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September 7, 2015
Over the past two decades, I have been frequently asked questions about the Center for Spirituality & Healing, such as how it began, how it has been sustained, and what the future holds. There has always been curiosity about what it was about Minnesota that created the conditions that were ripe for the Center to emerge.
May 27, 2015
Exercise of any kind can be beneficial to our health and fitness, but exercise in nature, called ‘green exercise,’ can provide additional physical and mental health benefits. As we swarm the treadmills at the local gym, perhaps we should consider hitting the trails, the park or the lake, too. “When you go outside, you have a more rich, holistic benefit to your exercise routine,” said Jean Larson, Ph.D., director of nature-based therapies at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. “Green and traditional exercises are both beneficial, but there is a bump in the satisfaction and overall impact of the experience when you go outside.”
May 12, 2015
Charred white pine and lichen growth following 1971 Nina-Moose burn in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. From the book, border Country, Photographs from the Quetico-Superior Wilderness.

Continue reading: Making Room for Growth

May 10, 2015
When a child is sick in the hospital, finding ways to help families participate in the healing process can be transforming. However, introducing integrative therapies to children and families in ways that are accessible and fun can be challenging given different learning styles, varying ages, degrees of illness, and time constraints.
May 8, 2015
A new initiative aims to regain the language and skills needed to empower, nurture, and care for people at the end of life.

Continue reading: Living Well, Dying Well

May 5, 2015
CENTER GRADS bring integrative healing to veterans at the VA hospital.

Continue reading: Empowering Healthier Lives

May 4, 2015
There is a lot that gets in the way of human flourishing. In the world today, we face such seemingly unsolvable problems including poverty, climate change, food security, clean water, and violence, to name just a few. These profound challenges are not unrelated. Lack of education contributes to unemployment, which in turn, contributes to poverty. In communities where there is poverty and a lack of jobs, there is also a higher rate of crime and violence. In the United States, we have “failing schools” where children are graduating without the skills to advance in education or be successful in life. While it is easy to point the finger at teachers, in fact, it is much more complicated. Assuring teacher competency is of course critical, but it is also essential to look at the social and environmental factors impacting a child’s ability to learn. We must also examine the lack of funding and resources that contribute to learning delays. Whole systems thinking is critical for addressing the complex social problems we face today.
February 20, 2015
More Americans are practicing mind-body therapies, a recent survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed. The survey compared data on integrative therapy use in the U.S., compiled from surveys taken in 2002, 2007 and 2012. By 2012, the number of adults practicing yoga, tai chi or qigong doubled, reaching 10 percent of the American adult population. Use of massage therapy and meditation grew, too.
February 13, 2015
Valentine’s Day puts love on the brain. Throughout the world, people dedicate the day to celebrating relationships. But we ought to be paying more attention to them, researchers say. Relationships are important to our health and wellbeing every day of the year – not just February 14th. “Healthy relationships enable us to be who we are,” says Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., RN, Director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing. “They nurture us and they help us grow. They help us become better people.”
February 3, 2015
In an article on taking social action to scale, Margaret Wheatley and her colleague Deborah Frieze (2009) advance the notion that the world doesn’t change one person at a time. Rather, it changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover that they share a common cause and a vision of what is possible.

Continue reading: Taking Social Change to Scale

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