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US: Crow Code Talkers posthumously honored with Congressional Gold Medals (+ KULR-8 video)
28 June 2015 - The families of four Native American code talkers accepted Congressional Gold Medals for their ancestors' service Friday afternoon in Crow Agency. Code talkers were tribal members who spoke their native tongue during the WWII to keep the enemy from intercepting messages. The daughter of one of the code talkers said especially for generations to come, keeping Native American languages alive is very important to the Crow people. (more)

Canada: Manitoba Premier apologizes to indigenous families
27 June 2015 - The Manitoba government has officially apologized to indigenous families caught in what is known as the Sixties Scoop -- the first such apology by a province for Canada's former practice of forced adoption and relocation of aboriginal children. (more)

Crow Code Talkers honored in emotional ceremony (+ KTVQ video)
27 June 2015 - Code Talkers proved to be instrumental in the victory of World War II. While many are aware of the famous Native American Navajo code talkers, the Crow Indian Nation were very much part of the effort. In a special ceremony on Friday, Congressional Gold Medals were posthumously awarded to four Crow Code Talkers. Friday's ceremony proved moving. (more)

China opens new land route for Indian pilgrims to Mount Kailash in Tibet
22 June 2015 - China inaugurated a new land crossing into Tibet on Monday for Indian pilgrims who wish to visit one of the holiest sites in both Hinduism and Buddhism, state media said, as the two countries seek to set aside differences and improve ties. The first group of pilgrims entered Tibet via a Himalayan pass in mid-morning for the 12-day trip to Mount Kailash, which will also take in a holy lake, the official Xinhua news agency reported. (more)

In pictures: Yoga Day around the world
21 June 2015 - Thousands of people around the world are participating in the first International Day of Yoga. The following is a Reuters slideshow of some events so far. (more)

India yoga: Prime Minister Modi leads thousands in celebration (+ BBC video)
21 June 2015 - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led thousands in a mass yoga programme in the capital, Delhi, on the first ever International Yoga Day. Mr Modi did stretches, bends, and breathing exercises with 35,000 school children, bureaucrats, and soldiers. Millions of others are expected to do yoga at similar events planned in hundreds of Indian cities and towns. (more)

International Yoga Day arrives, in India and beyond
21 June 2015 - It was a rare sight -- after a brief speech to inaugurate International Yoga Day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi descended from a huge stage in front of the Presidential Palace and took off his glasses and his shoes. He quietly took his place before a sea of schoolchildren and others, mats neatly arranged in a checkerboard as far as the eye could see, to begin what was billed as the largest yoga [asana] demonstration in a single venue in history. (more)

Millions across India, world take part in Yoga Day exercises
21 June 2015 - Millions of yoga enthusiasts across India and much of the world on Sunday marked the first International Yoga Day. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had lobbied the U.N. to declare June 21 as the global Yoga Day, spread his mat among rows of people, including his Cabinet members and foreign diplomats, at New Delhi's main thoroughfare that has been transformed into one sprawling exercise ground. In Taipei, more than 2,000 participants rolled out mats and performed 108 rounds of the 'sun salutation' -- the sequence of yoga poses. Similar events were held in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and other places. (more)

Yoga and aboriginal celebrations mix in Vancouver, Canada
21 June 2015 - Sunday was both International Yoga Day and National Aboriginal Day, and multiple events in Vancouver aimed to bring the two together. 'Today is a global event in which many, many members of the human family everywhere are expressing their love and prayer and meditation and good feelings about unity,' said Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. of the U.S.-based Chickasaw Nation, who was an invited guest at the Plaza of Nations event. (more)

AP Photos: Celebrating yoga across India
19 June 2015 - Yoga has a long history in India, reaching back for thousands of years. Ancient temples show long-dead royalty in yoga [asana] poses. Tales of yogis who can rise into the air, or go long stretches without breathing, or cure terminal illnesses, are still told here. There are no reliable estimates of how many people regularly practice yoga [asanas] in India, though the number is certainly in the millions. Especially in the mornings, parks across the country can fill with clusters of practitioners and teachers, or with people going through poses on their own. (more)


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Jon Hopkins: 'TM takes you right down into a really pure form of consciousness'
16 June 2015 - Producer and musician Jon Hopkins, one of the most critically acclaimed and sought-after performers of alternative music, has been practising Transcendental Meditation for about six months. 'It's like going down in an elevator,' he says. 'It takes you right down into a really pure form of consciousness.' He also describes the good effects of his '20 minutes twice a day' TM practice in daily life: 'It literally makes everything easier. It makes the colours you see more vivid. . . . it's like there's this extra layer of intensity to things. It's almost being a kid again.' (more)

