When Gary Powell advises his fellow lawyers to try meditation, he usually hears one of two responses: “They understand that meditation is good for them, but they either say they don’t have time, or the other one that I think is funny is … ‘I can’t do meditation, that will make you soft and take away your edge.’”

But Powell, who is a general counsel at Emery Oleochemicals and runs his own private practice in Cincinnati, has had a different experience altogether. “It does the opposite of dulling your edge—it actually sharpens it and give you better focus.”

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