Thought Leadership

January 25, 2018
In our world today, we are inundated by information. We pay professionals for advice, direction, and interventions. Physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and health professionals of all kinds give us treatments, directions and sometimes threats. The same is true of our financial advisers, accountants, personal trainers, marriage and family therapists, lawyers, etc. Despite all of this expert advice, we find it difficult to make the changes in our lives that we say we want to make. If we do make changes, we struggle to sustain them. Information alone does not lead to shifts in perspectives or actions. That is where coaching comes in.
June 12, 2017
"For all of his many contributions to human health throughout the past 70 years, I cannot think of a more worthy person for the Center to be named in honor of than Earl Bakken. He is a man of paradox: an engineer who envisions a world of high-touch integrated healing, a leader who inspires others, but lets them go their own way, an introvert who will happily stand on a convention floor for 12 hours at a time, talking to other dreamers and prospective adopters of his ideas." - Bill George, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic
August 29, 2016
There has been a lot of attention recently on bullying in schools and the detrimental impact on students' mental health and wellbeing. In 2015, the Minnesota Senate passed a bill that requires school districts to develop and enforce a plan to reduce bullying. Not surprisingly, bullying doesn't end on the playground.
December 2, 2015
On calm mornings and evenings, the sandstone cliffs, rising hundreds of feet from the lake, are perfectly reflected below. While working with art models, the images, for me, always start with the landscape and my feelings about the land. I strive to utilize the figure as a way to connect the viewer in a deeper way to the sense of place. What does it feel like to be immersed by this environment?
December 1, 2015
At the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, we often talk as a team about the importance of living the work, and not just doing the work.
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 21, 2015
In his 40-plus year career, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, has become a pioneer for mindfulness-based practices nationwide and abroad. Since founding the renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts in 1979, Kabat-Zinn has traveled throughout the world, giving lectures and generously sharing his expertise as others cultivate the practice of mindfulness in health care settings, schools and communities. He has written a dozen books on the topic—and countless articles. So when he shared a particularly candid reflection with Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, and her team shortly after she founded the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, she was not quick to forget it.
September 18, 2015
An exciting new transdisciplinary collaboration between faculty from the department of anesthesiology and the Center's integrative health and wellbeing research program - informally known as the integrative care research group - could fundamentally change how pain is researched at the University of Minnesota and Provide new training opportunities for aspiring scientists.
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.

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