The Mindful Lawyer conference begins today with the neuroscience of mindfulness
Posted Oct 30 2010 12:00am
I am looking forward to this morning's sessions. Right now most of the attendees are meditating, following another exercise in which they participated earlier: either yoga or Qi Gong.
From the Web site about this morning (times at Pacific):
Plenary A - Meditation and the Brain Centuries-old contemplative practices are now being studied in the lab. Through the use of powerful technologies for imaging the activity of the brain, we better understand the importance and impact of different types of meditation practices. Clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, Philippe Goldin, offers us cutting-edge insights into what neuroscience research has to say about the benefits of meditation from which we may more fully consider its application to our professional and personal lives. Moderator: Scott Rogers Presenter: Philippe Goldin, PhD 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.Plenary B - The Art and Science of Mindfulness: A Psychological Perspective Studies in psychology and the social sciences about the effects of mindfulness on social interactions and the management of stress have implications for our effectiveness as counselors, advocates, teachers, students, and decision-makers in the legal profession. Join psychologist Dr. Shauna Shapiro as she explores with us the role of mindfulness for awakening the mind and opening the heart. Drawing on current research and theory, she will introduce three primary elements of mindfulness and explore the mechanisms of action through which mindfulness has its transformative effects. In addition, ways of integrating mindfulness personally and professionally to cultivate greater happiness, health and freedom will be discussed (and experienced). Moderator: Scott Rogers Presenter: Shauna Shapiro, PhD