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.
The Philadelphia Meditation Center, Inc., Havertown, Pa.
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.
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.
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)
Darrin Zeer, Relaxation Consultants Inc., San Diego, Calif.
He brought Eastern relaxation to the cubicle-dwelling masses with Office Yoga, and holds yoga workshops in small offices across the country.
Fees: $500-$2,000 per workshop
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
A searchable directory of yoga instructors nationwide
Beth Israel Deaconess Sleep Disorders Center, Boston
Trained in sleep medicine, Harvard Medical School faculty from various disciplines--neurology, pulmonology, and general medicine--staff this center; they'll call in psychiatrists or otolaryngologists if your problem is more specialized.
James B. Maas, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
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.
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.
No More Sleepless Nights, by Peter Hauri.
The director emeritus of Mayo's insomnia program details how the afflicted can find and treat the cause of their sleep disorder.
The Promise of Sleep, by William C. Dement.
This primer on sleep science includes a glossary of sleep terms and a guide to evaluating and treating sleep problems.
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).