The interpersonal aspect of the study and practice of law is often
weighed down when its adversarial and competitive nature turns
personal. Mindfulness offers a clearer seeing of the dynamics at
play - wanting, fear, confusion - both within ourselves and each
other and practices such as connection and gratitude help clarify
things so that the adversarial process can proceed without taking an
unnecessary toll on well-being and job satisfaction. Readers learn a
key mindfulness practice, connection, also known as lovingkindness.
This practice helps cultivate an opening of the heart both to
ourselves and each other, with explicit focus on the importance of
softening the edges around challenging relationships (without
compromising zealous advocacy). The adaptable practices of
connection and gratitude fuel human flourishing which, in turn,
benefits our classmates, colleagues, family, and society.
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