28 November 2009

Using meditation as medication

A new study suggests that Transcendental Meditation could help to increase brain function and lower stress.

Fifty students took part in the trial at the American University in Washington DC, and after ten weeks of meditation they reported feeling more alert and said they coped better in difficult situations.

Research into the health claims made for meditation has limitations and few conclusions can be reached, but indications suggest that meditation may have a measurable impact on the brain.

Josh Goulding took part in the study at the American University and claims it has helped to get him off a cocktail of drugs he was taking to control Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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20 November 2009

Can Meditation Curb Heart Attacks? - NYTimes.com

Richard Patterson for The New York Times
Recent research suggests transcendental meditation may be good for the heart.

When Julia Banks was almost 70, she took up transcendental meditation. She had clogged arteries, high blood pressure and too much weight around the middle, and she enrolled in a clinical trial testing the benefits of meditation.

Now Mrs. Banks, 79, of Milwaukee, meditates twice a day, every day, for 20 minutes each time, setting aside what she calls “a little time for myself.”

“You never think you’ve got that time to spare, but you take that time for yourself and you get the relaxation you need,” said Mrs. Banks, who survived a major heart attack and a lengthy hospitalization after coronary artery bypass surgery six years ago.

“You have things on your mind, but you just blot it out and do the meditation, and you find yourself being more graceful in your own life,” she said. “You find out problems you thought you had don’t exist — they were just things you focused on.”

Could the mental relaxation have real physiological benefits? For Mrs. Banks, the study suggests, it may have. She has gotten her blood pressure under control, though she still takes medication for it, and has lost about 75 pounds.

Findings from the study were presented this week at an American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, Fla. They suggest that transcendental meditation may have real therapeutic value for high-risk people, like Mrs. Banks, with established coronary artery disease.

After following about 200 patients for an average of five years, researchers said, the high-risk patients who meditated cut their risk of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from all causes roughly in half compared with a group of similar patients who were given more conventional education about healthy diet and lifestyle.

Among the roughly 100 patients who meditated, there were 20 heart attacks, strokes and deaths; in the comparison group, there were 32. The meditators tended to remain disease-free longer and also reduced their systolic blood pressure by five millimeters of mercury, on average.

“We found reduced blood pressure that was significant – that was probably one important mediator,” said Dr. Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, a research institute based at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, who presented the findings. The study was conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, in collaboration with the institute.

An earlier study of high-risk Milwaukee residents, many of them overweight or obese, also found transcendental meditation, along with conventional medications, could help reduce blood pressure. Most of those in the study had only high-school educations or less, about 40 percent smoked and roughly half had incomes of less than $10,000 a year.

The participants found transcendental meditation easy to learn and practice, Dr. Schneider said.

“Fortunately, it does not require any particular education and doesn’t conflict with lifestyle philosophy or beliefs; it’s a straightforward technique for getting deep rest to the mind and body,” he said, adding that he believes the technique “helps to reset the body’s own self-repair and homeostatic mechanism.”

Dr. Schneider said other benefits of meditation might follow from stress reduction, which could cause changes in the brain that cut stress hormones like cortisol and dampen the inflammatory processes associated with atherosclerosis.

“What is it about stress that causes cardiovascular disease?” said Dr. Theodore Kotchen, associate dean for clinical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “Hormones, neural hormones, cortisol, catecholamines — all tend to be elevated in stress. Could they in some way be contributing to cardiovascular disease? Could a reduction in these hormones with meditation be contributing to reduction in disease? We can only speculate.”

Another recent study focusing on transcendental meditation, published in The American Journal of Hypertension, focused on a young healthy population. It found that stressed-out college students improved their mood through T.M., and those at risk for hypertension were able to reduce their blood pressure. Dr. Schneider was also involved in that study, which was carried out at American University in Washington and included 298 students randomly assigned to either a meditation group or a waiting list.

Students who were at risk of hypertension and practiced meditation reduced systolic blood pressure by 6.3 millimeters of mercury and their diastolic pressure by 4 millimeters of mercury on average.

