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Review: The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation

 By Reg Levy

If you’re like me, you’ve been curious about meditation and how it can help your daily life and legal practice.  If you’re like me, you are filled with excuses as to why you will not do it—it’s too abstract, I can’t fit it into my schedule, I just don’t have the personality to meditate. Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford’s The Anxious Lawyer isn’t just another meditation book.  It is a by-lawyers, for-lawyers discussion of the benefits meditation can bring to your legal practice and the common pitfalls. Cho and Gifford are both lawyers who came to meditation in different ways but saw its benefits to their practice.

Cho and Gifford acknowledge common meditation experiences, including “failing” to meditate effectively, with grace.  Even admitting those failures in themselves, and move quickly to encouragement to forgive oneself.  They share their own stories with candor and offer implementable solutions.

In The Anxious Lawyer, you’ll find weekly meditations to focus your new practice, logs to track your progress and to encourage accountability, and personal stories; all staples of the standard “how to meditate” book. You’ll also find “off-the-cushion” practices that bring meditation into your daily life, reminding you to be mindful in all things, in all places. Cho and Gifford also include tips for specific off-the-cushion opportunities for lawyers—including answering emails mindfully, mindful depositions, and mindful client engagement. These are the real gems The Anxious Lawyer contains—real-life situations that are often stress-triggers for lawyers and ways to turn them around to be opportunities for mindfulness and meditative practice.

The Anxious Lawyer is an excellent addition not just to your bookshelf, but to your daily life. In addition to the book, the authors have created a website to supplement the book.  The website contains audio meditation guides directly from the book as well as additional meditations for your ongoing practice and growth. The Anxious Lawyer has everything you need to get over those excuses and start meditating.