September 29, 2015
As summer ends and to-do lists grow longer, stress seems unavoidable. But it’s important to give our minds and bodies a break; our wellbeing and productivity depend on it. “Research has shown that we literally can’t do it all,” says Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N., founder and director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota. “When we’re trying to do too many things at once, we’re dividing our brain up and putting less effort and level of detail into each individual activity.”
September 28, 2015
In May 2015, more than 250 integrative nurses from 12 countries gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland, to explore how they, as nurse leaders, clinicians, educators, and students, could expand care and help transform patient lives.
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 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.
May 5, 2015
CENTER GRADS bring integrative healing to veterans at the VA hospital.
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.”
May 16, 2014
Hospital patients recover faster when they can view nature. Working with plants can improve concentration, encourage relaxation, and improve self-esteem. Digging in rich, black soil just feels good. But why?