The Role of Mindfulness in Addressing Legal Problems

As a species we are far from the fastest or the strongest. Our senses of sight and hearing lag far behind many other species. Humans have survived largely as a result of a highly effective abilities to scan their physical environment for danger, analyze and process this information, and devise solutions to overcome perceived threats.

Our powers of observation, discernment, and effective judgement of environmental dangers have allowed us to survive to this point. These same abilities, however, become problematic when we begin to view our “selves” as separate from the larger physical environment, or what is more commonly referred to as “life.” We come to adopt an “identity” that, over time, we come to confuse as real and demanding of vigilant protection in the same way that our minds have devised ways to protect our species from environmental dangers through history. At this point, our sharp powers of discernment and judgement turn inward and give rise to persistent anxiety of imminent threat, though this “threat” exists only in the mind, and not in one’s actual physical environment.

This delusion of a separate self, or “ego,” is largely responsible for human suffering and unhappiness, and also serves as the precursor to a wide range of legal difficulties. To protect this fictional sense of self we come to demand more of this or that, or less of more noxious stimuli, instead of accepting life on its own terms. Moreover, we come to impose these ideals on the world and those around us. When the world, or other people, fail to conform to these ideals, there is a perceived “wrong,” and a lawsuit often follows.

In this light, a proper approach to addressing legal concerns requires a renewed connection to present-moment awareness that lies beyond the falsely constructed sense of self. To approach legal problems from the same ego-driven, reactive behaviors is a recipe for similar, undesirable future results. Mindfulness can serve to access the wisdom that lies within present-moment experience.

To learn more about the role of mindfulness in effectively addressing legal problems, call Holistic Lawyer Michael Lubofsky at (415) 508-6263, or visit