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Start 2016 mindfully!
Would you like to find healthy ways of working with your stress and anxiety?
Over the course of 8-weeks, you’re invited to pause, reflect and practice being instead of constantly doing. You’ll be in a small group of lawyers who are also committed to exploring, finding ways of cultivating a joyful, and saner law practice.
If you are struggling to maintain balance in this era of constant distractions and 24/7 connection, you are not alone. In this experiential course, we’ll explore:
- Using mindfulness to ease stress and anxiety
- Coping mechanisms for working with difficulties – complex cases, unreasonable clients, hostile opposing counsel and other difficult situations
- Exploring your goals and values, and finding ways to align your life
- How to reduce mind wandering – increase focus/ concentration
- Creating a healthy relationship with digital technology
- Breaking negative habitual behaviors
- Mindful listening
- Mindful eating
- Defining and becoming familiar with your authentic lawyering style
This course is for you if:
→ You’d like to learn the foundation of mindfulness and meditation and incorporate it into your life
→ Your life feels unsustainable and you’re ready for a change
→ You’re constantly running on fumes
→ You’d like to invite more joy into your life
→ You’d like to improve your interpersonal communication skills – especially with those you’re having difficulties with such as opposing counsel
→ You’d like to explore and break negative habits
→ You’d like to find additional tools for living and thriving with stress and anxiety
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness means to pay attention and accept each moment as is without preference or judgment. In this 8-week course, we’ll explore the basics of meditation and mindfulness practice, which can provide you with a better way of living and being – one in which you’re aware of your thoughts and responses, as opposed to going through life on autopilot. Consider mindfulness meditation as training for the brain.
Mindfulness meditation can help:
- Decrease adverse physical and psychological symptoms
- Increase your ability to cope with stressful situations
- Increase resiliency and the ability to be responsive instead of reactive
- Increase energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improve your ability to cope with pain and manage negative emotions
- Reduce the impact of stress and anxiety
- Improve concentration and focus
- 8-week curriculum [Click here]
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM (PST), January 12, 2016 – March 1, 2016.
Wednesdays, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM, January 13, 2016 – March 2, 2016.
Seyfarth & Shaw, LLP
560 Mission St Suite 3100, San Francisco, CA 94105
Optional weekend retreat at Esalen
February 26, 2016 – February 28, 2016 (please note, you must register separately for the retreat). [Click here for details.] Retreat attendees receive 50% off of workshop.
Course Books (included in cost):
The Anxious Lawyer (ABA)
Heal Thy Self
- $2,000 – regular registration
- $1,547 – early bird registration (register by January 8, 2016)
$1,487 – super early bird registration (register by December 18, 2015)
- $998 – government and nonprofit attorneys
- $1,900 – regular registration
- $1,447 – early bird registration (register by January 8, 2016)
$1,387 – super early bird registration (register by December 18, 2015)
- $898 – government and nonprofit attorneys
Reduction in fee available based on economic need. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeena Cho is a partner at JC Law Group PC, a bankruptcy law firm in San Francisco, CA. In addition to her law practice, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to lawyers. Jeena started her meditation practice at the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, NY. She has completed several classes in Mindfulness and Compassion Cultivation Training at a number of institutions including Stanford University, and has attended numerous retreats on mindfulness at organizations including the Spirit Rock, Insight Retreat Center and the San Francisco Zen Center. She has completed the teacher training practicum for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). [Click here for full bio.]
Ellen Beilock is a mindfulness instructor and meditation facilitator. Having had an close-up view of stress and conflict as a long term lawyer and mediator – and the toll those pressures exert – her goal is to help lawyers find ways to reduce stress and find more contentment and life satisfaction. She has completed extensive MBSR teacher training through programs approved by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Praise from Previous Class Participants
Jeena Cho is a very skilled facilitator modeling the ideal attorney – one who is 100% present! She exudes grace, compassion, and wisdom.
-Angeli Fitch, Criminal Defense Attorney
I loved the class–it has brought me to the path of mindfulness in my day to day life as a practicing attorney.
-Sarah Van Voorhis, Family Law Attorney
Mindfulness for Attorneys changed my perspective on how to approach challenges in the workplace and at home. Under Jeena’s guidance and never-ending patience, my meditation practice has become a daily ritual which I look forward to at the end of the day. My anxiety has decreased and I feel much more centered; I am even sleeping better.
-Laura Blumenstein, Civil Litigation Attorney
I loved that it was a safe space for everyone to connect and talk about their experiences. I also really enjoyed the meditations that were part of the class, and the ongoing discussions.
– Allison Elgart, Legal Director, Equal Justice Society