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The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation Hardcover – June 7, 2016
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"As someone who has meditated for thirty years, I was very happy to find this wonderful and effective introduction to the practice. While the "thinking mind" is a critical tool for lawyers, meditation relaxes the thinking mind, allowing new and creative insights to surface. Most of my best trial strategies and business initiatives emerged in this way! But the real benefit is the peace and calmness that meditation has added to my life. Jeena and Karen are offering the profession a profound gift."
"As an attorney who has struggled with substance use, eating disorders and other mental health issues, mindfulness has been an invaluable tool in my recovery. It is great to see Jeena and Karen leading the way with The Anxious Lawyer."
"Much more than a how-to manual or text, the book speaks to the reader as a friend while providing amazingly useful insights. It reveals how meditation can help us find satisfaction and fulfillment in law as well as in life."
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On the one hand, the pressures of legal practice have never been higher. As lawyers, we are constant witnesses to human suffering. Clients come to us with complicated problems that the legal process may be ill-suited to address. The economic pressures on legal practitioners are greater than ever. We are expected to win at all costs. We constantly push ourselves harder, to work more, to bill that extra 0.1 hour. It's no wonder that lawyers have one of the highest rates of substance abuse and depression of any profession.
While they are beleaguered, lawyers have few tools to deal with the strains. Interest in meditation has skyrocketed in recent years, successfully engaging the business community, but the advantages and benefits of meditation have not yet been widely recognized by the legal profession. This is ironic because a lawyer's mind is arguably or her most used and valued instrument.
As a group, lawyers may be reluctant to attempt meditation. Often presented in a way that feels artificial and inaccessible, it seems antithetical to a culture that places great value on logic and reason. However, meditation and mindfulness are simply tools for training the mind. In fact, "mindfulness" means "paying attention." This book will appeal to lawyers because it is premised on the clear and scientific principle that the brain, like the body, can be trained and optimized to perform better.
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Hardcover : 251 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1627226240
- ISBN-10 : 9781627226240
- Dimensions : 7.2 x 0.94 x 10.37 inches
- Publisher : Ankerwycke (June 7, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1627226249
- Best Sellers Rank: #822,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I like the personal stories of the two authors that shared their journey that led them onto this path. The book itself is structured in a simple way into 8 weeks of practices. I suppose people do need accountability to continue but the book has made it simple enough to see results and then be motivated to continue.
Good book, I recommend it!
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The authors tailor their teachings on their subject specifically for lawyers, and to the stresses that are part and parcel of the legal profession. These include compassion fatigue, pressure to generate high billings, adversarial litigation, dealing with difficult clients, opposing counsel and judges, and generally losing balance in one's life. Lawyers are asked to shoulder other people's problems, and have very little control in eventual outcomes because of the number of variables that present themselves. In addition to providing a "how to meditate" course, the authors, both lawyers themselves, share their own personal experiences with these problems and offer very specific guidance to the reader on how to address many of these work stresses. They offer practical and useful advice, while ably presenting a good case for why meditation is especially beneficial to lawyers and how mindfulness can help lawyers to better focus on the task before them, work more efficiently, and lead more balanced lives.
The question begs to be asked as to whether or not this book is beneficial to non-lawyers. Clearly the meditation practices will be of benefit to anyone, as will the exercises for generating intention and purpose in one's life. Some of the helpful suggestions about dealing with difficult clients and colleagues, and about handling compassion fatigue will translate to many other professions. Much of the book is specifically targetted to lawyers and those sections will not be as useful outside of the practice of law. The crux of each chapter is an introduction to a new type of meditation practice and an application of that principle to everyday activities. These are of benefit to everyone.
I have found the eight-week meditation assignments beneficial and have felt an increased level of calm and acceptance as a result. While I cannot guarantee that it will be the magic pill for everyone wrestling with some form of anxiety, as the authors point out, the benefits of regular meditation have been empirically shown to have a number of health benefits, both physically and emotionally. These authors have crafted a workable and methodical program that can lead to a more disciplined, less stressful approach to meditation, one that doesn't take much time, and one that offers a viable option for the busy professional.