Neuroscientists explain how meditation can rewire the brain (neuroplasticity). Medical doctors have documented improvements in blood pressure. Change the thought processes and the cancer can go into remission.
But, come on, so many Baby Boomers have been slipping into the same voodoo pull force that had sucked up our devout Catholic parents.
Those kinds of Baby Boomers become addicted to the cushions in the Buddhist temples, the overstuffed chairs at Centering Prayer sessions and the cheap metal seats at 12-step meetings. Soon enough, just as there are rehabs for Internet compulsions, there will be those for the excesses in spirituality.
Here's the reality, at least for those of us who are determined to keep working. Spirituality can be a useful tool for helping us approach the world of work from a position of calm. And maybe even strength. But, in excess, it can actually distance us from a full commitment to our profession. We can become too relaxed, too detached, too eager to veer away from the turbulence that a career now entails.
The solution is to shop around for a spirituality program that doesn't take itself overly serious. The leaders aren't saints. The members have a quick eye for self-interest. And work is allowed to interfere. It should. It's more important.