Mindfulness Quote of the Day
You alone are the judge of your worth and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.

--Deepak Chopra

Mindfulness Quote of the Day
The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
--Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness Quote of the Day
Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.

--Marcus Aurelius

Mindfulness Quote of the Day
Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else.

--Carlos Castaneda

Mindfulness Quote of the Day
It’s a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately fill up the space. By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness as well as fundamental spaciousness.

--Pema Chödrön

Mindfulness Quote of the Day
Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.

--Cherokee Native American Proverb

Mindfulness Quote of the Day
When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

--Alexander Graham Bell

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Video Segment from The 2010 Mindful Lawyer Conference
at Boalt Hall

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Video Segment from Annual Florida Bar Convention
Mindfulness, Neuroscience & Lawyer Effectiveness

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Mindfulness Book
for Law Students

Mindfulness and the Law Student

The law school experience is a rich one that boasts an exciting history. To attend law school is to journey into a terrain that marks the very foundation of our societies, cultures, and civilizations. Whether you are learning contracts law, ethics and professionalism, or jurisprudence, you are being exposed to what has been for many, a source of lifelong exhilaration. The rewards for a career well practiced are many -- intrinsic, financial, and social.

This experience and the opportunities that flow from it are yours for the taking. If you are like most law students, you entered (or are entering) law school with much enthusiasm and a little trepidation. As for the trepidation, you may wonder from time to time: How will I fare? Will I be top of my class?

The Mindfulness Memo
A Meeting of the Minds, Mirror Neurons, and Mindfulness

In the law a “meeting of the minds” is necessary for a binding contract. Neuroscience research is exploring how social networks in the brain--and mirror neurons, in particular--may tap into the source of our capacity to reach a more subjective meeting of the minds. Justice Holmes . . click here to read more.

Will I graduate? Will I get a good job? Will I make law review? or moot court? Will I learn to think like a lawyer? Will I be able to pay off my student loans? Will my family be proud of me?

These and the many other concerns that law students report can lead to intense stress as the law school experience progresses and the competition, culture, and uncertainties of law school ripen. Such stress can lead to anxiety and depression and undue worry and obsessions. We all have our various coping behaviors, some of which are constructive while others can be destructive. These stressors can trigger our turning toward these behaviors.

While it can certainly be said that this is the nature of law school. A look at mindfulness invites you to experience the intense competition, culture, and uncertainties by embracing it all with courage and passion -- approaching the mystery of each moment with profound excitement and joy.

As you will learn from this website and the countless books and articles (see resource center) written on the role of contemplative practices, like mindfulness, to relabel these experiences is to to learn ways to boldly go where you may never have gone before

The Institute for Mindfulness Studies (IMS) brings the contemplative practice of mindfulness to law students by offering mindfulness insights and instruction in techniques specifically designed for legal professionals. Our focus for law students is to enrich the law school experience so that it is a time of great learning, growth, and excitement. You can read our Mission Statement by clicking here.

The Jurisight® program, developed by IMS, brings together groundbreaking work in the field of neuroscience and the contemplative practice of mindfulness. Jurisight was developed by Scott Rogers, M.S., J.D., director of the Institute, attorney, and longtime practitioner of mindfulness, after working closely with law students and attorneys interested in bringing greater balance into their lives and enhancing their well-being and performance. The Jurisight programs incorporate imagery and concepts integral to the law, thereby facilitating a students understanding of, retention, and application of these techniques. The effectiveness of Jurisight is found in its seamless application to a law students busy and stressful life.

When people incorporate mindfulness practices, they are better equipped to deal with the unexpected, however it presents itself. In addition, they develop and enhance their capacity to be more genuine and present for what arises in their interactions with their classmates, professors, partners, and family. They are also able to focus with greater clarity on assignments and work.

The result is a momentous shift in well-being and efficacy as the student responds to stressful and uncomfortable events with greater ease, from a newfound place of balance. The mind is clearer and the moment fresher. Performance is optimized. Carryover changes realized in family and personal relationships can be extraordinary.

Each moment offers us all the opportunity to see life anew, to fulfill the promise of our true natures, and to embrace one another from a place of balance and openness.

If you are an educator with a law school, contact us to learn more about how we might work together to help bring greater clarity and purpose to your students educational experience. You can read some law student comments from recent programs by clicking here.