Everything in its Place: A Mind Body Dialogue

Date:  Tuesday, October 29, 2013October 29, 2013
Time:  7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas, Woulfe Alumni Hall - Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
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Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

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Using their remarkable stories as a backdrop, as well their relationship as yoga teacher and yoga student, and as friends, Matthew Sanford and Dr. Bruce Kramer will bring the audience intimately inside of the mind-body relationship. Sanford has been a paralyzed from the chest down for the last thirty-five years, while Kramer, former Dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at St. Thomas, has been writing and speaking publicly about his journey in mind-body awareness since being diagnosed with ALS a few years ago. Their public conversation, moderated by Cathy Wurzer, MPR News host of MPR News' Morning Edition, will touch on a wide variety of topics including:

  • What does it mean to live in a body?
  • What is personal identity as we loss connection with our bodies?
  • What are the implications for what we call faith?
  • What role does the mind-body relationship have in living well and our overall sense of well-being?
  • How can a mind-body approach help with managing stress, anxiety, and overall fatigue?
  • How can a mind-body approach help us be better family members, parents, partners and friends?
  • What are the implications for how our medical model approaches disease?...approaches trauma, loss, and disability? What is healing other than curing?
  • Where does science intersect humanity for our delivery of healthcare?
  • How can a mind-body approach integrate with approaches to mental health?
  • Why is compassion fatigue (caregiver burnout) an increasing problem in healthcare?
  • What hope does a mind-body approach to healthcare have for caregivers, both professional caregivers and those who are family members and/or friends helping loved ones?
  • How does one sit in the presence of suffering without trying to fix it?
  • As a caregiver, do you know how to give and receive simultaneously?
  • What are some mind-body takeaways that the audience can start practicing immediately?

Read, listen, and view photos from the MPR series of stories about Bruce Kramer as he copes with life after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Read all the stories in the series by clicking here.


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Parking Information


This event is being held in the Anderson Student Center. Guests for this event are to park in the Anderson Parking Facility (APF) located on the corner of Grand Ave. and Cretin Ave. South or Anderson Student Center (ASC) Parking Garage. The fee for parking is $1.00 per hour after 4:00. For more information, see 2013 Fall Parking APF and ASC Garage.

Co-Sponsored by:

University of St. Thomas
Active Minds
College of Arts & Sciences
Communications and Journalism
Counseling and Psychological Services
Department of Special Education and Gifted Education
Disability Resource
Family Studies
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Health and Human Performance
Leadership, Policy, and Administration
Organization Learning and Development
Program for Neuroscience
Psi Chi
Psychology Department (Undergraduate)
Teacher Education
Theology Department
University Lectures Committee
Wellness Center

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