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Justice Sotomayor Plugs Meditation

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave the keynote presentation at the American Constitution Society Annual Meeting yesterday. It was in the form of a Q&A with a former clerk, and much of the interview was conducted as she walked around the entire room shaking hands. That was pretty amazing by itself. At one point, she hugged a man and said told the audience "he is always trying to get me to meditate." She started to move on, then turned and said something to the effect of "That's going to happen one day, I really do believe." The tide continues to rise!...

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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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When Science Meets Mindfulness

In 2015, 16.1 million Americans reported experiencing major depression during the previous year, often struggling to function while grappling with crippling darkness and despair. There’s an arsenal of treatments at hand, including talk therapy and antidepressant medications, but what’s depressing in itself is that they don’t work for every patient. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/04/harvard-researchers-study-how-mindfulness-may-change-the-brain-in-depressed-patients/...

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Mindfulness at Columbia Law School

http://www.law.columbia.edu/news/2017/03/mindfulness-meditation-productivity Every Wednesday, a cross-section of the Columbia Law School community—students, faculty and staff—gathers in Jerome Greene Hall at lunch hour to take deep breaths and sit in silence together. They are part of a growing collective of individuals who are practicing secular mindfulness meditation, and introducing the concept into the intellectual life of the Law School....

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The Benefits of Mindfulness in Our Profession

Do you have a pre-conceived notion that mindfulness involves a hippie way of life, like tuning out the world and living in a temple at the top of a mountain? Do you think it’s a fad with no supporting evidence of its benefits? Or, like many people, do you think mindfulness can only be found in shavasana?...

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The Critical Role of Mindfulness in Dealing with Legal Issues

Mindfulness in general, and meditation practice in particular, serves to more firmly ground one in present-moment experience apart from thought-driven notions of how things need to be different than how they are in order to be “happy.”  It is the very thought that things can be any different than they are in reality that is misguided and at the root of much suffering and unhappiness....

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Can mindfulness meditation make you a better lawyer (and a better person)?

Every Wednesday, a cross-section of the Columbia Law School community—students, faculty and staff—gathers in Jerome Greene Hall at lunch hour to take deep breaths and sit in silence together. They are part of a growing collective of individuals who are practicing secular mindfulness meditation, and introducing the concept into the intellectual life of the Law School....

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