I was happy to see that Santa Clara Law now has a room in the library for law students, staff, and faculty. Its purpose?
It is our hope that students utilize this space for silent meditation, prayer, and reflection. A number of studies have demonstrated the value of mindfulness and meditation and its connection to academic achievement. We aspire to make mindfulness a practice at Santa Clara Law that is open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation or background.
Read more here.
When I saw that the only benefits of these practices mentioned in the writeup were academic achievement and decompressing, I was initially disappointed. Coincidentally, at lunch today, I was talking with another member of Colorado Contemplative Lawyers Society about how disheartening it is that the benefit of improved client service is seldom mentioned in articles and posts about mindfulness in the law. And then I saw the SCU Law writeup ended with the wonderful words of The Prayer of Saint Francis and I smiled. "... grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console ... ." Yep, that can be a benefit of reflective practices!