Whether dealing with marital difficulties, financial stressors, problems in the workplace, etc., individuals seeking legal assistance are often feeling threatened and insecure. Often these individuals are grappling with fear that can often trigger habitual, defensive reactions that cloud decision-making when clarity is most needed.
Such defensive reactions are of little surprise when considering the extent to which individuals in contemporary American society to construct identities based on certain life roles such as being a spouse, parent, type of professional, and certain indicia of social status such as income level and material possessions. When such an identity is threatened by unforeseen life events, the ego will fight to defend its identity, the threat to which may be felt as some sort of impending death.
As long as those facing legal difficulties continue to act out of anded to protect this ego-based identity, they will tend to approach legal matters in an adversarial fashion aimed largely at demonstrating that “I am right/you are wrong.”
What is critically necessary at this point is an ability to move beyond ego and cultivation of an ability to connect more intimately with present-moment experience. It is this conscious connection to being that gives rise to a heightened sense of compassion, both for one’s self and others, as well as holding the seeds of creative solutions to best serve the needs of all involved in the long-term.
Traditional law practice, overtly built on an adversarial model, directly feeds the dualistic, ego-based identity and often ignores far better solutions that lie within a more mindful connection to present-moment experience. By contrast, the integration of mindfulness exercises into law practice holds potential for the identification of optimal solutions that truly serve the needs of clients.
To learn more about holistic legal services that combine mindfulness and law practice, contact Holistic Lawyer Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit http://www.Holistic-Lawyer.com.