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19 November 2009

Towards Collective Harmony

One percent of the population practicing the Transcendental Meditation would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population.

Such was boldly predicted by Maharishi Yogi in 1960. However, this phenomenon was first noticed in 1974 and published in 1976. It was found that when 1% of the community practiced the Transcendental Meditation program, then the average crime rate came down by an average of 16%. This phenomenon was named the Maharishi Effect then. Later, the meaning of the term was extended to cover the influence generated by the group practice of the TM-Sidhi program. Now, the Maharishi Effect could be defined as the influence of coherence and positivity on the social and natural environment generated by the practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi programs.

The first statistical analysis of the effects of the TM-Sidhi program was published in 1987. They presented a decrease in violent crimes in Washington D.C., and total crimes in Metro Manila and Delhi by an average of 11%. Further research has confirmed the presence and the universality of the Maharishi Effect.

David Edwards Ph.D., Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin, says, about the Maharishi Effect, “I think the claim can be plausibly made that the potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other ongoing social or psychological research program. It has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of conflict resolution. This work and the theory that informs it deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike.”

The basis of the Maharishi Effect is collective consciousness. This involves the sum total of the individual consciousness of the people in a specified group, be it a community or even a nation. Individual consciousness is said to be the basic unit of collective consciousness, influencing collective consciousness and being in turn influenced by it.

Maharishi states, “Just as the consciousness of an individual determines the quality of his thought and behavior, so also there exists another type of consciousness for society as a whole; a collective consciousness for each family, city, state, or nation, having its own reality and the possibility of growth. The quality of collective consciousness of a society is a direct and sensitive reflection of the level of consciousness of its individual members.”

Individual consciousness and collective consciousness hence bear a reciprocal relationship. As collective consciousness is created by the individuals within the group, when the individual consciousness grows, collective consciousness expands.

As a result of this reciprocal relationship between individual and collective consciousness, a group of people practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme will be able to influence harmony to collective consciousness, thereby enabling the entire population to act more coherently and harmoniously and in one with Natural Law. On this basis, Maharishi has demonstrated the potential for every nation to create invincibility for itself and for all its citizens.

Realizing this power of thought, especially collective thought, Monish Dhawan has seeded the idea of “I Want a Positive Headline, a mass Movement, which aims at convincing the media to provide more positive headlines in an effort towards impacting greater well-being and happiness for each individual and the world.

The logic is simple. The media deeply influences collective thought through the way it portrays news, and affects billions simultaneously through its extensive reach. And this collective thought is what creates the reality we see around.

At present, there are more negative news headlines that cover the front pages of newspapers, and reports of mayhem and terrorism on news channels. All this leads to a collective negativity that manifests itself as ill health, depression and a loss of hope. This in turn creates the negative world that we have become familiar with.

However, the converse is also true. If the media were to portray more positive news, then it would generate positivity among the millions, helping to build a happier, healthier reality.

All it needs is for people to choose for this to happen. “I Want a Positive Headline” gives you that chance for being part of the millions that can come together and cohesively demand for a change in the way the media projects news, ask for more positive headlines with the view that this will bring about a positive change in people and the environment that their collective thoughts will create. It empowers you to change your reality, one thought at a time.
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18 November 2009

Meditation may lower BP and college stressors

By Joene Hendry

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If the stresses of college have put you at risk for high blood pressure, try transcendental meditation.

Blood pressure fell among college students who spent about 20 minutes at least once a day to reach the "restful alertness" state of transcendental meditation, Dr. Sanford I. Nidich, at Maharishi University of Management Research Institute in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, and colleagues report.

Their study, in the American Journal of Hypertension, found meditating students also had "reduced psychological distress, anxiety, and depression," Nidich told Reuters Health in an email.

He and colleagues randomly assigned 298 healthy students with and without high blood pressure to transcendental meditation training or to a training wait list. The students, 40 percent men, were just under 26 years old on average and attended universities in and around Washington, D.C.

Among the 207 students still participating in the study 3 months later, those in the meditation group had slight reductions in blood pressure, while the wait-listed students had slight increases in average blood pressure from the start of the study.

