From "Meditation goes mainstream" (Press Democrat - Santa Rosa, CA):
Gary Devine, a Santa Rosa attorney, believes the arthritis pain in his lower back has been relieved in large part by sitting quietly for 15 minutes every morning.
OK, get rid of the stereotypes. You don't have to curl up like a pretzel. You don't have to chant. You don't have to shave your head, sit barefoot, burn incense or wear a robe.
Meditation, the centuries-old mind and body exercise used in many religious practices and designed to lead to awareness and relaxation, has remodeled its psychedelic 1970s Beatles-Maharishi image.
Today, the Dalai Lama's on Twitter and meditation is going mainstream, judging by the one out of
11 Americans who told a government survey in 2007 that they'd meditated in the past year.
Devine, the lawyer, said, “Mindfulness meditation is not a panacea for unhappiness, but a tool to build a healthier outlook on the only thing we absolutely can control — the present. We need to spend more time in the present than our culture traditionally expects us to.”
Along with easing his back pain, he said his daily meditation practice makes him “feel better about myself and my life.”
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