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Mindfulness & Well-Being

Resources to help you cope with stress.

What is Mindfulness?

"Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally...in the service of self-understanding and wisdom."  Jon Kabat-Zinn, Defining Mindfulness

Mindfulness and the Law

"Lawyers, and other professionals who work in high stress, often toxic and demanding, roles which involve high personal, physical and emotional health, and financial stakes should want to learn how they can 'take care of themselves'.  Although often ignored or denied as part of the professional’s daily walk and work, self-care and compassion for self constitute important, overlooked aspects of professionalism."  Dan DeFoe, Brief Mindfulness Meditation Primer for Lawyers

"Contrary to popular beliefs, lawyers aren’t robots. We’re humans with feelings, emotions, and limitations... I cannot be a good attorney, spouse, friend, sister, or daughter if I’m constantly running on fumes, exhausted, unhappy, and sleep-deprived. The practice of mindfulness is the practice of taking our internal temperature and noticing how we are feeling — physically, emotionally, psychologically — and making small course adjustments so that we don’t burn out..."  Jeena Cho, Why Every Lawyer Should Be Practicing Mindfulness