The meditating students also showed greater reductions in overall mood disturbances, anxiety, depression, anger, and hostility, and better coping skills compared with baseline measures and wait-listed students.

Nidich's team further assessed a subgroup of 48 meditating and 64 wait-listed students who initially had high blood pressure (above 130 over 85 millimeters of mercury) or were at risk for high blood pressure.

In this high-blood-pressure-risk group, the meditating students had blood pressures that were lower, on average, than at the start of the study, while the wait-listed students had increases in blood pressure.

Nidich and colleagues also found these "significant reductions" in blood pressure correlated with lower measures of psychological distress and greater coping measures.

The researchers suggest their findings warrant further investigations into the potential health benefits of longer-term transcendental meditation in college students.

SOURCE: American Journal of Hypertension, December 2009

© Thomson Reuters 2009
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At-risk college students reduce HBP, anxiety, depression through Transcendental Meditation

The Transcendental Meditation® technique may be an effective method to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and anger among at-risk college students, according to a new study to be published in the American Journal of Hypertension, December 2009.

"The Transcendental Meditation Program, a widely-used standardized program to reduce stress, showed significant decreases in blood pressure and improved mental health in young adults at risk for hypertension," said David Haaga, PhD, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at American University in Washington, D.C.

This study was conducted at American University with 298 university students randomly allocated to either the Transcendental Meditation technique or wait-list control over a three-month intervention period. A subgroup of 159 subjects at risk for hypertension was analyzed separately. At baseline and after three months, blood pressure, psychological distress, and coping ability were assessed.

For the students at risk for developing hypertension, significant improvements were observed in blood pressure, psychological distress and coping. Compared to the control group, students practicing the Transcendental Meditation program showed reductions of 6.3 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure and 4.0 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure. These reductions are associated with a 52% lower risk for development of hypertension in later years.

The findings are timely. Today, an estimated 18 million students are dealing with mental health issues on college campuses. Statistics from colleges nationwide indicate there has been a 50% increase in the diagnosis of depression, and more than twice as many students are on psychiatric medications as a decade ago. According to recent national surveys of campus therapists, more students than ever are seeking psychiatric help on college campuses all across the United States.

"This is the first randomized controlled study to show in young adults at risk for hypertension reductions in blood pressure that were associated with changes in psychological distress and coping," said Sanford Nidich, EdD, lead author and senior researcher at the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. "Previous research has shown that psychological distress such as anxiety, depression, and anger contribute to the development of hypertension in young adults," said Dr. Nidich.

College students are particularly prone to psychological distress caused by interpersonal and social problems, pressures to succeed academically, financial strains, and uncertain futures. For the entire sample in this study, there was a significant improvement in students' mental health.

"Hypertension is a common risk factor for cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Yet, decades of research show that high blood pressure begins in youth. This well-controlled clinical trial found that blood pressure can be effectively lowered in students with a stress-reducing intervention. This has major implications for the prevention of hypertension, heart attacks and strokes in adulthood," said Robert Schneider MD, FACC, specialist in clinical hypertension, Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and study co-author.
This study was supported, in part, by a Specialized Center of Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health–National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and by the Abramson Family Foundation, David Lynch Foundation, and other private donors.

Facts on Stress and Young Adults
  • Hypertension affects approximately one-third (33%) of the US adult population.
  • College-age individuals with blood pressure (BP) elevated beyond the optimal range are three times more likely to develop hypertension than normotensives.
  • Psychological distresses such as anxiety, depression, and anger/hostility have been found to contribute to the development of hypertension in young adults.
  • In 2007, around 15% of students reported having been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives — up from 10% in 2000.

Contact: Ken Chawkin
Maharishi University of Management

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Meditate and learn better

Transcendental Meditation. That's the soothing study aid now used in Rio's schools, with the support of the David Lynch Foundation. Sessions of transcendental meditation are now part of 7,000 students' curriculum. And it appears to be working. Rio now plans to introduce the practice in schools citywide.
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17 November 2009

Meditation 'eases heart disease'

Woman meditating
Heart patients saw a big risk reduction from practising meditation
Heart disease patients who practise Transcendental Meditation have reduced death rates, US researchers have said.

