Law Students and Mindfulness Training

Mindfulness is definitely something I wish they had incorporated into our curriculum in college. Maybe I would have been calmer and not have been so reluctant to study. Giving credits for partaking in the mindfulness course is a great incentive. All educational institutions should incorporate this into their teachings! Maybe in my next lifetime…

Best Practices for Legal Education

The Wall Street Journal recently featured a story on the growing movement among law schools to provide “mindfulness” training for students. The article describes mindfulness as “[a] Zen-inspired blend of meditation, breathing exercises and focus techniques.”

As noted in the WSJ article, University of Miami School of Law is one of approximately two dozen schools offering mindfulness classes. According to its course catalog, Miami’s course is titled Mindfulness in Law: Cultivating Tools for Effective Practice. The course description notes that two local bar associations have formed the “Mindfulness in Law Joint Task Force” to explore mindfulness in practice. In the course, students are introduced to mindfulness “as a collection of tools of awareness that can enrich one’s skill set in relationship to the stimulating and challenging aspects of legal practice.” The full course description can be accessed here.

The WSJ story is available here.

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We Made Grá The Law, What Happens Next?

On the 22nd of May 2015, a country that was once known as an identity-stifling state showed by a 62% majority that they wish for all sexual orientations to be equal when it comes to marriage.

The incredible meaning behind this shows that we have departed from the religious domination that once oppressed women, children and anyone that the catholic church felt as ‘unworthy’ and ‘sacrilegious’. Not only did the church have such an impact; The patriarchal society of Ireland gave no security to women in marriages. They were essentially belonging to the husband and had absolutely no real rights as human beings. The Irish state as a whole was a patriarchal cesspit of oppression and cruelty.

When the referendum was passed, the LGBT community celebrated with honour and illuminated the streets of Ireland with their happiness. As they should have done. The arguments stemming from the opposition had no real purpose other than to garner negative attitudes towards a large section of people in our communities that have no other mission than to love each other and to belong. Simple as.

The question is, what happens next? 

Article 41 of our Constitution now states that two people may marry irrespective of their gender. Now the inconsistent union of civil partnerships that existed under the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Co-Habitants Act 2010 will no longer be eligible. In truth, it did no more than state that two people wanted to be together. It was a status symbol that carried no real weight. As a same-sex couple, a marriage will glue the 2 together as one. A union of love and family.

 

Here are some facts on Civil Partnerships and Cohabitants for your lovely eyes:

  • In 2011, the Irish consensus recorded 4,042 same-sex couples cohabiting.
  • 1,695 civil partnerships were registered here from 2011-2014.
  • 1,048 of these Civil Partnerships were between men.
  • 647 of the Civil Partnerships were between women.

 

In Ireland, many different variations of families exist. Two parent families, one parent families. Some children are raised with their grandparents and they act as their parents. Some children are adopted into families. Some children, unfortunately, remain in foster care. Each of these examples show that the classification of a family is impossible to confine into one, clear-cut example – 2 heterosexual parents. 

What was astonishing to me was the reaction from the opposing ‘think of the family’ groups. Not once were children mentioned in this referendum by any of the legislators. It was simple a scaremongering tactic they used to try to alter people’s perceptions of what the referendum really meant. However, I digress.

Children can now be loved by two parents. Two parents who have gone out of their way to give love, a safe home and everything the child could need. Isn’t that quite beautiful? Children are being born every day to people who aren’t ready, to people who don’t have the financial or emotional means to take care of the child properly. What happens is a great misfortune on that child and on to the wider society in general. I am not saying that some parents aren’t amazing. They are. I am just taking an objective look at the effects that occur due to these adverse factors. What could be so wrong with two people wanting to actually care for a child? Surely, there can be no logical argument here.

At the moment, the bill is being given formal consent in the Oireachtas. This is simply a formality so that they can sign it into legislation. Once this has been done, it will be incorporated into Irish Law. All of the rights and responsibilities that hetero married couples have will now be available to same-sex marriages. They state that this legislation will come into effect in September 2015. Some say even sooner. Let’s hope that with the introduction of this bill that people in same-sex marriages will finally feel the love and respect that they deserve.

