Awareness, often used interchangeably with mindfulness - or mindful
awareness - is explored as an innate capacity that can be seen as
separate from mindfulness itself. The difference between awareness
and attention is considered along with their interdependent
relationship. The metaphor of a lightbulb is introduced to treat
awareness as a conscious knowing of what is arising in the field of
present-moment experience. The mindfulness practice known as open
monitoring is introduced as one way to cultivate greater awareness,
including the ability to observe the contents of consciousness and
the detection of mind wandering. Finding the sweet spot of attention
and awareness is understood as an effective state of mind to
optimize effectiveness in real world interactions that occur
throughougt the study and practice of law.
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