Roberts: Practice slow-motion meditation for mental health

I was discovering the healing power of meditation and solitude about the time I decided to run for county executive. You can imagine how hard it was to find time for peace and quiet when campaigning 16-20 hours a day.

Then when I was elected six months later, I became responsible for the work of more than 500 employees in the five major divisions of county government. It was equally difficult to find time for my solitude breaks.

I have always believed creative thinking can find some kind of solution to any challenge, so I started experimenting with ways to quickly quiet my mind and tap into my inner resources. The main truth I discovered is that mindfulness, simply being fully present with whatever is going on at the moment, can be a real taste treat for the inner being.