Hugh Jackman: Transcendental Meditation a 'life-changer'
9 June 2015 - Since learning Transcendental Meditation in 2012, award-winning actor Hugh Jackman has come to rely on the reduced stress and improved clarity and focus he gains from the practice. 'Nothing has ever opened my eyes like Transcendental Meditation has,' he said during an interview conducted by Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation. 'It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what's a pretty chaotic life!' Mr Jackman was a recent guest on Bob Roth's monthly SiriusXM radio show, Success without Stress. (more)

Interview with author Ann Purcell: The Transcendental Meditation technique and the Journey of Enlightenment
28 May 2015 - Ann Purcell discusses 'that aspect within every woman that reflects the qualities that are nurturing, loving, understanding, compassionate, insightful, intuitive, creative, forgiving, healing, steady, patient and wise. Men also possess this quality because it is a fundamental constituent of natural law itself. But women more readily express it in their natural tendency as the mothers of the world to nourish one and all.' A chapter in the new edition of her book, The Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Journey of Enlightenment, explores this topic and how TM not only reduces stress, but helps one become 'very resilient, firmly established within, where nothing from the outside can shake our inner stability and inner joy and inner well of creativity'. (more)

The Huffington Post editors learn to counter work stress with Transcendental Meditation
26 May 2015 - Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, recently published the following on her Facebook page: 'So grateful to Bob Roth, the Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, for coming to The Huffington Post to teach Transcendental Meditation to our editors in our new meditation room. Love his metaphor of our minds being like the ocean's surface - full of big waves - but all of us have places of stillness and tranquility - an ocean floor - that we can tap into with meditation.' She also talks about her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. (more)

Knowledge of ourselves through Transcendental Meditation
24 May 2015 - 'Though it is possible to transcend through any sense - through looking - this is usually a lucky happening and offers us only a fleeting glimpse of the truth,' says award-winning writer Sasha Kamini Parmasad. 'It is wonderful, therefore, that we have Transcendental Meditation - a reliable, systematic, effortless mental technique that gives us the daily opportunity to slip beyond our relative experience and unfold our divine nature.' She concludes that, 'as this pure consciousness, stillness, permeates our looking we begin to glimpse or sense in others, in objects of the world, something ineffable - beautiful, radiating, colorless, without taste, smell, or sound. . . . We slip beyond all our worldly experiences, knowledge of ourselves, and experience ourselves purely, incandescently, luminously.' (more)

Discovering our greatness: Part I - Enjoying our truest selves
21 May 2015 - 'We respect qualities in great persons that we ourselves value, that we ourselves hold and uphold. When we see people express great courage, compassion, creativity, generosity, or other qualities we esteem, it resonates; we feel something noble enlivened within. The seed of that quality of greatness is already within us,' writes Cynthia E. Johnson in a new essay exploring the 'superb human characteristics' exemplified in great people, and also how we can unfold our own greatness. 'This quality of being true to our deepest self, our truest, best self, is something that unfolds as we practise Transcendental Meditation,' she says. 'A sense of lightness, grace, even playfulness unfolds when we are rested, when anxiety dissolves--whether we are engaged in doing what we love, or what duty necessitates. As we grow in inner fullness, it overflows to others.' (more)

See what happens when designer Lindsey Adelman and her staff stop working each day
15 May 2015 - Lindsey Adelman Studio is an innovative and top-tier design studio that has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Vogue, City Lights, New York Times and more. Why do the designers, artists, managers, and staff take time to dive within every day with the practice of Transcendental Meditation? Founder and creative director Lindsey Adelman explains, 'Obstacles aren't really even a topic anymore. People are so about how many different ways can we find to getting to the solution. . . . They feel happier and it allows people to be themselves. TM is super helpful with being a business owner and a creative person. It's the secret door to actually enjoying life.' (more)

The Solitude of Self: Experience inner silence with Transcendental Meditation
15 May 2015 - 'While most modern women have a sense of what the ''solitude of self'' means, and have had some experience of reaching deep into their inner silence to make an important decision or to stay calm in a crisis, we all need help accessing it on a daily basis. But how?' asks health writer Linda Egenes. 'We need it now more than ever. It's the desire to access the solitude of self that is causing thousands of women today to turn to the Transcendental Meditation technique, to find that oasis of silence and self-sufficient happiness within themselves every day.' (more)

Writing with and within an awareness of silence
3 May 2015 - 'The Transcendental Meditation technique takes us from concrete thoughts on the surface of the mind to finer and finer values of thought deep within ourselves. It allows us to transcend the sphere of thought altogether and arrive at the source of thought--that field of pure potential, pure silence,' writes educator, artist, and award-winning writer Sasha Kamini Parmasad, in an essay exploring the value of this silence within, in the creative process of writing. 'The more we experience this beautiful silence in meditation, the more it flows into all our activities in the world, supporting our creativity in every way--as writers, mothers, cooks, business executives, doctors, teachers, lawyers. This silence is always there for us, no matter what our path through life.' (more)

