November 18, 2016

University hosts dialogue on compassion in December

L to R: Cathy Wurzer, Matthew Sandford and Krista Tippett. Photos supplied.

Krista Tippett, Matthew Sanford, and Cathy Wurzer, authors and public figures, will meet on stage at St. Catherine University December 13 for an insightful and important discussion about the nature of compassion in our lives.

Moderated by Cathy Wurzer of Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition and featuring Tippett and Sanford, "Mind Body Dialogues II; Embodied Compassion" will examine how compassion plays an integral role our relationships, our healing and our own experience of daily living.

Compassion is lofty virtue, one that makes the world a better place. In practice, true compassion is much more difficult and challenges our humanity. In this year’s live dialogue Sanford and Tippett explore the underlying nature of compassion and the integral role that the body plays in both experiencing and sharing it. They will also explore the application of compassion to other contexts, including healthcare, the dying process, and human touch. The goal of the evening is to bring compassion out of the clouds and into our bodies.

This year’s event begins at 7 p.m. at Rauenhorst Ballroom, in the St. Catherine student center, Coeur de Catherine, on the University’s St. Paul campus. Free and open to the public, no tickets required. The evening is sponsored by HealthPartners, Mind Body Solutions and St. Catherine University and its Holistic Health Studies program.

The careers of both Tippett and Sanford are steeped in the underlying nature of compassion. Sanford weaves his vision and personal experience into his writing and teaching on compassion, while Tippett draws upon the collective wisdom of her “On Being” radio to show guests to deconstruct how we understand it. Their work has established both a health movement and a series of meaningful conversations. Each is reframing how the healing power of compassion strengthens our humanity.

Matthew Sanford, who was injured in an auto accident at age 13, has lived with paraplegia for 37 years. He has become an influential voice in the integrative health movement, an award-winning author, a nationally recognized yoga teacher, and a sought after public speaker. He is the author of the critically acclaimed, “Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence.” He founded the nonprofit, Mind Body Solutions, a Minnesota-based organization whose mission is to serve people living with trauma, loss and disability.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author. For more than a decade, she has asked the big questions of life, questions that often involve faith, science and spirituality on her popular radio program and podcast, "On Being." That work has been honored with a Peabody award and a National Humanities Medal. Known for her thoughtful, yet complex conversations with people from every background, Tippett offers listeners a unique opportunity to delve into the human experience both on air and in print. Her latest book, "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into The Mystery And Art Of Living”: was released in 2016.

About Mind Body Dialogues

Sanford and Wurzer are familiar faces on stage. In 2014, they launched the “Dialogues” series with friend and former St.Thomas dean, Dr. Bruce Kramer, in front of an overflow crowd of more than 1,000. Their discussion focused on living well in a difficult body (Kramer was diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophiclateral sclerosis, in late 2010). The following year, local author, playwright and humorist Kevin Kling, joined the pair to showcase the importance of story in healing the mind and the body. The audience for this year’s “Dialogue” can expect provocative questions - and answers- from the trio. Together, they will deconstruct the typical notions of compassion and teach the audience how to recognize how it can heal in our lives. The conversation, led by Wurzer, will showcase Tippett’s wisdom and experience wit and Sanford’s extraordinary vision and insight. It promises to be a night that brings out the best of our humanity. Mind Body Dialogues is an ongoing series of public-forum, moderated conversations and will be rebroadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Television.

About Mind Body Solutions

Founded in 2002 by Matthew Sanford, Mind Body Solutions is a Minnetonka-based nonprofit that helps people of all physical abilities become measurably healthier, happier and more effective in meeting daily challenges. Integrating techniques that address breathing,movement and balance, Mind Body Solutions’ groundbreaking approach results in deeply practical improvements that help people living with trauma, loss and disability, and their caregivers, live more vibrantly and gracefully in their bodies. More information at Mind Body Solutions or Matthew Sanford's website.