At a meeting of the American Heart Association they said they had randomly assigned 201 African Americans to meditate or to make lifestyle changes.

After nine years, the meditation group had a 47% reduction in deaths, heart attacks and strokes.

The research was carried out by the Medical College in Wisconsin with the Maharishi University in Iowa.

It was funded by a £2.3m grant from the National Institute of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

'Significant benefits'

The African American men and women had an average age of 59 years and a narrowing of the arteries in their hearts.

  • Introduced in India in 1955 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • In the 60s the Beatles popularised it by travelling to India to learn the technique from the Maharishi
  • The Maharishi Foundation says TM is a programme for the development of consciousness
  • Courses are only available through the foundation
  • They cost from £190 for students to £590 for people with incomes over £40,000
The meditation group practised for 20 minutes twice a day.

The lifestyle change group received education classes in traditional risk factors, including dietary modification and exercise.

As well as the reductions in death, heart attacks and strokes in the meditating group, there was a clinically significant drop (5mm Hg) in blood pressure, and a significant reduction in psychological stress in some participants.

Robert Schneider, lead author and director of the Centre for Natural Medicine and Prevention at the Maharishi University in Iowa, said other studies had shown the benefits of Transcendental Meditation on blood pressure and stress, irrespective of ethnicity.

"This is the first controlled clinical trial to show that long-term practise of this particular stress reduction programme reduces the incidence of clinical cardiovascular events, that is heart attacks, strokes and mortality," he said.

Dr Schneider said that the effect of Transcendental Meditation in the trial was like adding a class of newly discovered drugs for the prevention of heart disease.

He said: "In this case, the new medications are derived from the body's own internal pharmacy stimulated by the Transcendental Meditation practice."

Ingrid Collins, a consultant educational psychologist at the London Medical Centre, said: "I'm not at all surprised that a change of behaviour like this can have enormous benefits both emotionally and physically.

"Physical and emotional energy is on a continuum and whatever happens to us physically can affect our emotions and vice versa."

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06 November 2009

Can Transcendental Meditation help with coronary heart disease?

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Can stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation help CHD patients prevent future heart attacks?

NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides $1 million for new study at Columbia University Medical Center

The National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will fund a $1 million collaborative study by the Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management Research Institute and Columbia University Medical Center to determine whether the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique can help patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) prevent future heart attacks, strokes and death.

The 12-week "Randomized Controlled Trial of Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease in African Americans," will be conducted at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The trial will examine 56 patients who have had a heart attack or bypass surgery, angioplasty, or chronic angina.

"For decades, stress has been implicated in the cause and progression of heart disease," said Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., lead author and director of the NIH-funded Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention. "And while standard cardiac rehabilitation usually includes supervised exercise and lifestyle education, it does not usually include a formal stress reduction program.

"Now, for the first time, this study will evaluate whether adding stress reduction through the Transcendental Meditation technique to conventional cardiac rehabilitation will aid in the treatment of serious CHD compared to conventional cardiac rehabilitation alone," Dr. Schneider said.

Patients will be carefully evaluated before and after the study for changes in their coronary artery disease with the most advanced noninvasive methods for measuring cardiac function—PET or positron emission tomography. According to Sabahat Bokhari, MD, Director of Nuclear Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center and study co-director, "PET is an innovative imaging technology that allows us to visually and non-invasively study blood flow to the heart. With this state-of-the-art technology, doctors can now measure the blood flow to the heart and thus quantify the full impact of stress reduction on CHD."

The NIH funding allocation is part of the Obama Administration's American Reinvestment and Recovery Act—or economic stimulus bill. Competition for the funding was fierce with more than 20,000 applications for the Challenge Grants category and only 840 awarded. "In the current climate of health care reform, the purpose of this grant is to find more effective treatments for heart disease and thereby find more effective ways to reduce health care costs," Dr. Schneider said.