David Lynch Foundation receives prestigious TriBeCa award
29 April 2015 - The David Lynch Foundation and filmmaker David Lynch were honoured with the 'TriBeCa Disruptive Innovation Award' during their sixth annual award ceremony on 24 April in New York City. The award recognized 'those whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact'. The DLF was recognized for its innovative approach to disrupting the dangerous cycle of toxic stress, sickness, substance abuse, and violent behaviour among at-risk populations through widespread introduction of the Transcendental Meditation technique. (more)


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US: Heroin overdose deaths quadrupled from 2000 to 2013
11 June 2015 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in March that heroin overdose deaths in the United States quadrupled from 2000 to 2013, with most of the increase coming after 2010. Officials in Marion, Ohio hope they've seen the worst of the latest heroin skirmish. On Wednesday, 60 law enforcement officers raided three addresses in Marion, arrested four people and seized more than two pounds of the blue heroin that has plagued the city. But they know there will be more, and that the heroin crisis probably hasn't peaked yet, here or anywhere else. (more)

No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey
28 May 2015 - When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad -- they were going to a place of no return. Only two of the approximately 600 Western girls and young women who have joined extremists in Syria are known to have made it out of the war zone. By comparison, as many as 30 percent of the male foreign fighters have left or are on their way out. In interviews, court documents, and public records, The Associated Press has compiled a detailed picture of European girls and young women who join extremists such as the Islamic State group -- a decision that is far more final than most may realize. (more)

Islamic State claims Yemen mosque attack: Islamic State Twitter statement
22 May 2015 - A bomb exploded at a Shi'ite Houthi mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, wounding 13 people, a security source said, and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter. The bombing came against a backdrop of civil war in the country. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have seized large swathes of territory, including Sanaa, prompting formation of a Saudi-backed Arab coalition that is using air power to try to halt their advances. Sunni Islamist militants have been seeking to extend their influence amid the chaos. (more)

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack
22 May 2015 - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. It was one of the deadliest assaults in recent years in the largest Gulf Arab country, where sectarian tensions have been frayed by nearly two months of Saudi-led air strikes on Shi'ite Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen. (more)

Boko Haram retakes Nigerian town of Marte in Borno state
16 May 2015 - Boko Haram militants retook the Nigerian town of Marte in Borno state, which had been liberated in February, the state deputy governor said. The recapture of the town followed two strikes this week on state capital Maiduguri, which left at least 12 people dead. (more)

AP News Guide: Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya
14 May 2015 - Thousands of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing persecution at home, and now their refugee boats are being turned away by neighboring countries, leaving them stranded at sea. Others had been locked up in jungle camps in Thailand. An untold number have died of starvation, sickness, and abuse. Here's a brief look at their plight and history: (more)

Alcohol use in movies tied to teen drinking
16 April 2015 - In a study of 15-year-olds in the UK, those who had been most exposed to alcohol use in films were also most likely to have tried alcohol, and about twice as likely as the least exposed to have been binge drinking. The results are in line with research from the USA, Europe, and elsewhere that links youth 'viewing of depictions of alcohol use in movies and the onset of drinking, regular drinking, binge-drinking, and alcohol-related problems,' said lead author Andrea Waylen of the School of Oral and Dental Sciences in Bristol, England. (more)

A year after kidnap of schoolgirls in Nigeria, hope dwindles (+ AP video)
14 April 2015 - They have been gone a year now, the hundreds of girls abducted by Islamic militants from their school in northeastern Nigeria. The new President Tuesday would not repeat his predecessor's failed promise to find them -- only that they won't be forgotten. Several of the girls' parents have died -- some killed in Boko Haram attacks, some of illnesses like high blood pressure that residents blame on the trauma related to their lost daughters. At least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since 2014, forced to become sex slaves and fighters, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Unknown hundreds of boys and young men also have been kidnapped and forced to fight for Boko Haram. Those who refuse are killed. (more)

It's official: many women become invisible after 49
13 April 2015 - In a world of data-driven policies, there is one group in society that barely registers and is at risk of missing out on crucial resources and services, according to researchers -- older women. Much international data, including metrics on health, employment, assets, and domestic violence, appears to back up the anecdotal view that women become invisible in middle age. The data sets start at the age of 15 and stop abruptly at 49. (more)

US: Impoverished tribe struggles to stop surge in teen suicides
13 April 2015 - The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation -- a sprawling expanse of badlands on the South Dakota-Nebraska border -- are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by teenagers in recent months has shaken this impoverished community to its core and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission to stop the deaths. 'The situation has turned into an epidemic,' said Thomas Poor Bear, vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Suicide has been a persistent problem, a fact that is hardly surprising considering the grim prospects for a better life on the remote grasslands, say tribal officials. But the teenagers' deaths are especially shattering. (more)

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