It’s funny. I remember drafting some first posts on this blog where alignment was an organizing force for my writing. To stay focused, I used anatomy drawings I sketched during my yoga teacher training years ago. I had actually never been able to draw anything in a literal way before that training. Anything I created artistically tended towards the abstract. And for those who know me well, this is not surprising. Yet, the concentration I was able to develop through my yoga teaching course allowed me to explore what it meant to have my body, including my brain, aligned. Not just my thinking mind. Not just the physical parts of myself. But everything. And amazingly, this allowed me to grow patience. It allowed me, as I said, to focus. It allowed me to draw figures realistically, and to express myself in a way that felt balanced (not overly expressionistic, but not frustrated in a sea of technicality).
So I used those drawings I produced in such a balanced state as inspiration in law school. I remembered what it felt like during yoga teacher training in order to connect with a state of mind/state of being that allowed for both the technical skills to come through and the emotion, the self that needs spaces of freedom in order to create. I had to find that within myself because it’s not how I was taught to function in school, but I have to say it allowed me to take ownership of my studies in a way that both felt authentic for me and that resulted in grades I could live with (striving for As in everything regardless of how the process of preparing for those As feel has never been something I’ve been willing to accept, that’s just me).
The summer is moving right along and my to-do list is getting longer. How does that happen? The more I work, the more there seems to be to do.
What is Integrative Law? The Emergence of a New Legal System
Recently, there has been a lot of attention on lawyers and meditation. Several people have asked me to talk about how meditation is related to the Integrative Law movement. I have a book coming out that covers that topic later this year. [It is in the editing process with the American Bar Association and is tentatively entitled Lawyers as Changemakers, the Emerging International Integrative Law Movement]. It seems that the topic is alive now and rather than wait for the book, I have written this to answer some of the questions and to share with the broader community.
Who am I to say?
This video is a surface-scratching. It’s almost like there is this subterranean tunnel that it feels like some us humans can often do little but claw at through a thick layer of dirt. Our goal is gaining access to what feel like pathways toward truth, whatever that is, although for me, it means access to healing for all. And that is justice.
An intense analogy, I know, but this video is me beginning to claw in a public forum. It is also an invitation for others to begin following this thread of conversation so we can build more pathways of communication, & eventually, the conversation can more and more happen aboveground. I’m nervous to share, but it feels important…