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Power points: Walking the halls for a moment of peace

Pick a hallway at work through which you will try to practise walking meditation.

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Walking the halls for mindful moments

Janice Marturano, a vice-president at General Mills Inc. and founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, suggests picking a hallway at work through which you will always try to practise walking meditation, noticing the sensations of your body, the colours and the smells. If your mind is pulled to your next meeting or your last e-mail, return it to the present – and, of course, don't take any cellphone calls. (


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Management columnist

Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More

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