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Leaves Falling Gently

Is a book about living well despite changes and challenges beyond your control.

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Living Fully & Letting Go

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a mindfulness teacher, clinician-researcher, and leader, whose lifework integrates contemplative wisdom, science, and practices to foster wellbeing. Susan is the author of the book, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness. For over two decades, she has led resiliency and mindfulness retreats and workshops, particularly for individuals facing medical challenges and professionals working in health care.

Simple Tip to Bring Mindfulness into Everyday Life
When you are overwhelmed, pre-occupied, worried, angry, agitated or uncomfortable: STOP

  • S  Stop. Simply pause from what you are doing.
  • T  Take a few slow breaths with awareness, noticing the sensations of breathing in and breathing out.
  • O  Observe and curiously notice your thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations.
  • P  Proceed with awareness, kindness, and wise action (or wise inaction).

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a mindfulness teacher, clinician-researcher, and leader, whose lifework integrates contemplative wisdom, science, and practices to foster wellbeing. Susan is the author of the book, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness. For over two decades, she has led resiliency and mindfulness retreats and workshops, particularly for individuals facing medical challenges and professionals working in health care.

Her formal professional roles and affiliations include: her current position as President of the Mind & Life Institute; previous role as Director of the Compassionate Care Initiative and the Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care at the University of Virginia School of Nursing; prior roles as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar at Emory University School of Nursing, Director of the Cantor Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and other faculty positions at Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Dartmouth Medical School.

Susan facilitates retreats, workshops, and resiliency training programs throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Susan is nourished by nature and animals and particularly enjoys hiking and gardening. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, John, and their two dogs, Keiko and Riku.