Clients & Testimonials

Here are some of the firms and organizations who’ve booked Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers® trainings at their offices, or whose attorneys have done EML training:

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State Bar of Arizona

AZ Judicial Conference




Here’s what participants say about EML:

“Just do it! EML provides you with tools to help you through every day and serves as a reminder that we need to help ourselves so that we can be more helpful to others.”

“The program was superbly facilitated, deeply researched, thoughtfully conducted, and a genuinely fun and valuable experience.”

“This should be a required course.  It’s that important.”

“I want to thank you for this wonderful experience. I will be honest, when I first enrolled in this class I was unsure of what I was getting myself into and there was a part of me that was a little skeptical. In the legal profession there seems to be no room for mindfulness. However, through your class I have learned that is not true. If all lawyers would practice mindfulness, I believe that our profession could change for the best. In the present moment, the public does not view lawyers favorably. They see lawyers as “greedy” and “selfish” individuals, which is problematic. The high [rate] of substance abuse in our profession also demonstrates that there is something missing in the profession. I believe that mindfulness may be the key to having happier lawyers and healthier environments at law firms.”

“I had limited expectations (I was actually skeptical).  I was wrong.  The program was enlightening + eye-opening, as well as educational.”

“Probably the most useful aspect was having the community to sit and converse with about these issues and how they affect lawyers. Equally useful were the actual worksheets that provided two important perspectives on why mindfulness is so valuable – I was able to use things from these worksheets to share with colleagues.”

“No matter how hard we try, practicing law is hard and affects us on a deeply personal level, whether we are immediately aware of that or not.  Taking time to invest in your personal thought processes and feelings is well worth the effort.”


“I would strongly encourage taking the class. I would ask if [lawyers] had any thought, whatsoever, that they would like to improve their life, practice, or level of satisfaction in both. If any thought at all, the class is a great way to gain that understanding, and ability to do so!”

“The introduction of mindfulness/meditation into my practice–particularly the habit of sitting for approximately 10-15 minutes each morning before moving forward with my day–has lowered the overall level of stress in my law practice. I have also found the practice of taking deep breaths before opening an email from opposing counsel or a troublesome client and of wishing strangers well (even if not verbally) to improve my mood and help me stay positive in a profession where it is easy to be negative.”

“This course gave practical tools to help deal with this particular profession. For me, it was invaluable to be able to address a situation I was dealing with in the moment and be given tools to handle that situation. Sitting in meditation with other lawyers gave me hope for our profession.”

“EML teaches one to react purposefully to life as a lawyer, rather than being buttressed reactively by stress.”

“The program delivered what I hoped and expected – to add a level of calm to my practice, and habits to achieve it.”

“I have placed more emphasis on the habit of courtesy – and have practiced putting away personal dislike I may have for opposing counsel.”

“My wife says I’m calmer during stress-inducing situations.”

“The EML program was very much what I expected, with the added benefit of feeling like there were people within the law firm community who were struggling with the same issues.”

“I think law practice is such a whole person experience—for me, mindfulness impacts me, and my law practice is so bound up in ME.  I think I am a good example of the duck syndrome, where a person seems pretty calm/put together, but if you look beneath the surface the little ducky feet are just paddling, paddling, paddling ferociously.  Mindfulness helps that interior experience for me, which allows my inside and outside to match a bit better, which I feel will have great benefits in terms of my ability to sustain a practice over time.”

“[The changes I notice as a result of the EML course are] a reminder to turn toward the positive, and also very much a feeling of empowerment.  Having control (some control) over one’s interior experience is the most empowering type of control, I feel.  It leads to real groundedness.”

“My husband really notices when I’m up on meditating, he just says I seem BETTER.  Which is lovely.”

“[I’ve noticed that after the EML course, I am] better able to respond to stress + chaos.”

“Thank you for opening our eyes to the human side of practicing.”

“EML has changed my outlook on a lot of things and really opened my mind and heart and has helped me tune into myself.  I could not have needed or asked for anything more.  Words cannot express how grateful I am for the work that we did.”

“I have been practicing the…techniques for the past few weeks now and while I have by no means mastered the art of awareness, I have noticed some surprising and delightful changes.  I have found that there is a sense of calm and relaxation that comes over me when I concentrate on focusing on the breath.  There is a sense of stability and strength that emerges from within.  It is quite a nice feeling that I am not used too.  I am also finding that the little things that I used to find annoying, their offensiveness is waning.  The annoyance factor is subsiding and I am not so bothered by the little things that I cannot control.”

“It is easy to get so wrapped up in the conflict that we forget what we wanted in the first place. One of ways this class is helpful [is that] it reminds me to step back and take a moment to think about what the issue really is. Thinking about the issue or conflict then helps me to communicate what bothers me and/or what the solution is. I know this practice will help me in my daily life as well as in my work because clear and effective communication is essential in both the practice of law and the practice of life and relationships.”

“I tend to shoot first and ask questions later, and mindfulness practice has allowed me to step back, assess the situation and then jump in after calculating the demeanor and words best suited for the situation.  This is similar to the true warrior, he or she knows how to do the job and doesn’t have to be angry or violent to do it.”

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