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William and Catherine Krame Co-founders, Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Bill & Catherine Krame
Mindfulness, a purposeful way of focusing attention in the present moment, had been part of the Krame family lifestyle long before the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but the tragedy did help to crystallize the way in which William and Catherine Krame could use the approach to better serve the community.
“When the Sandy Hook massacre occurred, there was a huge shift for me,” Catherine says. “The shooting was on a Friday, and my daughter, who was writing something for school about bringing mindfulness into education, bounced ideas off me that [following] weekend.”
While debates raged in the U.S. over changes that needed to be made to prevent similar tragedies, it occurred to Catherine that incorporating mindfulness into education could help solve the problem of violence in schools.
“Teach children emotional resilience and how to cope, so that they don’t turn to violence – this is the change that has to come,” she says. “We have to bring more mindfulness to children.”
With that goal in mind, the Krames sought a location for a spiritual wellness center and soon discovered that Ramapo College – located near the couple’s home in Mahwah – was a willing collaborator. The Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College was opened in 2014 to serve students, faculty and the community at large.
“For the past 15 years I’ve incorporated principles of mindfulness into my everyday life and my business,” says William, a real estate developer by vocation. “I’ve seen the benefits myself and wanted others to see the benefits of a mindful approach to living life.”
The stated mission of the Krame Center is to “support faculty, staff and students while serving the greater community as a distinctive center for learning and research in contemplative and mindfulness practices.” Toward that end, classes and programs – including a speaker series, weekly meditation sessions and an eight-session Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course – have been made available to the Ramapo community and the public.
The objective during the Krame Center’s first two years, William says, has been to “build a strong foundation to ensure the highest quality of programs.” The long-term goal, Catherine adds, is to introduce contemplative studies as part of the curriculum and, ultimately, a degree program.
“We are hoping to create a model that will be used across the country in other educational institutions,” she says.
– Joseph Ritacco, (201) Magazine.
Meditation: A Practical Way to Retrain Attention,by Daniel Goleman November 2013
New Yorker Magazine July 6, 2015
The Higher Life. A mindfulness guru for the tech set. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/06/the-higher-life
60 Minutes – Anderson Cooper reports on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,”
Cooper states, “it’s rare that you do a story like this and find that it actually kind of changes your life.”
New York Times Business section
How the chief of Aetna is using meditation and mindfulness to reshape his company’s culture. -David Gelles
“The #1 Health Booster in 2015–Politicians, Children & Celebrities are Doing it–Shouldn’t You?”
Scientific American Magazine
“Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits” November 2014
Ramapo College Magazine Summer 2014
William and Catherine Krame have lived in Mahwah for 15 years, so when they started looking to build a spiritual center for mindfulness education, their search eventually led them to Ramapo College. “I’ve seen Ramapo grow from a small college into a major learning institution,” Bill Krame said. “What they’ve done is very impressive.”
The Krames made a generous donation toward creating the William and Catherine Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living. Krame, a real estate developer, said he and his wife have meditated daily for many years. Having a Type A personality, he said, he sees the benefits firsthand. “Mindfulness has finally been recognized by academics and the medical community as a way of coping and dealing with everyday problems and medical issues,” he said. “The whole concept is: You cannot alter the past and your future is unknown. All you can control is how you deal with the here and now.”
Krame’s vision for the school is long term, and ambitious. He believes Ramapo can become the leading institution on the East Coast for mindfulness education. Its physical location, beautiful facilities, commitment to the students and the surrounding community, and its focus on interdisciplinary education make Ramapo an ideal environment for expanding the study of mindfulness.
“Under the leadership of President Mercer and a fully engaged and committed faculty,” Krame said, “we are very excited about this opportunity and the potential that exists to make a real difference in the world.”
“Changing the world, one person at a time.”
“Helping everyone reach their potential”
Bill Moyers’ Healing and the Mind
The first 45 minutes of Healing From Within features Jon’s MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)classes at the UMass Medical Center. It was produced and aired for the first time in 1993. Since then, over 40 million viewers have seen it. It is part of a five part PBS (Public Broadcasting System) series entitled Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.
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Mindful Magazine research roundup
8 Weeks to a better brain by the Harvard Gazette
Mindfulness and Addiction: stop smoking website and app (as seen in Judson Brewer presentation)