Experts

October 14, 2015
When I first became aware of mindfulness-based meditation, my initial reaction was, “this is nothing new — this is what I do every time I make a photograph! I’ve been striving to get better at this my whole life.”
October 2, 2015
For more than a decade, the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has offered mindfulness programs to the campus and Twin Cities communities. From an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, to other opportunities like Mindfulness at Work, Mindfulness in Motion, and Mindful Eating, the Center has provided learning opportunities to thousands of people. At the heart of this program are our mindfulness teachers, who are all certified – or currently in training – at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the nation’s most established and rigorous training institute. Learn more about our instructors in the following stories.
September 11, 2015
Investigating the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic and other integrative health approaches for spine pain is Brent Leininger’s passion. Leininger, DC, is a chiropractor and junior researcher in the Center’s Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Program.
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.
May 5, 2015
CENTER GRADS bring integrative healing to veterans at the VA hospital.
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 17, 2014
For us Northerners, who have just lived through the cold and long nights of winter, the thought of spring brings on a torrent of adrenalin as full and fast as the snowmelt-flooded streams. With the longer days and warming temperatures comes new growth—a procession of wildflowers, each emerging at the optimal time to out-compete the neighbors for sunlight and fertilizing insects.
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?
January 10, 2014
Nature can provide you with more than fresh air and a nice view. In fact, nature can enhance your overall health and wellbeing. The Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Jean Larson, Ph.D., was featured in the December issue of Minnesota Health Care News and discussed nature’s health benefits…

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