"The NHLBI's Recovery Act funds will make it possible to evaluate Transcendental Meditation as a promising tool in helping to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and death related to coronary events. This is worthwhile research since we know that strong emotional stress can lead to conditions such as arrhythmia and hypertension," said NHLBI Director Elizabeth Nabel, M.D.

Results from several earlier trials on the Transcendental Meditation program found reductions in risk factors for heart disease, such as hypertension, psychological stress, insulin resistance, and build-up of atherosclerosis in the arteries, with indications of reduced mortality from heart disease. This newly funded study will directly evaluate coronary artery disease and continue to examine the potential of meditation for improvements in cardiovascular health.


Fast Facts on Coronary Heart Disease:
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States
  • There are nearly 1.5 million heart attacks per year in the US, according the American Heart Association
  • An American will suffer a heart attack every 34 seconds
  • Coronary heart disease is also the leading cause of soaring health care costs; more than $475 billion spent annually on treating CHD, including
    • $100,000 for each coronary bypass surgery
    • $50,000 for each angioplasty
    • $30,000 for each diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • There are nearly 500,000 coronary artery bypass grafts and 1.3 million angioplasties performed every year
  • Stress is thought to contribute to development of CHD
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04 November 2009

Transcendental Meditation in Youth Rehabilitation

University President Dr. Bevan Morris presents Father Gabriel Mejia his diploma
Father Gabriel Mejia speaks at the 2009 Commencement
Father Gabriel in an upcoming DLF.TV documentary
Father Gabriel Mejia Hosts Conference on the Transcendental Meditation Program in Rehabilitation

Father Gabriel Mejia, a Catholic priest who has founded 52 shelters for homeless children and youthful offenders in Colombia, hosted a conference in early October in Rosario, Argentina, with 1,500 representatives from South America.
The conference focused on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation® program for rehabilitating youth offenders and preventing crime, as evidenced through successful programs offered at Father Gabriel’s shelters.
Father Gabriel, whom Maharishi Mahesh Yogi referred to as the "Saint of Colombia," received an honorary Doctorate of World Peace at the 2009 Maharishi University of Management commencement ceremony.
Raja Luis Alvarez, Raja of Latin America, said, “Father Gabriel offers these troubled youths the opportunity to change their lives from within, so that it becomes unnecessary to control their behaviors on a superficial level.”
Through his Fundacion Hogares Claret, Father Gabriel provides sanctuary for displaced street children, taking in anyone who needs help. Father Gabriel has found that any impetus for rehabilitation must come from the children themselves.
“Love is the most essential medicine for any illness or disorder,” said Father Gabriel. “That’s why we must insist on globalizing love.”
With the help of the David Lynch Foundation, more than 3,600 children have learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique. More than 700 young people have also learned the TM-Sidhi® program, which provides the superradiance number for Colombia to create invincibility for the country.
Father Gabriel’s work has been widely recognized, including an award from the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities and an award from the Queen of Spain for his humanitarian work. He has served as president of the Latin American Federation of Therapeutic Communities.
Watch Father Gabriel's Commencement Speech here: http://vimeo.com/7171968
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Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems

aharishi Light Therapy with Gems (MLG) is a profound and effective new health treatment that combines ancient traditional knowledge of gemstones with modern state-of-the-art technology. Offered as a treatment modality of Maharishi Ayur-Veda* for many years in Europe, the program has already brought health benefits, greater energy, and improved mind-body integration to people all over the world.

How It Works

Light therapy is in widespread use at hospitals and clinics as an accepted treatment for many mood and sleep disorders, including depression and seasonal affective disorder, and for specific skin diseases. But unlike standard light therapy, Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems works at a much more profound level of the mind-body interface.
According to the time-honored wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine, the unique crystalline molecular structure, characteristic color, and emitted light of each precious gemstone produce specific healing effects. When specially tuned light shines through these gems, it further enlivens and enhances those healing influences.

During Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems the gem-specific, fine-tuned light passes through a particular gemstone onto the body. The energy of the light, which carries the healing and balancing effects of the gemstone, is then gently transmitted through the skin to the underlying nerve centers. This process enlivens specific qualities of intelligence at the junction points between consciousness and the physiology, thereby restoring balance and health to the individual. The treatments are non-invasive, deeply relaxing and enjoyable, and can produce blissful, transcendental experiences. (See testimonials below.)


“My experience during Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems was golden, one of deep transcending and a feeling of physical calm, not just mental but physical silence during the treatment. This was followed by a sense of alignment in the mind and body as if my mind was somehow more connected to the body. There seemed to be integration between mind and body on a level I have never felt before, as if an alignment had taken place through my whole nervous system into the deepest levels of mind and emotions. As a result my cravings for sweets, TV, etc and other things have been greatly reduced. There remains a sense of inner stability that has lasted for the last 3 weeks since my treatment. For these benefits I just want to thank you very much for MLG.”—Jim Cahaney, Detroit
“I’ve really enjoyed the after effects of the gem therapy. Feel like I've been revved up to a higher energy level with good general effects and more subtle meditation.”—Tom Karson, Detroit
“This therapy was life-changing for me. I feel it awakened an inner core of healing strength that continues to nourish my whole system.”—Denise Waggoner, Iowa
“After undergoing several treatments, I have enjoyed light and restful sleep, a peaceful mind and body, and have gently become more aware of the bodily systems. I’ve experienced deep silence and a new perception of nature. Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems is truly a unique program.”—Kara Kuzel, Ann Arbor
“With Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems I experience my cells and organs feeling as though they are becoming more and more permeated with light. This light becomes so pervasive that it feels as if I am radiating that light into my environment. After several sessions I began to notice that my physical body no longer has the same concrete parameters. I feel that I am becoming more and more melted into wholeness. Also I notice a real refinement of my perception: an injury caused me to lose my sense of smell, which is now back for the first time in ten years. I am amazed by the effectiveness this program.”—Michael Zapata, Tempe Arizona
* Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems, a new modality of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, was developed over the past 30 years by Prof. Joachim Roller under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program. Working with leading Ayurvedic physicians and scholars of India, Maharishi has restored Ayurveda to its full effectiveness, in complete accord with the classical texts, resulting in Maharishi Ayur-Veda, a modern, scientific approach to health care.
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Teaching Wall Street to transcend woes and meditate

Is Wall Street ready to embrace spirituality?

Its new neighbor thinks so. The Center for Leadership Performance moved into the historic American Bank Note Building, one block from the New York Stock Exchange, to teach the Masters of the Universe the power of transcendental meditation techniques.
“People working under enormous stress don’t want to self-medicate through drugs and alcohol,” said Robert Roth, executive director of the center.
About 100 people attended two seminars there on Friday — a sort of meet-the-neighbors open house.
The center promotes the benefits of meditating for 20 minutes, twice a day, including increased creativity, lessened stress, enhanced ability to focus and reduced blood pressure.
The meditation is also said to help a person achieve their professional potential.
“It’s not just a relaxation technique,” said Roth.
Ray Dalio, who heads Bridgewater Associates, is among the financial firm bigwigs who have embraced transcendental meditation. He spoke about how it increased his employees’ clear thinking.
He believes in it so much he pays half of the costs for his employees, and then pays the other half if they stick with it longer than six months. Training costs begin at $750.
“The proof is in the pudding,” Dalio said of the performance-enhancing techniques.
Attendees at the seminar seemed ready for a spiritual awakening.
“I really want to learn meditation, but I don’t know how,” said DesirĂ© Carroll, a manager at Deloitte who plans to take lessons.
Cory Miller, a trader, came to the seminar after a client recommended it as a stress reliever.
“Everyone doing it, they have a glow and they seem happy,” said Miller, 22.

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The Perfect Match: Transcendental Meditation and Global Love

The search for perfection is often elusive but Father Gabriel Mejia, a Catholic priest from South America, may be on to something. By merging the scientific benefits of the Transcendental Meditation® technique with the magic of global love, Father Mejia has created what seems to be a marriage made in heaven.

