Faculty Stories

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 19, 2018
Water is fundamental to survival - it is one of the most important shared resources for and by all and relies on our collective care. Water is elemental. It is made up of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms bonded together. It comes in three forms (gas, solid and liquid) all mutually supporting the other. Expressed another way, it comes from the air (gas) and returns to the earth (solid) and in-between it drenches (liquid).
December 4, 2018
Written by Erik F. Storlie, Ph.D. “The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence. But it is easier to define this ideal than to give practical instructions for bringing it about.” William James, Principles of Psychology (1890)
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.
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
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.
July 31, 2018
"Patients and families are voicing a desire for (an integrative) approach to care, and there is increasing evidence that integrative approaches can improve clinical outcomes including symptom management. If embedded into the ongoing delivery of care, the implementation of integrative nursing is both feasible and sustainable. It requires investment in education and leadership, and perhaps most importantly, a culture change that embraces a whole-person, whole-system approach to patient care." - Center faculty Megan Voss, DNP, and Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, in a new paper published in MDPI.
June 5, 2018
Have you ever been lost? I know I have, more than once, sometimes even in my own back yard. The reason I ask this question is that some of the times I have been lost, I haven’t been clear about where I was going. And since I have zero natural sense of direction, it’s a recipe for disaster when it comes to me. How that random thought applies to the topic of wellbeing is interesting. Most people spend more time planning their next road trip than they do planning how they want to experience wellbeing in their life. Without a roadmap or vision for wellbeing, you are likely to keep getting the same results in your life while feeling lost in the process.
April 16, 2018
After 4 years of speaking to hundreds of women in networking events, individual coaching sessions, and speaking engagements, I have come to realize how vital creativity is to a woman’s wellbeing. In my own life, I reached a point where having my creativity on the shelf became unbearable. I didn’t realize it was the missing link until I reconnected with it and discovered it was actually a form of fuel for my wellbeing. Now, I consciously nurture my relationship with my creativity every single day and enjoy the boost of energy it gives me for whatever life sends my way.
March 13, 2018
Just 3 years ago, I had never practiced mindfulness, and the word “mindfulness” had likely never even passed my lips. Now, being mindful is an intention I have for all of the moments of my day. Mindfulness practices find their way into all parts of my life, all locations of my life, and they support me in being the person that I mean to be. - Jamie Edwards, School Social Worker in a local public school

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