February 23, 2018
Mindfulness and Confirmation of a Plan of Reorganization for a More Successful Life
In 2014 Paul's firm organized, (in partnership with Miami Law and the DCBA Mindfulness in Law Task Force), a Mindfulness in Law event for members of the South Florida legal profession attended by more than 150 judges and attorneys. He has spoken on mindfulness to lawyers, business professionals and judges, offering a practical perspective on mindfulness and its relevance to our professional and personal lives.
In 2016 his firm offered another mindfulness training, this time offering special event mindfulness programs for the firm's team members and clients. Berger Singerman is presently collaborating with Miami Law's Mindfulness in Law Program to offer regularly recurring online mindfulness sittings for members of the legal community.
Paul speaks regularly at bar events on mindfulness and its connection to the lives of lawyers, judges, and law students. Perhaps most notable, Paul is a wise, authentic, and caring human being. Learn more about Paul by clicking here.
Recap of class discussion points.
Instruction on mindful walking.
READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS
—Kabat-Zinn, “Mindfulness for Beginners,” pp. 148-150 and Track 4 of the CD.
—Rogers, "Mindfulness for Law Students," p. 64.
Click here for the link to the Dan Harris, Nightline video we watched in class.
Reading Packet (Select Points for Reflection)
—Singerman, P., "The Return on Investment from My Study and Practice of Mindfulness,"
We are continuously receiving data from the world around us—and, as we are becoming especially attentive to, within us. We receive this data through our various senses.
Assignment: Reflect on how the article relates to listening.
—Rogers, S., "What Exactly is Mindful Listening"
It would be helpful if we could deeply listen to another person and truly hear their words and understand what they wish to convey. Even with the intention to do so, there is frequently interference that limits how much we actually receive, both in terms of the words spoken and meaning. Mindful listening is about being open and receptive to what is being said and imparted. The practice of mindful listening has less to do with trying to listen better, than it does being more aware of what interferes with deep listening. With that awareness—and the skillful way of attending to it—one's capacity to listen deeply may improve.
Assignment: Apply what you learn from the article to everyday conversations.
—Keeva, S., "The Listening Practice"
Steven Keeva offers us another profound discussion of ways to enrich and deepen our work in the law, honing and refining our skills.
Writing Assignment: Reflect on something you learned (or were reminded of) that you believe would lead to your being a more effective listener. Practice it this week and, using between one and two pages, set forth (1) what you chose, (2) why you chose it, and (3) what you observed in practice. Please bring to class, or email it in advance, whichever you prefer.
—HuffPost, "Meditation Could Improve Empathy, Study Suggests
Research suggests that mindfulness can help us cultivate greater empathy.
Assignment: Reflect on the last potion of the article connecting empathy to a physician's patients disease state—and of what Steve Keeva wrote about in relation to lawyers listening to their clients, and their clients feeling heard.
This is a week of full time mindfulness practice. The form it takes is mindful listening. There is much that we can "listen to" along with the words someone is saying.
Do Not Interrupt As often as your remember to do so this week, when you are about to have a conversation with someone (or even when in the midst of a conversation), form the intention to not interrupt them while they are talking. As you attempt to execute on this intention, notice the tugs and impulses, and other aspects fo your interior experience, that arise. Make note of them on the "Listening Practice" pages of the handout and bring to class. Be prepared to discuss your experience with Paul Singerman.
Mindful Walking (and Listening to Sound) Each day (perhaps leave reminders or make a deliberate plan) walk a little more mindfully aware of your footsteps and be especially attentive to sound. (The above video may be helpful if we did not walk together).
Your Cell Phone As often this week as you can bear (but at least once), place your cell phone at a distance (or turn it off) while driving or when in transit. Pay attention to the impulses and tugs that arise, and other aspects of the experience. Make notes in the Mindfulness Practice Handout pages on "Listening Practice" so that you can remember your experience to discuss in class.
Insight Timer Practice mindful sitting using Insight Timer for as little or as long as you like, if at all.
Songs from Class
(The Logical Song)
Simon and Garfunkel
(Leaves That Are Green)