Mindfulness Meditation is a simple practice of paying attention that many law students find helpful. Researchers have reported finding benefits to mindfulness including reducing stress and anxiety, improving attention, increasing the brain’s gray matter (the region of the brain involved in memory and learning processes), among many others. Every individual is different, though, so you’re invited to come and try it for yourself.
Join Caroline Voldstad (CLS ’18, bio below) for an introduction to the practice of mindfulness meditation especially for 1Ls and LLMs, a preview of the CLS Mindfulness Community, and a discussion of how these resources might support you throughout your law school experience.
Caroline Voldstad, CLS’ 18, is a litigation associate with Quinn Emanuel and has been teaching yoga and meditation for over a decade. She has led classes and workshops in mind-body practices for a variety of audiences at educational and nonprofit institutions. She has also created and led organizations dedicated to promoting yoga and meditative practices at her own educational institutions including The College of the Holy Cross, Harvard Divinity School, as well as here at Columbia Law School. At CLS, she was involved in building the Mindfulness Program while a student and co-led the program’s first off-site weekend retreat at the Garrison Institute in the Spring of 2019. She has also offered mindfulness and meditation guidance for youth in various capacities and for populations involved in the criminal justice system. Caroline has participated in a variety of yoga and mindfulness trainings and attended several silent retreats. She is certified as a 500 hour experienced Yoga Teacher and, most recently, she has completed her foundations training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Caroline believes deeply in the power of contemplative practice to shift individual consciousness and create the possibility of a more connected and caring world.