Cross-posted from the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyersweekly blog
I read a book recently that I highly recommend (recommended to me by Kim Wright – thank you, Kim!!!). It’s called The Anatomy of PEACE by Arbinger Institute. There is so much of value that I could share and the information is relevant to my law practice and every other part of my life. (And isn’t that at the essence of being a holistic lawyer, that my work and my life are not in any way separate?)
“. . . we can’t be agents of peace until our own hearts are at peace.”
Much of the focus of The Anatomy of PEACE is discerning whether our own hearts are at peace or at war. The authors provide stunningly clear guidelines to aid in this discernment. It becomes so clear that, even if we are saying the “right” thing and acting completely appropriately, if our own hearts are not at peace it will be difficult to create a truly peaceful and satisfying outcome. It reminds me of a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying”.
As lawyers (and as human beings) we often have so much to DO that we can forget who we really are and why we’re doing what we’re doing. It is simple, although not always easy, to remember to ask – in the midst of any activity – is my heart at peace? The shift can be subtle, yet powerful.
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