Thought Leadership

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.
March 6, 2018
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities are teaming up on a study to help these adults enhance their health and wellbeing so they can live their best lives. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study focuses on developing and testing a new educational program called Mindful Movement which aims to help adults ages 50 and up overcome barriers to exercise, and gain the skills and motivation to improve their wellbeing.
March 1, 2018
For forty years, my career has featured the interface between land and water — most of it on Lake Superior. Paddling over and camping along water, its rhythms have become a part of me. On Lake Superior, the sound of waves is as constant as breathing — the silence is shocking when I walk inland.
February 21, 2018
As I reflect on our current culture and what behavior is considered status quo, I intuitively sense that as an American culture we are overstimulated, undernourished, and disconnected from our deeper lives. I recently heard that in the leading technology country of South Korea, one of the newest forms of rehabilitation centers popping up all over is technology addiction centers. And it leaves me as a health coach reflecting on the many types of nourishment that we tend to overlook as we stay responsive to the constant external stimulation and distraction of our current society. This article is my health coach remedy for the epidemic we face.
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.

Pages