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Can Mindfulness Help Law Students with Stress, Focus, and Well-Being?

An Empirical Study of 1Ls at a Midwestern Law School. By Richard C. Reuben and Kennon M. Sheldon 48 Southwestern L. Rev. 1 (2019)   This is the first empirical study to assess whether mindfulness meditation training can help law students with stress, focus, well-being, or academic performance.  The results were positive on all measures except for academic performance, which was inconclusive. Forty-seven University of Missouri School of Law students participated in the study over a two-year period. All students took a survey using standard scales to assess their stress, focus, and well-being when they enrolled in the study in the fall, and at the beginning and end of their training. Students in the test group participated in a weekly mindfulness training during the eight weeks leading up to first year,...

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How mindfulness can help us become more effective social change leaders

I have always had great difficulty asking for money—which is unfortunate for the founder and director of a nonprofit organization that depends on the donations of others to do its work. I felt great discomfort especially asking people that I knew for contributions to Global Grassroots, as if I were begging. I had a sense of shame around this. When I meditated on the discomfort, I recognized that I preferred to be self-sufficient and earn my resources. This felt like a more fair and just way of operating. It also made me feel more successful, less dependent, and more capable. Going deeper, I realized I had a need to feel that success was my own making, and that I did not need to ask for help. https://ssir.org/articles/entry/leading_from_within_conscious_social_change_and_mindfulness_for_social_inno...

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ABA Web Posting on Benefits of Mindfulness for Lawyers

By Jan Jacobowitz “I am calling for an all-out revolution.” These words reverberated through the federal district courthouse in Miami in the spring of 2012, but there was no one calling for security. In fact, it was eerily quiet in the conference room in which the call for revolution was sounded. How can that be? Well, the audience was a group of well-regarded litigation counsel and judges and the revolutionary leader a prominent federal district court judge. The revolution: Mindfulness in law as a vehicle for restoring civility, decreasing stress, and enhancing the fundamental fabric of the legal community. https://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/publications/tyl/topics/work-life/the_benefits_mindfulness_lawyers.html...

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