The aim of this bill is for families to be established. Love to flourish. For a society to begin to gather themselves and create communities that distinguish themselves from those who hate and ridicule others based on their own discriminative agendas. We are a collective of people that should look back at the way life was carved out for others in our state. We should take that all in, and not ignore it.

Learning from the mistakes of the past allows us to advance as modern people. We should not incorporate the senile attitudes of generations before us that allowed such discrimination to cultivate and attach to our mentalities. We are a stronger people. We should be able to deter our minds and those minds ahead of us away from old-fashioned philosophy and towards a perspective that discourages discrimination.

We Can Do This!

Finding Your Inner Peace: Because You’re Worth it!

The first thought a person has when they decide to search for enlightenment inside of themselves always stems from a mixture of childlike curiosity and doubt. The curiosity is a natural reaction of any being; the same can be said about doubt. There could be a plethora of reasons why a person may begin this journey. There may be none at all. This is not the matter at hand. What is happening is that a person is beginning to observe an element of themselves that breaks away from their belongings, their external environment. They aren’t forgetting that these things exist completely, or committing to a new-age fad that suddenly emerged with the onset of hipster-fever. They are dedicating much-needed attention to themselves. Warranted attention.

Whether it be from some recent trauma, some realizations within oneself or a loved one giving advice. Each and every reason for delving into the realms of our own consciousness is warranted. Not one reason is deserving of more respect or attention. Who are we to judge someone else’s reasoning?

These enlightenment-seekers are dedicating their understanding and awareness to others. By practicing meditation and compassion, they are dedicating love to themselves and others. The selfless nature of looking inside of yourself projects upon the world in ways that are unseen. The abundance of energy that radiates from the person that look within themselves for peace and happiness, compared to the opposite, is valuable to that person and to everyone in their external environment.

I would be a hypocrite if I were to say that I practiced these things daily without interruption. Anyone who knows me would tell you that inside my brain lives what feels like a trampoline. Each thought bouncing off of the other, all mostly unrelated. When I was younger it was harder to control. I wasn’t sure what it was at the time. However, as I have grown I have come to appreciate the comical inside-narrative. I was restless, agitated and bored. I sometimes became overcome with emotion; never understanding how to control it.

What happened was that I stepped back and started to declutter my mind. I didn’t try to concentrate too much. In fact, I did the opposite. I tried to clear my mind and really absorb what was naturally occurring around me. The birds singing, dogs barking, children crying. What I began to notice was that suddenly my mind was clear enough after a little practice. I noticed my emotions emerging one by one; Reacting to the external stimulants around me. After all of this time having what felt like New York-style chaos building suburbs in my mind, it became noticeably more observant and peaceful. I have been practicing this for a while now and I stand by it. After all, I owed it to myself. My own experiences had left me stressed, preoccupied and selfish. Not once did I ever step back to think of the effect that my thought processes had on those around me and myself. My world was a myriad of self-doubt and crippling insecurity. Not only that, but also self-destructive behaviour that seemed to stem from the needs to rebel against everything peaceful within myself.

Now, today, I can at least say that I am making an effort to be the person that I want to be; Not someone that I think others would like me to be. It all comes from releasing yourself from any perceptions of what creates your inner peace. Your inner peace comes from actually dedicating time to yourself to be completely whole and without insecurity and doubt. You are worth it. Every single second of it.

To be a person who can admit that they are not happy within themselves, and showing that you want to change for the better shows courage. It shows that you have the strength to change what is inside of you. Your external environment, your ego, your self-doubt as well as insecurities cause your inner peace to diminish if they become so strong that you can no longer control them. You really do owe it to yourself to find the understand and awareness within yourself to combat these things effectively. You are a beautiful soul filled with intense energy. That energy can only grow and exert itself onto you and your life if you nurture it properly.

When the flower within you blossoms, 

Your nectar spreads. 

It’s sweet, unique fragrance is smelt for miles,

All because you choose to bloom.

Do not wither, little flower. 

Spring has never left.

All the sun and rain to nourish you,

But never let it wither or drown you.

You are stronger than you know.

You are more valuable than you know.

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Keep the fire lit within you – Sinead x

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Why Do We Seek Labels?

