Teaching (About) Mindfulness: A Tale of Two Courses
25 Pages Posted: 3 May 2016 Last revised: 7 Sep 2016
Date Written: April 28, 2016
To practice mindfulness is to pay attention in a curious, deliberate, kind, and non-judgmental way to life as it unfolds each moment. Mindfulness is currently very fashionable and has been so for sometime now in American business, education, media, popular culture, and sports. Many American law students, law professors, law schools, lawyers, and legal organizations are considering how mindfulness can be helpful in law and conflict resolution. Much of the popularity of mindfulness stems from research about how mindfulness can improve mental and physical health by reducing stress and negative affect. This Essay tells a tale of teaching (about) mindfulness in two courses: first, a seminar about law and neuroscience, and second, a required law school course about legal ethics and professionalism. These courses offer memorable lessons that mindfulness is an experience and provides a space in which to pause and then choose well.
Keywords: Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Teaching, Legal Ethics, Professionalism, Real Options
JEL Classification: K10, K13, K19, K30, K39, K42
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