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Legal Problems as Opportunities for Transformation

For most of us, feelings of “happiness” or “well-being” are to some extent a function of  life situations more or less conforming to preconceived notions of how life “should” be.  Such notions often include ways in which people behave towards us, together with thought-driven notions of how we need to be perceived in the minds of significant others and society at large.

Certain situations become “legal problems” when they violate these preconceived notions and internalized expectations as to how events should or should not unfold.  When these expectations are violated, most of us feel threatened and manifest some need for acknowledgment and validation that the action or inaction that has caused us harm was “wrong” by general societal standards.

There is a basic notion of “justice” that if certain societal notions of justice are violated, then the offender should compensate the “victim” to make that person whole.  But this overriding goal of restitution often becomes subordinate to vindication of the threat to one’s “happiness” brought on by these unexpected events or outcomes.

In this way, legal problems present us with valuable opportunities to more directly confront, and ultimately come to understand, our underlying expectations of how life should unfold.  Once these preconceived notions are more clearly identified, they can – perhaps for the first time – become appreciated more for what they are, i.e., mere thoughts.  These thoughts can then be differentiated form a felt connection to present-moment reality, thus providing a heightened sense of freedom from learned conditioning and habitual reactions.  In this way, legal problems may often serve as prime opportunities for personal transformation.

To learn more about holistic law practice, please contact Holistic Lawyer Michael Lubofsky, either by visiting http://www.Holistic-Lawyer.com, or by calling (415) 508-6263.

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The Critical Role of Mindfulness in Dealing with Legal Issues

Mindfulness in general, and meditation practice in particular, serves to more firmly ground one in present-moment experience apart from thought-driven notions of how things need to be different than how they are in order to be “happy.”  It is the very thought that things can be any different than they are in reality that is misguided and at the root of much suffering and unhappiness.

Mindfulness in Law PracticeA similarly misguided expectation, however, is that dedicated mindfulness practice can successfully insulate us from any existential pain that appears inherent in the human condition.  Sickness, aging, and death may lie at one end of the spectrum, while more innocuous conditions such as boredom may lie at another end.  These conditions are inevitable; but the thought-driven notions of how these conditions should not exist in the first place are illusory and are what precipitate suffering on top of the inevitable challenges of reality.

Legal issues seem to trigger a range of painful experience. As with most experiences that lead to suffering, fear is often the underlying antecedent of the suffering.  In most cases, however, this fear arises out of a thought-driven layer imposed on a condition existing in reality.  The challenge, both for attorneys and clients embroiled in conflict, is to remain open to and accepting of the actual situation in realty without becoming hooked by conditioned thought and/or judgements about the situation.

The ability to remain grounded in our experience without becoming hooked by our intellectual processing of that experience lies at the heart of mindfulness practice, and is critical for clients and attorneys trying to successfully navigate challenging life situations.

In the throes of legal issues or conflict, the cultivation of this ability, or lack thereof, will largely determine one’s ability to identify optimal solutions to often complicated issues.  To the extent that one has become hijacked by his or her thoughts in response to a given scenario, behaviors and decisions are likely to become oriented towards allaying some subconscious fear, usually related to one’s ego.  Because of the largely illusory roots of such fears, decisions and behaviors based on motivations springing from these roots will prove largely unsatisfactory, and produce less than optimal solutions for all directly or indirectly impacted by the way in which the conflict is ultimately resolved.

Thus, the ability to identify and implement optimal behaviors in response to everyday life situations in general, and legal issues or conflict in particular, is critical for happiness and demands a high degree of consciousness cultivated through sustained mindfulness practice.

More often than not, when a client comes to an attorney for advice or representation, he or she is at least partially ensnared by underlying conditioning and disconnected from present-moment reality (i.e., the reality is that he or she is caught in learned conditioning or fear, which are real, but usually not based in present-moment reality).  The goal of holistic law practice is to first help the client identify this conditioning so that he or she can then consciously disidentify from that conditioning and more meaningfully connect with what is really going on.  In so doing, the client becomes far more able to let go of unwarranted fear and become, in general, less reactive to the situation.  In becoming less reactive, he or she begins to open to a far more broad range of approaches to potentially resolve the conflict.

To learn more about the benefits of holistic law practice as a client, contact Holistic Lawyer Mike Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit http://www.Holistic-Lawyer.com.  If you are an attorney interested in how to integrate mindfulness in law practice, visit http://www.mindfulaw.com.

 

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Holistic Law: Blame and Attribution As a Means of Sidestepping Legal Problems

Through evolution, as an important means of survival, it was often critical when faced with challenges in meeting our basic needs that we were able to identify a cause in the environment that we could then act upon to remove the current obstacle.  In many of these primordial situations, if one were to just do nothing, he or she could be physically attacked by a hostile adversary or animal posing a direct threat to survival.

Thus, from an evolutionary psychology standpoint, it makes sense that he human ability to find external causes for difficult situations was critical for survival of the species.

