The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation

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"This book offers an easy to follow program for beginning a meditation practice, written by lawyers and for lawyers. I highly recommend this book for anyone in the legal world who has wondered about meditation but hesitated to get started." 
-- Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution

Interest in meditation and mindfulness has skyrocketed in recent years, thanks largely to neuroimaging and the body of scientific research that has validated the many benefits of these practices. Sadly, the legal community has for the most part been left out, even though lawyers would clearly benefit from mindfulness. Many lawyers feel hesitant to try meditation, which can seem alien and inaccessible from the vantage point of a professional culture that places great value on logic and reason. 

Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford set out to help address this gap in The Anxious Lawyer. Both Cho and Gifford began meditating as practicing attorneys, and have firsthand knowledge of the difficulties and rewards of legal practice. They experienced how meditation and mindfulness practices support a more effective and enjoyable legal practice. Both also found unexpected rewards of meditation that go deeper: better self understanding, more rewarding relationships and a deeper feeling of connection with the world.

The Anxious Lawyer provides a straightforward 8-week introductory program on meditation and mindfulness, created by lawyers for lawyers. The program draws on examples from Cho and Gifford's professional and personal lives to create an accessible and enjoyable entry into practices that can reduce anxiety, improve focus and clarity, and enrich the quality of life.

The program includes:
·      Instruction on a number of simple meditation techniques
·      Concrete guidance for establishing a daily meditation and mindfulness practice
·      Exercises designed to give the reader practical experience in bringing the insights of meditation and mindfulness to meeting the challenges of daily life - and particularly of legal practice
·      Practical examples of how mindfulness and meditation can help to cultivate a more joyful and satisfying law practice
·      Discussion of scientific research on the effects of meditation and what the evidence shows about its benefits
·      Practical tools, including access to guided meditations and worksheets that allow the reader to track his or her progress

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This book will provide a straightforward introduction to meditation and mindfulness using language and examples that will be familiar and comfortable to those in the legal community. It will address specific challenges attorneys face, common situations they find themselves in, and provide practical tools for coping with these challenges and stresses. It is particularly timely for a number of reasons. 
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.

About the Author:

Jeena Cho (San Francisco, CA) is a San Francisco bankruptcy attorney with JC Law Group PC.In addition to her law practice, Jeena teaches wellness, self-care techniques, and mindfulness to lawyers. She has completed multiple trainings on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as well as at Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training course. 
Karen Gifford (San Francisco, CA) is a former litigation attorney, executive coach, and meditation teacher. She is currently working at the start up company, Ripple. 

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