For Attorneys: The Antidote to Excessive Analytic Thought

As attorneys, we are trained in ways calculated to sharpen powers to discriminate and identify the finer points of factual scenarios and logical arguments. Top attorneys have honed this ability to a point at which they can recognize the most minute differences between two scenarios, and the smallest distinctions between intricate points of law. Such abilities allow these attorneys to advance their position in ways most favorable to his or her clients.

In a busy practice, an attorney remains engaged in this analytic mode for more than half of his other waking hours. Over time, the discriminatory acumen employed in the professional context often becomes a way of life, and comes to provide the basis for an attorney’s self-concept. The inability to break fee and dis-identify from this analytic mode goes far in explaining the interpersonal difficulties, unhappiness, and proliferation of substance abuse among practicing lawyers.

The antidote to this problem can be found in heightened present-moment awareness cultivated through mindfulness training. As one comes to consciously sense a connection to a fundamental sense of being beyond thought, he or she begins to place some distance between the “self” ad analytic thought. The mind can then be witnessed as a tool to be deployed as real-life and professional situations require. In this process, one comes to realize a liberating freedom of choice as to when to engage and dis-engage from analytic thought. This heightened consciousness leads to a greater sense of inner peace as well as an improved ability to identify optimal solutions for individual clients.

To learn more about how professional attorney coaching that incorporates mindfulness training can help improve your life and practice, visit or call Michael Lubofsky, Esq. at (415) 508-6263.