Earlier this month I posted about an upcoming mindfulness retreat for lawyers. In today's New York Law Journal is an article about the retreat, as well as the benefits of mindfulness in the practice of law. From "Become a Better Counselor Through Meditation":
In an article for the spring 2002 issue of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, professor Leonard L. Riskin of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law [Professor Riskin is now at University of Florida Levin College of Law] proposed meditation as an antidote to his two paramount concerns: high levels of debilitating stress among lawyers and law students, and the related tendency of those who suffer stress to give bad legal advice.
"These problems stem in part from certain narrow, adversarial mind-sets that tend to dominate the way most lawyers think and most legal education is structured," wrote Riskin. Such attitudes, he added, "tend to promote egocentric behavior, excessive adversarialism, and a lack of balance between personal and professional aspects of life, which often lead to unhealthy levels of stress, to experiences of isolation, emptiness and absence of meaning, and to the rendering of inadequate or inappropriate services."
The Contemplative Center's Web site pledges that its meditative training can help lawyers "quiet the mind, enhance clarity and professional effectiveness, and restore a more peaceful balance" between personal and professional life.
Other links on mindfulness in the law.