No, I do not have a Ph.D. No, I was not educated in a traditional meditative practice. No, I am not a Buddhist. But sometimes the world, even the meditation world, needs an outside point of view if it is to change for the better.
By keeping my "eye on the prize," as I told one nurse, and focusing 100 percent of my energy on the minutely repetitive tasks I needed to, I was able to reach a far greater success than many thought possible.
The real answer to living your life in balance and with a healthy sense of calm is not about spending more time on the mat or on a meditation pillow, but taking your practice off the pillow and bringing it into your everyday life.