MIU Faculty Contribute to New Book

MIU Faculty Contribute to New Book

March 17, 2021 • ISSUE 565

MIU Faculty Contribute to New Book on Innovative Education

The cover of the new anthology

MIU faculty have contributed to a new anthology of educational research and essays, titled Advancing Innovation and Sustainable Outcomes in International Graduate Education, published by IGI Global. The book features groundbreaking research by MIU faculty members Fred Travis, Dennis Heaton, John Collins, Anil Maheshwari, and doctoral student Nakita Bruno Green, with a foreword by President John Hagelin and President Paul Chan of HELP University in Malaysia. The book is a collaboration between MIU faculty and faculty from HELP University.

The book was edited by MIU adjunct professor and MBA alumnus Mohan Raj Gurubatham and Geoffrey Alan Williams. Mr. Gurubatham conceived the anthology around new paradigms of graduate education. He works as professor and digital learning expert at the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management Graduate School of Business of HELP University.

Professor Gurubatham has years of experience working with global consulting firms in technology, change management, e-branding, culture, and learning. He has received international acclaim for his higher order thinking model, which has shown that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique expands a person’s conscious thinking and facilitates knowledge transfer. In his conclusion to the book, he applies this model to integrate the ideas from the various chapters and showcases the significance of Consciousness-Based℠ education in improving the effectiveness of graduate studies.

Adjunct Professor Mohan Raj Gurubatham

A chapter by Dennis Heaton and PhD student Nakita Bruno Green addresses how the inclusion of tools for consciousness development in management education can support achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Anil Maheshwari contributed two chapters. One shows how the principles of natural law can provide an integrative framework for teaching data analytics, resulting in stress-free learning. The second chapter examines how big data technologies and architectures can be applied to meet the special needs of emerging societies, especially in the healthcare sector.

Fred Travis wrote three chapters for the book. The first, with John Collins, summarizes a study showing that students participating in Consciousness-Based education had higher levels of brain integration, associated with emotional stability and success in life, and higher global constructive thinking, leading to greater success on the job and more stable personal and social relationships.

Professor Travis’s second chapter on “Innovation, Creativity and Brain Integration” suggests that creativity may depend on a higher order of brain integration. His third chapter, “Negative and Positive Mind-Wandering,” shows how positive mind-wandering enables the mind to escape the constraints of the current situation and explore novel solutions.

Nahom Abegaze — Pursuing Personal, Spiritual, and Professional Development

Nahom Abegaze — Pursuing Personal, Spiritual, and Professional Development

March 8, 2021 • ISSUE 564

Nahom Abegaze

Pursuing Personal, Spiritual, and Professional Development

MIU student Nahom Abegaze

Nahom Abegaze is a part-time student in MIU’s master’s in leadership and workplace conflict resolution. He moved to the US from Ethiopia with his family when he was eight and earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and communication from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013. He then worked as project coordinator for various nonprofit organizations.

Looking for a deeper level of personal growth while in college, he founded the organization Students Seeking Spirituality. He began practicing yoga and meditation and adopted a healthy lifestyle. That’s when he first learned about MIU through a Facebook ad.

 

Working on the documentary ‘Buay’ with Buay Tang and Nina Ziv

After completing his degree, he continued his pursuit of self-development and, in 2016, he came to a Visitors Weekend. “It was beyond my expectations,” he said. “I thought this was the place I was looking for and I wanted to join.”

Nahom moved to Fairfield in the spring of 2017 and worked as campus visit coordinator and HR assistant. He also had a chance to fulfill his dream of working in Ethiopia when MIU asked him to facilitate a collaboration with a partner university in Addis Ababa. Since last September, he has served as assistant director of MIU’s new Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

At HPX Live 2020, a leadership and self-development workshop in San Diego, CA, with MIU alumni friends (from left to right: Isaac Reynoso, Luke Hillis, Wahid Amin, Shannon Danaher, Jon Mixdorf, Nahom Abegaze)

Nahom says he is a “doer.” He is always hard at work and enjoys achieving his goals. Some of his skills include event planning, program development and implementation, and project management. All of his expertise and past experience come in handy in his new job, which includes infrastructure building, research, policy development, and education.

He considers the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® programs important tools for helping him efficiently accomplish tasks without burning out. “Moving to Fairfield was a strategic move,” he said. “Being in a community of meditators was essential to facilitate my spiritual growth.”

In 2020 Nahom also became a film producer, helping student Nina Ziv make an award-winning documentary about fellow student Buay Tang, who came to the US as a child refugee from South Sudan and was hoping to reunite with his family after 22 years.

Ila Anemone Zeeb

Ila Anemone Zeeb

March 1, 2021 • ISSUE 563

Ila Anemone Zeeb

The Mind/Body Approach to Psychology

MIU alumna Ila Anemone Zeeb

Ila Anemone Zeeb came to MIU from Germany and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Maharishi Vedic Science℠ in 2003. She worked at MIU for seven years, in Admissions and Student Life, before earning a graduate degree in counseling psychology and somatic psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Ila’s interest in psychology was nurtured by her studies in Maharishi Vedic Science and diving deep into topics of consciousness and human development. “Vedic Science is a deep exploration of life and human potential,” she said. “It has taught me to look for connections in everything I study and how everything relates to everything else.”

“My background in Vedic Science influences my lens in psychology,” said Ila. “I have a humanistic orientation, and I feel a deep humility towards every person’s innate resilience and intelligence. The body is deeply intelligent; it communicates through symptoms, and symptoms are the nervous system’s attempt to self-regulate and integrate. Everyone has an underlying resilience and worthiness, and every human being is fundamentally sacred.”

Ila with her daughter

Ila is a great believer in an integrative approach to psychology, which led her to study somatic psychotherapy or body psychotherapy. This cutting-edge branch of psychotherapy combines traditional approaches to counseling with an understanding of the nervous system and neurobiology and has been found to be particularly effective in treating trauma and PTSD. “It’s such a relief for clients when you explain to them what is happening in their body and why they feel how they feel,” she said.

She has worked in community mental health crisis stabilization, trauma, and substance abuse and is currently seeing clients in her private practice in Boulder. She is always looking to expand her understanding by attending training in counseling modalities and is also pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit management with a concentration in human resource management at Northeastern University, Boston. She is interested in learning about organizational cultures as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ila is also committed to understanding social equity and multicultural awareness in counseling. Her article on this topic was recently published in the International Body Psychotherapy Journal.