The ability to truly listen is one the most important skills a lawyer
and law student can possess. At the same time it is a rare commodity
in the legal profession. In this chapter the importance of listening
is explored along with a variety of tips and techniques for
effective listening. Obstacles to listening are addressed along with
ways that mindfulness practices can lower barriers to effective
listening so that others feel truly heard. Listening itself is
treated as a mindfulness practice, with instructions presented for
bringing this powerful practice into daily interactions, including
the “Do Not Interrupt” practice. So too, each of the mindfulness
practices learned earlier are is seen as listening practices -
listening to oneself - along with “affirmations” as a settling
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