I`d like to add a note about your article on Transcendental Meditation (TM) (March 1999 issue). TM is difficult for some folks, as are many other forms of meditation. I found Zen to be the hardest. Many different styles of meditation are available. The book I find most useful on the subject is by Dr. Laurence Le Shan, How to Meditate.
I do two-minute meditations in the dark room while I wait for the X-rays to develop. It is stolen time, of course. I don`t really have to wait there, but I find it helps me through the day. I also do 30-minute meditations at home, especially on my days off work.
We have recently incorporated a few yoga stretches into our day. I introduced the idea, and the assistants and office manager all love it. But they insist I lead the session. It does, I am certain, look comical to our boss when he finds all of us in the lab with our heads down and rears up counting for 30 seconds. But he has questioned our sanity for a long time anyway. We laugh a lot in our office. Which is, I should add, another very healthy practice.
So there you have it. Meditation and yoga during 30-second to two-minute breaks during the day keeps us healthy and happy. It works.
Mila Cousins, RDH
Bonners Ferry, Idaho