Wow, what a great piece. Not only does the writer hit home with the need for us to be accepted, even if it carries negative perceptions, but they also speak of our insecure demands for attention as a society. You would think that in a world full of information that people would use it to their advantage, instead of using it to define themselves for the sake of societal advantage. Love it. Definitely a follow!

10 Cities/10 Years

It’s almost a daily occurrence now. On Facebook or Twitter, in an article or mind-numbing listicle, someone is discussing the traits, burdens and/or pleasures of being an introvert. Based on the unscientific sampling of my personal feed, 90% of the narcissistic self-promoters in the world are actually meek and shy introverts.

When us loners aren’t breathlessly talking about how weird it is that we prefer books to people (haha, I’m soooo crazy!), we’re posting the results of a Briggs Myers personality test (or some generic knockoff).

“I’m totally an INFP.”

“Well, I’m an ENFJ.”

“Oh, I could definitely see that. I guess that’s because I’m an ENTP.”

“I kind of figured all of you were CUNTs.”

And when we get bored with scientific classifications that mostly mean nothing, we fall back on the original sugar pill of personality labels: The Zodiac.

What’s Your Sign?

How is it that a…

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Making Movements in our Legal System: Starting from now!

When it comes to the world we live in many of us, especially my generation, tend to view the legal system as a perplexing collection of articles and statutes that have an affect on us as citizens. Some feel that they only matter when they infringe upon their own lives or that they seem unfair. The stories and situations that have been emerging throughout the years has in fact created a surge in the number of people who are showing defiance to certain matters, more so when it comes to government measures or initiatives, however, this too relates to the operation of many of our laws.

The truth is, these articles and statutes do matter to our lives. Many of these were enacted before we were ever born leaving them in our minds obsolete. Some were even enacted without our knowledge. These statutes specifically make people feel as if their voices are not being heard, This collection of neglected citizens creates a division of society that voices their opinions and ensures that their voices are being heard, and this for certain has become an even greater trust since the evolution of Social Media.

The legal eco-system we all co-exist in matters to the young and old. The needy and the privileged. To ignore the importance of the application of such statutes would be futile to any reasoning behind a legal system. The truth is, without a legal system we would not act as civilised human beings. We would act upon our animalistic nature and react to our impulses without any regard for others. It’s true to say that this already happens, but imagine if no laws existed at all. Chaos.

I once wrote about issues like mindfulness, gratitude and acceptance of others. Now I write about understanding.

The hope that people will understand why it is that we have a legal system in place. To hope that people will understand that those in power are not the only ones with control and that the generation that comes next will make movements on the stagnant, archaic system that governs us today. The idea that things can be changed and that we can be the ones to change it is not a fairy-tale illusion of a ‘Curious Day Dreamer’ like you or me. It is a possible reality. However this cannot be done by warriors behind a keyboard, or hopeful 21st century Bohemians waiting for a movement to begin. The movement begins with me. With you. With your friends.

Most importantly it begins with your perspective.

Are you happy with the way things are right now?

If you knew that something could be done about your legal system, wouldn’t you try to change it?

If we are what we eat, and what we eat is intended to kill pests – how long before it starts to do the same to us?

I wish everyone would watch this documentary. Not only is it informative, it invokes a rage that can only be described as revulsion for the poisoning that’s being permitted all in the name of revenue. Say what you want, but the facts speak for themselves. In this documentary is an experiment done by Seralini that was criticized, mainly because it threatened (or exposed, as more adequately put) the real dangers that come with eating food that’s altered so much that even the bugs/weeds that the pesticides/weed killer is used to deter have become immune to it. It makes you question.. What are they going to do next? If you have any interest in what you’re eating and what the effects are on your body, your children s’ bodies and the welfare of the people on this earth in generations to come then watch. If not then, that’s your choice. You’re the one who has the live with the consequences.

