Monday, February 16, 2015

Meditation: There's no place like OM

Mary MacVean (, 2-16-15); Crystal Quintero, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
"Om"? Busy participants serenely relax and meditate during a class at Unplug, a new meditation studio in Los Angeles, on April 24, 2014 (Katie Falkenberg/
Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down
"Buddha Doodles" (Molly Coles)
One hundred fifty people sat in the big meeting room, hands on laps, eyes closed, feet flat on the floor. "Bring your attention to this moment," Janice Marturano instructed.
"Be open to sensations of warmth or coolness, sensations of fullness from breakfast, or perhaps hunger." Minutes later, the meditation ended with the traditional strikes of little hand cymbals. Buddhists? Old hippies? New Agers?
Nope. The room was full of hospital executives and managers in lab coats and scrubs, jeans and sports coats at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. And the teacher was Marturano, once a top executive at General Mills.
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Peace comes from within.
The founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, Marturano is about as far from woo-woo as the spectrum allows -- and a sign that meditation has snaked its way into every sector of our lives.

The hospital employees were learning a practice shared by millions these days: college students, parents, prisoners, soldiers, the overweight, the lovelorn, the Seattle Seahawks, public school kids, members of Congress, Oprah, Chopra, and Arianna. And perhaps you. What? You're not meditating?

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