Really entertaining and insightful article from Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist, May 21, 2008.
Meditation: It's what's for sanity
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/gate/a/2008/05/21/notes052108.DTL (click here)
".. the problem is that we as a culture are still very much trained, beaten, shaped from birth to never, ever, no matter what you do, calm down and breathe more consciously... Present-time awareness? Breathwork? Caultivating a sense of loving kindness? Save it for the New Age Expo, hippie..."