Chapter 7 Connection
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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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