What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an essential, foundational skill for just about everything, but especially for those who need incisive, clear focus and the ability to manage intense stressors and pressure. Jeff's enthusiasm and energy in developing this skill with attorneys is invaluable!
Mindfulness can be described by 50 different people 50 different ways, but for those of us who require definition (most lawyers), in the parlance of The Mindful Law Coaching & Consulting Group, LLC (“MLCCG”), mindfulness is best described as an attitude, or approach to life—the way in which one conducts one’s self—in one’s personal life, and in one’s professional life.

Among lawyers, the concept of mindfulness can be broadly equated with the concepts of “civility” and “professionalism”. A mindful lawyer will also be a civil lawyer, and a professional lawyer—and in many ways, a civil or professional lawyer will tick a lot of mindfulness boxes.

For those who may want a more precise definition, MLCCG would refer to the oft-repeated definition formulated by American mindfulness icon, Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”.

MLCCG defines mindfulness a bit less formally-- more experientially. For us, mindfulness is a natural ability we all possess, to engage with people, places or things, with immediacy and full attention, without personal significance or meaning, and without any preconceived notion as to past causes or future outcomes. Mindfulness is child-like, but not child-ish.

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