas, and practices to help you envision the practical benefits that mindfulness can offer to you off the cushion and in the world.

Sending Loving-Kindness to Opposing Counsel Can Make You a Better Litigator

If I had to pick one style of meditation to recommend for lawyers, it would be loving-kindness practice. When I present seminars on mindfulness, I take any opportunity I get to talk about the practice or share it in a guided meditation. Loving-kindness meditation became my lifeline early in my law practice when I wasContinue reading “Sending Loving-Kindness to Opposing Counsel Can Make You a Better Litigator”

4 Steps to Help Lawyers Handle Shame Triggers from Opposing Counsel

Though most of the attorneys I have litigated cases against are wonderful people who only want to represent their clients well, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that some just like to play games. They don’t want to turn over documents that are clearly relevant. They don’t want to think practically when evaluating aContinue reading “4 Steps to Help Lawyers Handle Shame Triggers from Opposing Counsel”

Calm Down Lawyers: Meditation Will Make You More Effective, Not Soft

Attorney wellness is a top concern for many attorneys, bar associations, and firms. Meditation practices are being recommended to attorneys as a simple, cheap, effective and research-based way to ease and manage stress. Yet, one of the concerns I commonly hear lawyers, especially litigators, express is that they are worried that meditation will cause themContinue reading “Calm Down Lawyers: Meditation Will Make You More Effective, Not Soft”