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Seeking Balance: Mindfulness Workshop with EBCLC Director Tirien Steinbach

  • Warren Room 225 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA United States (map)

This four-session, non-credit series provides interested law students with an exposure to the practice of mindfulness and its application to law study and practice. Mindfulness meditation is a technique, drawn from Eastern and Western wisdom traditions, for managing stress, developing a grounded and centered presence, and cultivating focus, equanimity, and wisdom. All of these are skills that can improve the effectiveness and sustainability of law students’ and lawyers’ work, and frequently lead to greater well-being and life satisfaction.

During the workshop series, students will learn several mindfulness practices including, sitting meditation, yoga, and walking meditation, as well as exercises that bring these practices into one’s daily life and studies. By the end of the four sessions, students can expect to have a basic understanding of mindfulness theory and practice, the tools for establishing a daily meditation routine, and a community of support. Prior experience with contemplative practices is welcome but not necessary.

Between meetings, students will practice meditation on their own, bring mindfulness into their law studies and extracurricular activities. The workshops will include meditation instruction and practice, short presentations by the teacher, discussion, and exercises.

At the end of the four sessions, students may join a “mindfulness circle” of 3-5 students as a way to continue practicing regularly throughout the year with a supportive group of peers.

Attendance at all four sessions is strongly encouraged, but not required. You are expected to keep up a regular meditation practice during the series, and complete a weekly mindfulness exercise and journaling assignment. 

Interested students should register here.

Contact Emily Bruce, ebruce@berkeley.edu, for more information.

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