There is a rapid growth of scientific research, revealing what the Buddhist monks have known for generations but couldn't measure with machines: Meditation is a powerful tool for enhanced well-being and mental focus.
Being "always on" is then seen as a badge of honor, locking employees in competition to send emails at the oddest possible hour of the night. Who hasn't received an inconsequential email at 3 in the morning? What ever happened to sleep, and to the great unicorn of work-life balance?
A spa, even if only as a metaphor, is a destination that we need to visit, study and copy, because it allows the very respite from the madness of most of our lives that affords us the necessary breathing, reflection and contrast.
I often worry that those things that are most important to me -- spending time with my family, doing my martial arts practice -- are slowly under assault by the very gadgets that I bought to make my life easier.
Ever have one of those days when you get from point A to point B and you're not quite sure how you got there? Okay, don't freak out, but this happens to me a lot when I'm driving by myself and thinking about all the things I have to get done when I get where I'm going.