A practical guide for a more relaxed and enjoyable legal career—authored by a retired lawyer and senior meditation teacher
“This is the best book written about the value of mindfulness and meditation for lawyers, as well as others in high-stakes occupations.” —Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Resilient and Buddha’s Brain
Client, firm, and court demands can feel unending. Truly relaxing seems impossible. Is there any hope? Yes! With help, you can practice law with ease.
You will learn how to:
• Recognize the work and life events that cause you stress
• Use techniques to deeply relax, such as Focused Attention Stress Reduction (FASR) and heart-based exercises
• Read your emotions and others’ emotions
• Become a better listener
• Enjoy more satisfying relationships and greater life satisfaction
Stephen Snyder has decades of experience as a civil litigator and as a meditation teacher. He’s been where you are and knows how to become a happy lawyer.
With the simple techniques and easy-to-follow instructions in this book, you, too, can reduce stress and deeply enjoy life.
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Stephen Snyder was raised in Guam and in and around Hawaii. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1987. He practiced civil litigation, actively litigating personal injury–related cases in trial courts throughout California. In 2018, he sold his law practice and moved to Michigan, where he was admitted to the State Bar in 2019. In addition to working as an attorney, Stephen has acted as a mediator in civil cases since 1990. He brings an extensive knowledge of litigation tensions and dynamics, as well as emotional and psychological blocks, to the resolution of disputes.
Authorized as a lineage meditation teacher by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, Stephen has led retreats throughout the US, in Europe, and in the UK since 2007. Practicing the Jhanas, his first book on meditation (coauthored with Tina Rasmussen), was published in 2009. He now offers one-on-one coaching, short presentations, and daylong workshops on stress reduction. For more about Stephen and these offerings visit https://www.workingforbalance.com/.