Yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle carried "ZEN and the art of lawyering." I have presented before the benefits of meditation for lawyers — and the benefits for the clients of lawyers who meditate. This article gives more reasons to meditate including . . .
"You can still be a warrior," he [Farley Tolpen] said, "but because you're at peace with yourself and you're centered, you're not coming from rage or fear or anger."
Tolpen said he still gets mad and makes mistakes, though now the experience and emotion feel different: "I'm a work in progress. It's exciting."
The article includes stories of how several lawyers came to be meditators. And it draws a quote from an online interview of Professor Leonard Riskin . . .
A Zen approach to the law emerged in 1999, when Professor Leonard Riskin of the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law [now at University of Florida] began discussing mindfulness meditation in his law classes.
"I believe that mindfulness can help mediators and other dispute resolution professionals (including lawyers) feel