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Mindfulness & Neuroscience for Building Resilience to Stress 

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Neuroscience research discovered that our brains have 2 operating modes:

reactive and responsive. When we are in reactive mode, we think less clearly, are less articulate, and have difficulty concentrating and retaining information. When we are in responsive mode, our brains are fully “on line,” making it easier to think, problem solve, be productive, and relate to with others. Mindfulness helps us notice in which operating mode we are functioning, and cues us to return to responsive mode if we notice we are in reactive mode. Mindfulness meditation offers a host of techniques to support our brains to operate from responsive mode even when experiencing stressors. 

As lawyers, we can easily spend our whole day--and lives--in reactive mode. Working in reactive mode is the least effective way to practice law, and can negatively impact the results we get for clients and our personal health and well-being.

Fortunately, there is a better way to live and work. In Mindfulness & Neuroscience for Building Resilience Stress*, lawyers learn easy yet powerful tools to be more effective and more able to enjoy life.

*NOTE: This topic has been approved by the NC State Bar for CLE credit in the past

This training is perfect for:

  • Conferences, bar associations, district-wide CLEs, retreats
  • Law offices, large or small

You will learn:

  • the neuroscience of stress;
  • how mindfulness reduces professional stress and increases success;
  • the difference between practicing law in reactive mode vs. responsive mode;

  • mindfulness tools to practice law in responsive mode;

  • neuroscience techniques to overcome your “negativity bias;”

  • mindfulness and neuroscience techniques that prevent burnout and build resilience;

  • how to communicate more effectively with clients and team members;

  • simple ways to improve work-life balance.

Structure it your way:

  • In person or virtual instruction, or a combination of both

  • 1 hour introduction to mindfulness and neuroscience 

  • 3 hour intensive class

  • 4/6/or 8 week CLE series (meets once a week for an hour for 4/6/or 8 weeks)

  • Retreat (3 hours Day One and 3 hours Day Two) 

This really works, even for lawyers:

  • 100% of the attorneys who attended the North Carolina Bar's 28th Judicial District's 6 week Mindfulness CLE reported that by the end of the course they were practicing mindfulness tools during their work day at least 5-10 times a week, and many as often as 20-40 times a week;

  • 85% of the lawyers who attended the course reported a reduction in their stress level at work or outside of work upon completion of the course;

  • Not a single lawyer who attended the course reported an increase in stress at work or outside of work upon completion of the course.

What people are saying

Thank you for giving a presentation to the Watauga Co. Bar Association. It was great to hear more about mindfulness and how we can use it in our lives every day. The feedback I received was very positive. You managed to bring a lot of professionalism and passion to a topic that many people are not entirely acquainted with. 
- Crawford H. Cleveland III, Vice President, Watauga County Bar, NC
This presentation has been the very best part of this conference. Laura is phenomenal! 
- NCLAP Conference attendee
One of the best presentations I've seen in 43 years of CLE attendance.
- NCLAP Conference attendee
Laura is a great speaker, very engaging, knowledgable, and talks in plain direct language.
- NCLAP Conference attendee
95% of attendees at the OAAP 11th Annual Women's Wellness Retreat for Lawyers gave Laura the highest rating for her knowledge and presentation style.

My Articles on Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and Lawyering:

What's Mindfulness Got to Do With It?, Laura Mahr, NC Bar Journal

Mindfulness Matters, Laura Mahr, Lawyer's Mutual Blog

Resilient Lawyer Podcast, Jeena Cho interviewing Laura Mahr on Neuroscience and Mindfulness: Becoming More Resilient

Mindful Moment, Laura Mahr, NCLAP Sidebar

Reset Your Brain, Laura Mahr, NCLAP Sidebar

Pathways to Wellbeing, Laura Mahr, NC State Bar Journal

Wellbeing While you Wait, Laura Mahr, NC State Bar Journal

Additional Articles on Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and Resilience

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation, Sarah McKay

Corporate Meditation: How & Why Big Businesses are Promoting Meditation, Tamara Lechner

Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones, NY Times

A Positive Outlook May be Good for Your Health, NY Times

Resilience is About How You Recharge..., Harvard Business Review 

The Lawyer, The Addict, NY Times

Harvard Neuroscientist: Meditation Not Only Reduces Stress..., Washington Post

Confronting the Negativity Bias, Rick Hanson

How to Be Better at Stress, NY Times

Ctrl Alt Career: Reset Goals To Find Personal Success, Law Practice Today

Outsmarting Our Primitive Responses to Fear, NY Times

To bring a mindfulness CLE to your area, contact Conscious Legal Minds


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