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An Interview with Lawrence Carroll 

Calculus of Calm

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I've had kids come up to me and say meditation stopped them getting into a fight. They relax, breath deep, regroup, and make an unexpected choice—walk away! Teens are told, "No," "Don't, "You shouldn't..." somewhere around 400 to 500 times a day. When they're not being admonished and limited, it's a serious breath of fresh air. Meditation is kind of like zero in the number system, completely neutral. It creates a natural updraft toward positivity. Negativity and aggression are rendered impotent.

When did you realize you were onto something that could be replicated by other teachers and implemented on a broader scale? 

Over the past four years, I've introduced hundreds of both new and experienced teachers to my work in workshops and presentations. It began with teachers wanting to implement my techniques in their classes. I was delighted to be able to observe them teach, offer them guided meditation audios and instructions, demonstrate my approach in their own classes, and coach them one on one. I'm thrilled by their response and willingness to try the techniques in their schools.

People are ready to experiment with meditation and other stress-relieving techniques, even though they may have little experience. I've become confident that the way I'm introducing it to people is effective. I also make myself available to support teachers who need more coaching for themselves or their classes. In 2009, I also became a Professional Certified Life Coach.

Has there been any resistance from people who felt you were pushing religion?
Many meditation processes are attached to philosophies that have their roots in religion. At first I wondered if what I was teaching would threaten some people's religious sentiments, so I was braced for that kind of push-back, but it never came. The reason you meditate is very personal. It's also universal—everyone can do it. Silence and stillness are natural, and in mastering the basic technique, you gain a wonderful self-management tool that can be applied in every aspect of your life.

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