Just sayin’

Below is a link to the Trailer for ‘GMO OMG’ – We think that this only occurs in America, but it’s happening globally. Haiti is mentioned in the documentary as well as Norway, Europe and some insight is given on what these companies’ are doing to alter the agricultural lives of the people who refuse to adhere to their regimes. It’s mind-blowing, and frankly, it deeply saddens me. Where is the hope to continue as a proficient world if the simplest form of nature, seeds, are being patented and sold to us in the name of big business. Below is a link to Fool Inc. which is also a must see for anyone who has any interest in the food their eating as well as the treatment of animals and crops they ingest every day. YES, you eat this stuff. Your children eat this stuff. It’s not natural and YES, it’s giving you cancer. It’s causing imbalances in your brain. It’s causing internal damage than can be repaired by eating natural. Come on people, we can change this!

GMO OMG – Full Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Uvy0HqwihU

Food Inc. – Full Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oq24hITFTY

Food Matters – Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4DOQ6Xhqss

Aladins Lamp: Be careful what you wish for!

None of us have a mysterious gold lamp sitting around to rub which has an extremely witty-yet-needy genie popping out of it.

What we do have, however, is thought. With each thought we emit to the world, unbeknownst to us, weight is attached to it. We attach invisible weights to our abilities to achieve what it is we’re really destined or willing to achieve. This is because we are bombarded with self doubt which stems from areas in our subconscious and obvious consciousness that sends us repetitive, self loathing messages like `Hey you! Yeah you stupid, why are you doing this? Didn’t last time go so bad? That’ll definitely happen next time. Just give up already!`

This is the voice of the negative, scared part of you that’s comfortable in self deprecation mode. The patterns it’s found itself in are good enough for its habitation in your
mind.

Ask yourself. Is that good enough for me? The answer should be NO. The thoughts you have about yourself affect your life. It’s not just some theory cooked up by a psychiatrist somewhere hoping it will regenerate some sort of happiness inside of the playground of negativity erected in that expansive mind of yours. It’s scientific fact!

If you don’t believe me, look at this video clip from `What The Bleep Do We Know!`

If thoughts can do that to water, imagine what your thoughts are doing to you!

Click here: Remember we are 90% water.. remember that when watching! 😀

We are only human, and life takes its toll. However I like to think that we can evolve to stop accepting the cards we’re dealt and take our destiny’s into own hands!

Until next time,
Think well,
Be well!

3 Ways To Manage Anxiety: Advice From My Daughter

Great piece from a great blog!

Kindness Blog

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I always have maintained that my two daughters are among my greatest teachers, and recently, my oldest daughter taught me a valuable lesson in being good to myself when I was feeling badly. For the last few years, I have dealt with recurrent bouts of depression and anxiety, and thankfully, they no longer plague me each day. The depression stays at bay for the most part, but the anxiety rears its head from time to time, leaving me completely out of sorts.

When the anxiety overwhelmed me yesterday, I was so fortunate to be able to confide in the trusted people who make up my support system, as they helped me to navigate the emotional minefield once again. I also was treated to an unexpected source of kindness and support that came in the form of my thirteen year old daughter.

I am very careful not to burden my daughters…

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The Disillusionment of the Modern Day Revolutionist

In my 23 years of existence on this globe of continuous-development I have come to the conclusion that 2 things are definite. Firstly, we as humans strive for change and our bodies and minds seem to love to connect with our souls more so now than ever. Secondly, even though we have this thirst for change and developing those systems and ideals that we oh-so-crave for, something that comes so naturally to us, we tend to hang on to dated, regressive attitudes when it comes to the people we should be engaging with.

To create the systematic attitude that’s needed for the regeneration of humanity (and I’m aware this sounds like something from a sci-fi movie but bear with me) we need to investigate and create awareness of the problems and the reasoning behind these recurring issues in our society.

This is just a starter post to get back into the swing of things but unlike my other posts, I will try to engage with you, my readers, and attempt to try to come to a conclusion as to why our mind-frames are immersed in the tenacious belief that change is never going to come and that we are inevitably bound for the destiny’s laid out for us. I will also be doing follow-up posts from this one and I hope I will hear back from you on your thoughts as well, as we have to remember that we are all neighbours and siblings on this earth and the collective power of many creates a potentiality for great possibilities.

Remember that your thoughts and your beliefs create your perceptions and ultimately your destiny.

Control your own destiny and life will bring with it ultimate possibilities!

Until next time… 🙂

One is enough ❤