Now imagine the pressure on the people who have to deal with them -- faculty, administrators, other Harvard employees.
To ease the stress of administrative staff, Harvard's Office of the Executive Vice President announced three initiatives:
-- A six-week mindfulness at work class created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
-- One-hour workshops that can serve as refreshers for those who've taken the six-week class or as introductions or respite for others.
-- A staffed meditation "hotline."
The announcement says:
Finally, we have created a Guided Meditation Line, 4-CALM. This telephone line, still in the beta phase, is live and waiting mindfully for the stressed masses to call for three- and four-minute guided meditations, pointers to other Harvard resources, and regularly changing reflections on stress and resilience.I tried to find more details on the Guided Meditation Line because I was intrigued. No luck. Not even enough digits to make an outside call possible.