Waiting rooms across the country are transforming into MEDITATING rooms as part of one Oregon woman’s national Don’t Wait—Meditate™ campaign. The goal is to help 100,000 people develop the habit of meditation without asking them to commit any extra personal time beyond the time they usually spend waiting.
The average American spends 42-60 minutes each and every day waiting. Lisa Hepner’s Meditation Challenge asks people to utilize the time they spend waiting for a train, a bank teller, a grocery clerk or a green light, as an opportunity to begin gaining the health benefits offered by meditation.
What if that precious time normally spent waiting could be used for meditating? The Don’t Wait—Meditate ™ campaign challenges people to convert waiting time into meditating time.
“The truth is that while most people are aware of the benefits of meditation, most people do not have a regular meditation practice.” says Ms. Hepner, founder of the Meditation Challenge.
”The biggest obstacle people face in developing a regular meditation practice is TIME,” says Hepner. “They say they don’t have enough time to meditate. Yet precious time is spent waiting for an appointment or for a computer to restart or in line at the grocery store or in traffic.”
Hepner is taking her campaign to places where people wait the most—doctor’s offices. She is approaching holistic centers across the U.S. to participate in her campaign and so far over a dozen clinics have signed on.
Participating holistic centers receive flyers (branded with their clinic’s information) that look like magazines to put in their waiting rooms. Most people while waiting for an appointment will look to the magazine area for something to fill the time. However, at participating clinics they will find a flyer that includes tips they can use to meditate while they are waiting.
A special web page invites people to fill-out the “official” Don’t Wait—Meditate™ pledge. Once they do this, they receive free recorded audio podcasts explaining various meditation techniques designed for practicing while waiting, along with a special report on the common misconceptions of meditation. They are also given the opportunity to receive live meditation instruction for 21 days from the comfort of their own home to further develop the habit of meditation.
Hepner supposes that another benefit bestowed on people who convert their waiting time into meditating time is that they won’t mind waiting any more.