Creating a healthy mind, body, and planet with stories and writing
Every day, our academics work to create a healthy mind, body, and planet, whether it be with their work with families or creative writing as a way to express mindfulness.
We recently sat down with Caroline Piotrowski and Peter Jaeger to discuss their experiences creating a healthy mind, body, and planet with their ongoing research.
First, Caroline Piotrowski is a professor at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Caroline demonstrates this theme of healthy mind, body, and planet through her work with Chronic illness in families.
Daily, she witnesses first-hand the positives and negatives of these illnesses and how they affect families’ minds and bodies through the interviews she performs with families locally in Winnipeg. In hearing these stories, Caroline looks at the resilience side of these families with her research as she listens to stories, builds relationships with families, and looks to support them in any way she can to help them get through this tough challenge of their lives.
In hearing and understanding stories, Caroline creates a healthy place for these families to heal their minds and bodies from these chronic illnesses by giving them a safe space to share their feelings and experiences. Throughout Caroline’s research, she witnessed stories from children and all demographics across Winnipeg.
The second researcher working to create a healthy mind, body, and planet is Peter Jaeger. Recently named the Writer in Residence, Peter has created a workshop titled “Meditation, Mindfulness, and Writing.”
This workshop, with the October Storytelling theme of healthy mind, body, and planet, aims to focus on the relationship between creative writing and meditative mindfulness practice. Writing and meditation both showcase mental and linguistic techniques of discipline, imagination, and attention, and these workshops aim to investigate the potential for mindfulness to transform creative practice.