OAKLAND, CA — This is the Pause Now bus. It’s the brainchild of Filipina Oakland resident Jackie Corwin, who is getting ready to formally launch her mobile meditation center — the first of its kind in the Bay Area.
“When I first approached a builder to do it, I didn’t have drawings or anything, I just basically had it on the back of an envelope,” said Corwin. “I just said I want seven pods, I want it about this size, this is the size of my bus.”
The Laguna-born Pinay first discovered meditation 12 years ago during her high-stress career as a mortgage banker.
“I used to get migraines from the stresses of my job, only meditation helped me because it was a way for you to just relax.”
After 30 years in the industry, Corwin left her career to pursue her higher calling: to introduce meditation as a mental break for individuals, as well as companies across the Bay Area.
“Each one has noise-canceling headphones and also an iPad from which you can choose an array of different types of meditations.”
The Pause Bus is a 27-foot bright blue bus that will be found anywhere from corporate campuses to farmers markets, where visitors can spend 15 minutes of peace and quiet to meditate.
“This is just one of seven private pods in the pause now meditation bus, where visitors can take a moment to gather not just their breathing, but their thoughts as well.”
Studies show that meditation benefits one’s immune function, decreases pain, as well as inflammation.
“The scientific studies of meditation is out there. You’re happier, you’re also more productive after taking a 10-15 minute break, and studies have shown that.”
And for those at home looking to practice meditation, Corwin says its as easy as being mindful of your breathing.
“Being aware of your inhale and your exhale and it’s as easy as that. We think that were supposed to stop our thoughts but you cant stop your thoughts… just acknowledge it, gently release it, and come back to your breath.”
The Pause Now mobile meditation bus is set to formally launch in the Bay on February 23, 2018.