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


Video Segment from The 2010 Mindful Lawyer Conference
at Boalt Hall


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

Mindfulness Books for Lawyers and Law Students

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Mindfulness and the Law

Over the past two decades, there has been increasing awareness in the United States to mindfulness—paying attention to life in the present moment. Over this same period, research in the the field of neuroscience has uncovered and continues to explore how “mindful awareness” and the way we choose to attend to our experience, transforms not just behavior, but the very structure and function of the brain. The Institute for Mindfulness Studies (IMS) brings the contemplative practice of mindfulness to practitioners of law by offering mindfulness insights and instruction in techniques specifically designed for attorneys. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and practice for attorneys and law students and to contribute to the re-establishment of society’s recognition of the challenging and admirable role played by attorneys. You can read our Mission Statement by clicking here.

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.

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, founder and director of the Mindfulness in Law Program of the University of Miami School of Law, attorney, and longtime practitioner of mindfulness, after working closely with 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 lawyer’s understanding of, retention, and application of these techniques. The effectiveness of Jurisight is found in its seamless application to an attorney’s busy and sometimes stressful life.

When attorneys 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 clients, their colleagues, with witnesses, and their adversaries. They are also able to focus with greater clarity on assignments and work.

The result is a momentous shift in well-being and efficacy in one’s professional and private life. The practitioner 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. Click here to read what lawyers are saying about the various Jurisight programs.

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. Contact us to learn more about how we might work together to help bring greater clarity and purpose to your practice and life. Click here to read about the different programs we offer.

The Institute for Mindfulness Studies works with law schools bringing contemplative practices and Jurisight to law students. Click here to learn more about our work with law students.