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January 17, 2019
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and global online learning leader Coursera announced today the launch of a new online specialization in Integrative Health and Medicine. Through this low-cost Specialization, health care professionals will explore integrative healing through three initial classes, which include: Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, Guided Imagery, and Herbal Medicine. Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils and Mindfulness in Integrative Health will also be offered soon.
January 14, 2019
At the start of each new year, I am tuned into the information shared about lifestyle changes in the news and other popular forms of communication. This year I was pleased with the tidbits of information I was hearing and seeing on Good Morning America, The Kelly and Ryan show, and The New York Times. I wanted to share some of the highlights that stood out to me. They are key strategies for making lifestyle changes that will last.
December 10, 2018
A beautiful September weekend gave me the chance to enhance dimensions of my personal wellbeing, informed by the Center’s Wellbeing Model (at right). Biking (Health) in Door County was something I had looked forward to since spring (Purpose), and riding in glorious weather on back-country roads (Environment) with ten compatriot cyclists (Community) created an amazing fall experience. Adventuring, eating, laughing, and working together permitted me to deepen bonds and make new friends (Relationships). That’s five out of the six Wellbeing dimensions, Security being the other.
December 7, 2018
Photo by Bill Phelps Today’s conventional wisdom says that the best way to live a life is to keep all the components partitioned— love, money, friends. You’re not supposed to date your boss, or go bowling with your analyst, or borrow large sums of money from your drinking buddies. We think of ourselves as a store-bought cake with a sheet of wax paper separating all the slices so that they never touch: neat, single servings.
November 30, 2018
On the rivers, there is the pull of gravity drawing me downstream. It creates its own rhythms of standing waves and swirling eddies. Then there is the long, slow inhalation and exhalation of changing water levels.
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November 29, 2018
Today, more than half of medical students and more than a third of physicians in the United States are women. In the early 1950s, however, when Mary Goepfert, ’47 B.S., ’51 M.D., began practicing internal medicine, only about 6 percent of physicians were women, a fact that didn’t deter her one bit. She had a calling, coupled with an unconventional outlook on life.
November 29, 2018
Megan Voss, D.N.P., R.N., knows the power of essential oils and aromatherapy to relieve pain, anxiety, and nausea. She saw it work frequently and effectively with her oncology patients, helping them relax and breathe easier during long and often arduous hospital stays.
November 29, 2018
Center friend, mentor, and namesake Earl Bakken passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21. Through articles and columns in past issues of Mandala, you have come to understand the Center’s deep connections with Earl and the many ways in which he has influenced our work to advance wellbeing for all. Since 2004, the Center has been hosting integrative healing and wellbeing courses in Hawaii. These include academic courses for graduate students, such as those in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching programs, and a two to three week rotation for medical students. Below, past students who attended these immersive learning experience share memories of meeting Earl. In 2017, the Center dedicated a special issue of Mandala to Earl. To view this magazine online, visit z.umn.edu/BakkenMandala
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November 28, 2018
Every fall when the leaves began to turn and the temperature started dipping, I’d receive a call from Earl Bakken’s office in Hawaii asking if the autumn issue of Mandala had been published. There was no more devoted reader than Earl.
November 26, 2018
"When you look for the good in others, you also discover the good in yourself." Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer with a Monday Refresh on Kare 11.

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