By Matthew Kalei Witter, Spring 2012
Graduate school is no doubt crazy. There are deadlines to meet, practicum placements to get, reading to do, and don't forget dissertation work that will never go away. Spirituality may help. Mindfulness can be important. Going out of your body and understanding how you are feeling emotionally is important, and we are proud to present the spirituality forums to all interested. Throughout March, the Huston Smith Center at Alliant is bringing students excellent talks from some great presenters. The goal of this center is to explore the relationship between psychology and spirituality. Huston Smith is a distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at such colleges as M.I.T, Washington University-St. Louis, Syracuse, and he is now a visiting professor at UC Berkeley. He has been featured on PBS, and will graciously be presenting at OUR campus in March!
Whether or not you are religious, spirituality can be an important thing when stress takes over. Sometimes it's beneficial to relax and be in the moment. As an Atheist, and member of the Spirituality Forum community, I can say it has taught me a lot about myself.
On Tuesday March 6th from 12:15pm-2pm Dr. Huston Smith and Alliant President Dr. Geoff Cox will be discussing the clinical implications of Philosophy as a Prelude to Psychology.
On Tuesday March 13th from 12:15-2pm Dr. Kathryn Goldman-Schuyler, CSPP Professor, will be discussing her amazing pilgrimage to Bhutan. She will be showing a slideshow of pictures from this pilgrimage and may also interweave insights from her recent book, Inner Peace—Global Impact: The Influence of Tibetan Buddhism on Leadership and Work in the West.
On Tuesday March 20 from 12:15 – 2pm Dr. Clare Cooper-Marcus will be presenting on "Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place."
On Monday March 26 from 12:15 – 2pm Dr. Thomas Planet will be presenting on Health and Spirituality.
March will be the month of introspection and finding happiness. Join us for great discussions, and of course a light lunch will be provided to fuel your brain cells.