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Zen & Silicon Valley

In the era of always-on connectedness, it’s no wonder that many people are feeling stressed out and nowhere is that feeling more prevalant than in the Silicon Valley. Noah Shachtman writes in this month’s Wired about how Facebook and Google are including meditation and zen classes to help people that are feeling overwhelmed.

Across the Valley, quiet contemplation is seen as the new caffeine, the fuel that allegedly unlocks productivity and creative bursts. Classes in meditation and mindfulness – paying close, nonjudgmental attention – have become staples at many of the region’s most prominent companies. There’s a Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute now teaching the Google meditation method to whoever wants it. The cofounders of Twitter and Facebook have made contemplative practices key features of their new enterprises, holding regular in-office meditation sessions and arranging for work routines that maximize mindfulness.