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StephanieWestAllen
My blogs are at http://www.idealawg.net and http://www.brainsonpurpose.com .
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On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 12 Eastern, 9 Pacific AM, I will be moderating a teleseminar for Purposeful Planning Institute (PPI). The program description is below. Because of the topic and speakers, this will be an hour that is very informative and stimulating. If you are not a member... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at idealawg
Just published, a New York Times article on the use of mediation for disputes between siblings. Excerpt from "Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent": It doesn’t matter how successful people are; when they’re around their siblings, they often revert to their 7-year-old selves. “Family members are... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at idealawg
I was happy to see that Santa Clara Law now has a room in the library for law students, staff, and faculty. Its purpose? It is our hope that students utilize this space for silent meditation, prayer, and reflection. A number of studies have demonstrated the value of mindfulness and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at idealawg
John A. Warnick, estate planning lawyer and founder of Purposeful Planning Institute, is a leader in new ways of conceptualizing the passing on of assets from one generation to the next. To learn more about his practice of the purposeful trust, you may listen to or read this recent interview... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at idealawg
Here's a list of events, news, and resources compiled by Professor Len Riskin. Click to read his list of items related to mindfulness, law, and dispute resolution. Thanks, Len, for creating this list. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at idealawg
May's edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly includes 19 Interventions 14 Associations 11 Methods 8 Reviews 2 Trials. Click to read the new edition. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
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I was recently appointed one of the Deans of the Purposeful Planning Institute: Dean of Neuroscience and Contemplative Practices. Over the years, I have been very happy to be involved with such a fine organization so am pleased to now serve in this capacity. Click for more information about all... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at idealawg
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Today I am talking with Norman Fischer who is with the Everyday Zen Foundation. He is a poet and a Zen Buddhist priest. Click to read more about Norman. Norman, thanks very much for agreeing to participate in my series of interviews of thinkers and practitioners who have ideas that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at idealawg
I am happy to see another article in which the writer warns against the overselling of mindfulness, and mentions that, because of possible negative side effects, mindfulness practices may not be appropriate for all. This article also warns that some people teaching mindfulness practices may not be qualified to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at idealawg
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A long time has passed since I last penned a post on using mindfulness during the process of writing. Although I combine mindfulness and writing frequently, I have not updated my resource list recently (except in my head). So here are a few links for those of you interested in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at idealawg
Being aware of death influences our money behavior. The research about this behavior is intriguing and instructional—and very important to understand for those of us who work with clients and their money. As a quick and partial overview of what researchers have learned, read "Grim Givers: How Thoughts of Death... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at idealawg
As a lawyer, Leslie Budewitz was well-qualified to write Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. She also writes cozy mystery novels; the latest one Assault and Pepper is set in Seattle as will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at idealawg
Does offering a range of numbers as opposed to one single number help you reach your goal in negotiations? Maybe so. From "Offering a Range of Numbers Can Lead to an Edge in Negotiations" (Mind for Business blog of Association for Psychological Science): New research from Columbia Business School challenges... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at idealawg
How can two or more people sincerely, earnestly, and confidently have such widely divergent versions of events? As mediators, we often have heard stories from parties in which the facts are conflicting and yet no one seems to be deliberately deceiving. Research continues to show us our memories are malleable and pliant so we are not surprised at the inconsistency.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
The March edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly is now posted for your reading pleasure. It includes 50 new cites: 15 Interventions 15 Associations 9 Methods 11 Reviews. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
News release from Penn Law: The University of Pennsylvania Law School has launched a new podcast, Case in Point, a series that takes a dynamic new approach to podcasting in higher education and the law. With over one billion subscriptions through iTunes alone, podcasts are quickly becoming one of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at idealawg
I recommend to you this excellent article written by the authors of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us. They offer 10 ways to check the accuracy of our very malleable and faulty memory. Journalists know that when they hear something from one source, they should corroborate it with independent sources before reporting it. The science of memory has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
The January issue offers 12 Interventions 17 Associations 7 Methods 13 Reviews 1 Trial Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
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The word "Truth" etched in the pieces of this sculpture on Canyon Road in Santa Fe If we disagree with someone, we typically view the other person as more influenced by bias than are we. That perception of bias can be a monumental obstacle to conflict resolution. But what to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at idealawg
An important topic: play. Fortunately it is receiving serious attention these days. For example, Current Biology has devoted an edition to it. An excerpt from the article "Playfuness and creativity": Having fun is a good reason to be playful. The pleasure it generates could be seen as its primary benefit.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at idealawg
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Thanksgiving in Manassas, Virginia This season often brings with it memories fond to hard, and glad to sad. Did you know that nostalgia is a focus of much research? And that it has many benefits? Enjoy or at least value those thoughts of the past; they are not a waste... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at idealawg
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Are so many mediators citing neuroscience these days because it is cool? Hot? Fashionable? I don't know. That the science being cited is often either inaccurate or not helpful to conflict resolution is sometimes a tad disturbing. Even though I have blogged about it before, I had forgotten about the phrase "brain overclaim syndrome" until reading this book review from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Press release from University of Buffalo: BUFFALO, N.Y. — Since Hippocrates, medical practice has been seen as both science and art. In the 21 century, amid ever-greater scientific advances, medical schools are working to maintain balance between the two, developing new ways to highlight the art of medicine. On Dec.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at idealawg
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When we recall something that occurred in the past, our recollection is not accurate like a video camera. Some if not much of our memory is fabricated. Our fuzzy, faulty memory has been covered before both at this blog and in many books and articles: the memory's shiftiness is by now notorious. So why I am writing about it again?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Anyone who has sincerely tried to improve in some area of personal or professional life probably understands the value of feedback. But what this lawyer did to get feedback is rare and perhaps surprising. From Sherwood Park News: How do you get better? How do you become world-class? There are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at idealawg