As with many of our more ingrained coping strategies, however, our strong tendency towards identifying environmental factors as causes of challenging situations has become strongly habitual.  In contemporary society, we are seldom faced with immediate threats to our physical survival.  Nevertheless, when faced with difficult situations that prompt anxiety or fear, our conditioning often looks towards external causes that we may come to believe caused our current difficulties.

If this conditioned response mode is not met with a threshold of consciousness (i.e., grounding in present-moment experience), one can quickly become absorbed and seriously distracted with thought-driven stories about how this person or that person caused or brought about the threatening situation.  This tendency can soon lead to outward expressions of anger, blame, etc. as if these expressions might somehow alleviate the challenging situation.  In the process, however, one will become increasingly disconnected from present-moment experience and come to experience deeper unhappiness that, in itself, may prompt another cycle and layer of blame and attribution.

This type of cycle may be common within individuals involved in, or considering, legal action.  Whether involved in divorce, an employment law dispute, an accident that has caused physical injury, criminal prosecution of some type, etc., it is not difficult to imagine one easily becoming enmeshed in this blame and attribution cycle.  The extent to which this cycle gains momentum is the extent to which the individual is likely to overlook creative solutions to the current situation that might potentially serve to transform his or her life in truly positive ways.  Instead, decisions are likely to be made as to how one might exact revenge or retribution against the person, institutions, etc. that are considered responsible for the current situation.

Holistic law practice works with clients to, among other things, help temper this ingrained tendency towards blame and attribution and instead heighten one’s connection to present-moment experience.  It is within this heightened mindfulness that clients can identify optimal solutions to their challenging legal situations.  To learn more, contact Holistic Attorney Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit http://www.holistic-lawyer.com.

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The Danger of Defensive Reaction When Dealing With Legal Problems

Mindfulness has at its core the cultivation of a heightened ability to consciously connect with present-moment experience.  Doing this often involves a process over time of dis-identification from “ego” or thought-driven notions about how “I am” or “you are,” as a “separate” individual.  When we remain stuck in such learned conditioning, we are far more likely to react to difficult situations in an unconscious, defensive manner principally aimed at keeping one’s ego intact and preserving our relatively static notion of “self.”

To the extent that one’s ego derails an individual from present-moment experience (i.e., “reality”), he or she is likely to become agitated, anxious, and reactive.  In the process he or she will often fail to identify creative approaches to these situations, miss opportunities to deepen consciousness, and ultimately remain stuck in old patterns of habitual reactions.

The inability to maintain one’s connection to present-moment experience can be very common when facing legal problems that may have implications for situations in one’s life that have come to form the core of how he or she has come to define his or her “self.”

Mindfulness in law practice is essential in helping clients break out of non-productive and often harmful habitual reactions to these challenging life situations, and instead open to new possibilities that extend beyond the perceived boundaries of the “self.”  The inability to approach legal situations in a mindful way will often lead to recurrence of similar undesirable life situations in the future.

To learn more about the incorporation of mindfulness in law practice, contact Holistic Lawyer Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit http://www.Holistic-Lawyer.com.

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Finding Peace in the Midst of Legal Problems

Legal problems tend to involve life situations that may prompt examination of the past and fears about the future.  In particular, one may begin to examine his or her role in bringing about the current situation a s a result of past actions and/or decisions.  He or she may also worry about how the future may manifest itself depending on how the current legal matter is ultimately involved.

Problems in this context often arise when these tendencies prompting reflection on the past and fears concerning the future cause one to become disengaged from present-moment experience.  At this point, one runs the risk of approaching his or her current situation either by defending decisions made or actions taken in he past, or by trying to manipulate the current situation so as to potentially reduce the likelihood of unfavorable feared outcomes in the future.

What is lost in this approach in an inner wisdom accessible only when one is able to let go of concerns about past and future and become more highly conscious of things as the are, right now, apart from judgements, interpretations, expectations, and thought-driven notions of how things “should” or “should not” be.

The incorporation of mindfulness in law practice can work to bring clients more deeply back to present-moment experience so as to reduce the likelihood that formal legal action or strategy will spring from learned conditioning and habitual reactions that may be highly likely to muddle and complicate the current situation.  If legal action is taken based on such habitual reactions to egoic threats, there is a high likelihood that the current undesirable situation will repeat itself in the future.

A holistic law approach that helps to cultivate a more mindful, conscious approach to legal situations holds the potential of approaching challenging situations in ways that can positively transform the lives of all involved, instead of perpetuating current conflict and difficulties.

To learn more about holistic law practice, contact Attorney Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit http://www.holistic-lawyer.com.

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The Role of Unsatisfactoriness in Legal Problems

The first noble truth in Buddhist philosophy is that life includes dukkha which is roughly translated from Pali by contemporary scholars as a sense of “unsatisfactoriness.”  From an evolutionary standpoint, being “wired” with this sensitivity makes sense as an internal motivator for humans to venture out into their environments seeking food, shelter, procreation, etc.

