Chapter 4 Awareness
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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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