These are a few of my favorite thoughts

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Apr 30, 2012 These are a few of my favorite thoughts

When dealing with my greatest professional and personal challenges, I often find that the path to the solution has already been on the pages of my blog or elsewhere on my website. Therefore, these are a few of my favorite thoughts:

Criminal defense is heavily about battling and nonviolent warfare, but of course not with brute force. As Master Kan admonished: “Avoid rather than check. Check rather than hurt. Hurt rather than maim. Maim rather than kill. For all life is precious nor can any be replaced.”

– "Normally we think that if [our opponent] has 100 pounds of force or power, I better have 150. But then if I get 150 pounds of force, he may have accumulated more himself… So I need to reverse my approach. I need to take my own power down to 0. Then there’s no chasing or spiraling.” – Benjamin Lo

– Instead of escaping from or fighting fears, pain and suffering, know and engage them first on the path to the third way of dealing with them.    

"I am scared sh*tless. How do I convince myself that you will be there for me working your ass off?" 

– "There is no out there for Mind. Existence — experience — is a function of only two causes — Inspirations from Divinity or memories stored in the subconscious mind." Ihaleakala Hew Len.

When one lives mindfully, the magic bursts forth. 

– Successfully taking life’s bulls by the horns is not about inflicting self-suffering along the path, but about relishing the path and learning from the laughing hyena

"There is never any end. There are always new sounds to imagine; new feelings to get at."  "One thought can produce a million vibrations." Trane.  

Criminal defense as a healing art. 

– "If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying."  Coleman Hawkins

– The key to a rewarding law practice is to focus on fully serving our clients and being faithful to their legal cause. "Ultimately I came to the conclusion that all I must do is take care of the music, even if I do it in a closet, and if I really do that, someone is going to come and open the door to the closet and say ‘Hey, we’re looking for you.’" – Bill Evans

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