One could argue that we as a species have reached an evolutionary milestone, at least within contemporary American culture, at which our basic survival needs are largely satisfied, and much of the dangers to survival that may have predominated at some earlier point in our evolution are no longer present.

Nevertheless, our programmed inclination towards “unsatisfactoriness” still exists, to some extent, within all of us.  It would seem plausible that this programming continues, however, to motivate us to almost continuously scan the environment for perceived threats.  In contemporary times with most true threats to our survival extinguished, perceived threats have come to primarily include internal, thought-driven notions of identity or “ego,” and ideas of how life “should” or “should not” be.

It it is within this second category of perceived threats to identity driven largely by ideas of how life needs to be that often gives rise to legal conflict. Individuals will invoke legal process to effectuate some result that they believe will, to some extent, cause life to become more in line with his or her expectations of how life should be.

The integration of mindfulness in law practice seeks to address this phenomenon at its root by working to cultivate heightened clarity on a client’s preconceived notion that may be motivating a desire to pursue litigation in the first instance. By helping clients begin to dis-identify from these conditioned notions, more creative solutions beyond adversarial litigation are far more likely to manifest. These holistic solutions are far more likely to truly help the client in potentially transformational ways, as well as move society towards a more just foundation.

to learn more about holistic law and the integration of mindfulness in law practice, contact Attorney Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit http://www.mindfulaw.com.

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Mindfulness in Law Practice as Key To Optimal Client Solutions

The arising of most life situations calling for legal action or intervention involves the coming together of innumerable factors over time.  In order to craft and execute optimal legal solutions, it is necessary to consider as many of these pastors as possible.  This incisive approach is the primary goal of integrating mindfulness in law practice.

In traditional law practice, an attorney is primarily concerned with understanding the goals articulated by the client at the outset of representation.  Usually, these goals are considered in a dualistic framework in which client goals or objectives will be achieved at the expense of another.  This approach will most often overlook other factors present in the client’s situation which, if considered, could hold the key to identifying solutions that could help the client far into the future.  In certain situations, a client’s life could be truly transformed through this process.

Mindfulness in law practice requires intention on the part of both the attorney and client to move beyond preconceived notions, conditioned thought, and habitual reactions that may be causing the client to view his or her situation in a myopic fashion.  This is accomplished through mindfulness exercises integrated into the practice of law.  This is the primary goal of holistic lawyering.

To learn more about integrating mindfulness in law practice, contact Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit http://www.mindfulaw.com.

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Mindfulness: More Being Than Doing

Mindfulness and meditation free us from the narrow judgments and limited thoughts associated with ego, connecting us instead to boundless experience that we call “life.”  Some people believe that this transcendent experience can arise only in the presence of very specific conditions, or when engaged in particularly “spiritual” activities.

In reality, the opening of the heart in a way that transcends limited thought has more to do with conscious attention focused on one’s direct, present-moment experience, almost irrespective of what activity in which one is engaged at any particular point in time.  Thus, true inner peace can be found more in “being” than “doing.”

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Holistic Law: Providing Optimal Clarity in Conflict Resolution

Almost by definition, involvement with our civil justice system presupposes the occurrence of some event perceptively violative of one’s conditioned notions of “right” and “wrong” behavior.  Such circumstances can easily serve to trigger habitual reactions towards “unfairness” that may stem from early life experiences and conditioning.  It is such conditioning that may cumulatively come to form the foundation of an “ego” or self-concept that may largely dictate one’s decision-making and overt behavior unless one becomes later able to dis-identify from these conditioned patterns and instead cultivate heightened conscious attention to present-moment experience.

Traditional law practice largely ignores one’s conditioned thinking and habitual reactions prior to determining a course of action.  Even if a client is able to enjoy a short-lived “victory” through the litigation process, ignorance of these dynamics is highly likely to do little more than perpetuate his or her unchecked habitual reactions in the future.  The attorney fails to to truly help a client in the long run, and often serves to accomplish little more than ensuring the likelihood that a similar undesirable situation will recur.

It is this likely recurrence of undesirable life situations that can result in a serious drain to the client in terms of further wasted time, physical and emotional energy, financial resources, etc.  Thus, by failing to employ a holistic approach, traditional law practice fails to truly serve the client.

In contrast, holistic law practice emphasizes work with clients to uncover conditioned thought and habitual reactions to facilitate a client’s dis-identification from these factors.  In facilitating this dis-identification, clients become far better able to view their situation with unprecedented clarity, less bound to the past, and can then work toward creative solutions to conflict resolutions that hold true transformative potential.

To learn more about holistic law practice, contact Attorney Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit http://www.MINDFULAW.com.

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The Critical Role of Mindfulness in Successfully Dealing With Legal Problems

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.