Father Mejia’s passion is providing assistance and guidance to the at-risk youth of South America. It is from this passion that he has created 52 shelters for homeless children and youthful offenders in his home country. Father Mejia, who is sometimes referred to as the "Saint of Colombia," says that “Love is the most essential medicine for any illness or disorder and that is why we must insist on globalizing love.”

Another important ingredient in Father Mejia’s recipe for success is the availability of the TM technique at his shelters for displaced street children. In October Father Mejia hosted a conference in Argentina with 1,500 participants to share this message. The theme of the conference was the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program in the rehabilitation of youth offenders and the prevention of crime.

With the help of the David Lynch Foundation, more than 3,600 children have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in South America. An additional 700 young people have also learned the advanced technique of TM, called TM-Sidhi® program.

Father Mejia’s humanitarian work has been widely recognized. He has received an award from the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities and the Queen of Spain. He has also served as president of the Latin American Federation of Therapeutic Communities and received an honorary doctorate from Maharishi University of Management in Iowa.

We wish Father Mejia well in his efforts to engage the youth of South American in the peace of the TM technique while surrounded by global love.

Article by Dr. Keith DeBoer published on his blog adventuresintranscendentalmeditation.blogspot.com
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Transcendental Meditation

About 5 months ago I went to see a lady by the name of Sonia Steed. They had recommended her as the representative of Transcendental Meditation here in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I did a week long program that entailed learning the technique of this type of meditation and the benefits of practicing it on a daily basis.

So here's what it boils down to:

What is the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique?
It is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. It’s the most widely practiced, most researched, and most effective method of self-development.

What happens when you meditate?
The Transcendental Meditation technique allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness — your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.

How many people practice the TM technique?
More than five million people worldwide have learned this simple, natural technique — people of all ages, cultures, and religions.

How much scientific research has been done on the TM technique?
Over 600 research studies have been conducted at more than 200 universities and research centers (including Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford). These studies have been published in more than 100 journals

Where did the TM technique come from?
The Transcendental Meditation technique is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of enlightenment in India. This knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years. About 50 years ago, Maharishi — the representative in our age of the Vedic tradition — introduced Transcendental Meditation to the world, restoring the knowledge and experience of higher states of consciousness at this critical time for humanity. When we teach the Transcendental Meditation technique today, we maintain the same procedures used by teachers thousands of years ago for maximum effectiveness.

8 Reasons to do start:
  • Improves Brain Function
  • Health (it's proven to be THE most effective wellness program)
  • Focus
  • Creativity
  • Equanimity
  • Happiness
  • Relationships
  • Peace

10 FACTS - What it is and what it isn't
  1. Simple: The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, effortless mental process practiced for 15–20 minutes twice a day, sitting quietly and comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed.
  2. Easily learned: The Transcendental Meditation technique can be easily learned by anyone and is enjoyable to practice.
  3. Immediate benefits: The benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique are immediate and increase over time. The technique’s positive effects—for mind, body and relationships—have been verified by hundreds of research studies conducted at top medical schools and published in over 350 peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  4. No belief required: The Transcendental Meditation technique does not involve belief. In fact, you can be thoroughly skeptical and the technique will still be fully effective.
  5. Develops the total brain: Brain research shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique develops the total brain, increasing creativity and intelligence and improving decision-making and problem-solving abilities.
  6. Not a lifestyle: The Transcendental Meditation technique is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle.
  7. Reduces stress and high blood pressure: Medical school research funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique is the most effective mind-body practice for reducing stress and stress-related disorders, including hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke and atherosclerosis.
  8. Unique: The Transcendental Meditation technique is unlike any other form of meditation or self-development—in practice and results. The technique is distinguished by its naturalness, effortlessness and profound effectiveness.
  9. Systematic instruction: The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught by certified teachers through a systematic course of personalized instruction and includes extensive follow-up and support, ensuring that everyone who learns gains maximum benefit.
  10. Nonprofit organization: The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught through a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization. The organization’s goal is to develop the full potential of the individual, minimize the negative impact of stress, and bring unrestricted and fulfilling progress to all areas of society.

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