Take on The Summit

wellness conference encourages connectedness and curiosity

Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Next month, the Chippewa Valley will host a two-day wellness summit that will challenge peoples’ minds, bodies, and souls to reach for something more ...

Mindfulness at Work

speaker: truly listening can improve health and business

Pam Powers | UW-Stout, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Taking a few moments to breathe and being mindful of that breath helps employees focus, be less stressed, and become better ...

Indigenous Approaches

exploring the wellness movement in Indian Country

James Johonnott

In the search for insights on wellness for both mind and body, sometimes the best answers can be found by looking to the past. Marcus Red Thunder, race director of ...

27 Years, 80 Acres

local photographer practices mindfulness from behind the lens

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bruce Siebold believes that there are all sorts of stories to tell, wherever you live. He has made it his mission to tell those that take place in his own backyard. Every day for the past 27 years – that’s nearly 10,000 days ...

Center of Community

five years on, wellness hub’s founders find themselves surrounded by loving grace

Tom Giffey

Everyone needs a place like The Center. I certainly did on a recent Thursday afternoon. I was rushing around after a late lunch, trying to check items off my to-do list. I had just dashed home to let the dog out, and he was relatively ...

Room for Yogis: Eau Claire spot The Yoga Room helps you be you

Bryan Reynolds, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A yogi, by definition, is someone who is actively engaged in the practice of yoga. Believe it or not, you are actively practicing yoga just by walking in the door at The Yoga Room (2839 Mall Drive). The owners, husband and wife duo ...

School of Thought

mental health organization offers mindfulness training

Lauren Fisher

Brenda Scheurer, director of the Mental Health Matters Coalition, was moved when she read that more than one in four Chippewa County middle and high school students had felt so sad or hopeless ...

Label-Free Mindfulness

collaboration bringing Zen Buddhists to a Christian church shows benefits of meditative practice regardless of spiritual affiliation

Chris Hayden

When people think of “mindfulness,” they may associate it with a particular religious or spiritual path, such as Buddhism. But in Menomonie, a seemingly unlikely alliance has brought about the creation ...

Mindfulness in the Classroom

students, teachers say meditative practice improves kids’ lives

Kristin Schrader, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Mindfulness, one of the many forms of meditation, is gaining recognition in educational systems throughout the world. In the Chippewa Valley, there are many teachers either applying formal mindfulness skills or skills such as deep breathing to help students be more ...

11 Steps To Mindfulness

for super busy folks, living life to the fullest may mean doing less

Leo Babauta

The idea of being mindful – being present, being more conscious of life as it happens – seems a bit impossible to many of the super busy.But not only is it possible, I’d submit that it’s desirable, and that it’ll help the busy (and non-busy) achieve their goals and enjoy life more fully. If you are the super-busy type ...

Happy, Mindful Employees

local companies factor mindfulness into normal business practices

When we feel threatened, our brains are naturally inclined to set off a full-scale panic response, better known as “fight or flight.” While this reactionary state once aided us in handling, oh, I don’t know maybe a bear-sized hyena, it does little to help us with what we would consider stress today – like hitting “reply all” on an office email ...

Staying in the Moment

mindfulness expert Ann Brand sounds off on its many benefits

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Many of us rush through our days mindlessly going from one place to another as part of a routine, without enjoying the experiences we partake in, and totally unaware of the remarkable things happening right in front of us. Then something happens – an accident, for example – and we are forced to slow down ...

Mindful on Campus

counseling at UWEC includes meditation workshops and sessions

Barbara Arnold

On a bulletin board in a hallway of the Old Library building at UW-Eau Claire is a small white piece of paper with black print stating times when students, faculty, and staff are invited to practice Mindfulness Meditation. Lynn Wilson, director ...

Group Mind

locals regularly meditate together

Jessica Amaris

Sometimes the best way to escape the chaos in your mind is to get inside your head. For more than 10 years, the Eau Claire Buddhist Sangha, a local meditation group, has been inviting community members to join in their free meditation class, held ...

The Midday Reset

a few minutes of relaxation can provide daylong benefits

Anthony McMorran

Research shows you can make yourself more alert and improve your mood and cognitive functioning with a “midday reset.” When we restart a bogged-down computer, the internal operating system works better. Putting aside five to 20 minutes around ...

Her Holistic Way of Healing

a certified ophthalmologist gets meditative to nourish the spirit

Jessica Amaris, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If someone had told me a few weeks ago they could ease my stress and muscle pain by playing a Tibetan singing bowl, I would’ve called them crazy straight to their face. Fortunately for me, ophthalmologist, reiki master, and yoga teacher ...

What Is Mindfulness?

Laura Lash

Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness have infused our pop-culture. Even if you have not partaken in these practices, you may recognize yoga poses happening in a yogurt commercial or Buddha jokes in a print ad. Acupuncture has a place in chiropractic ...