On pages 65 through 79 of the February 2004 issue, Inc. dives into how entrepreneurs are striking that delicate balance between running successful businesses and leading fulfilling lives. Here, Inc.com explores the quieter side of helping entrepreneurs find a little balance in their hectic lives with a handful of resources anyone can use to find a little peace of mind -- and catch a few winks.
We've also set up a special Fresh Inc. weblog for Inc. readers to discuss how they destress and find time for themselves in their busy business lives.
YOGA AND MEDITATION
The Philadelphia Meditation Center, Inc., Havertown, Pa. 610-853-8200; PhlMedCtr@aol.com This unassuming center just outside of Philly offers meditation three nights a week, occasional weekend retreats, and classes on Buddhist teaching. Fees: $5/class (suggested) and $25/day for offsite retreats (suggested), plus donations to teachers
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, Calif. 415-488-0164 This popular center, just across the bay from San Francisco, offers regular classes, teachings about Buddhism and meditation, and meditative retreats ranging from a day to two months. Fees: From a few dollars (suggested) for a class to a few thousand for long retreats.
Bruce Van Horn, Yoga for Business, Inc., Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. 845-732-7437; email@example.com After former accountant Van Horn discovered the benefits of yoga, he blended his MBA background and Eastern spirituality perspective for stressed-out execs with classes, workshops, videos and books. His work focuses on individual and organizational wellness to improve the health of organizations. Fees: $2,500 for half-day wellness program (per group of employees, up to 25)
Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn. A meditation guide by meditation teacher and the director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center
"Guided Meditation,", by Bodhipaksa. An instructive CD popular with beginning meditators
James B. Maas, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 607-255-6302; firstname.lastname@example.org Cornell professor Maas, the author of Power Sleep, insists that sleep and performance are inextricably linked, and helps execs get the most out of both. Fees: $7,500-$15,000 for speeches, seminars and workshops; sleep, health and performance, corporation and spouses.
Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn: 507-284-2511 Scottsdale, Ariz.: 480-301-8000 Jacksonville, Fla.: 904-953-2000 The Mayo sleep centers draw from experts in the neurology, pulmonology, and psychiatry fields to treat sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to breathing trouble during sleep.
www.sleepfoundation.org Offers tips for a restful and restorative sleep, and includes a useful article on jet lag (staying indoors, it notes, worsens jet lag--daylight helps regulate the internal clock).