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Meditation Will Solve Country's Problems

Uh-oh. These kinds of stories would be funny if the Democrats didn't have control of Congress and the White House:

If we just all sit criss-cross-applesauce-style and chant “Ommmmm,” the economy will improve, peace will reign, and the world will be a better place! Via Eric Zimmerman at The Hill:

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) says he’s found a cost effective way to address chronic pain, stress, and other illnesses: meditation.

Ryan is urging policymakers to consider adding “mindfulness education”–learning to reduce one’s own stress level–to healthcare reform legislation.
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2 comments:

eulogos said...

What is "criss-cross applesauce" style?
I note that it has the root in it of "Christ's cross." Where does the applesauce come in?
The association with meditation makes me think that it means something like the lotus position. But I have never heard this expression. It sounds as though the author expects people to have heard it, though.
I think when my kids were in elementary school they called it sitting Indian style. Is this a substitute term for that, on the general principle that calling anything Indian anything is bad?

When I was in elementary school we sat in chairs. The sitting on the rug thing hadn't come in yet.

Lori said...

Yes, this is a euphemism for "Indian Style"...and the applesauce is just there to rhyme and make it sing-songy.


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