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New study: Group practice of Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi program reduces crime
26 April 2016 - A new study has found that a large group of people who practice Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programs together daily in Fairfield, Iowa reduced rates of homicides by a total of 21.2 per cent over the four-year period when attendance was at its peak, and reduced the rate of violent crime by a total of 18.5 per cent over the same period. The journals SAGE Open and Science Newsline, published the study 'Societal Violence and Collective Consciousness' coauthored by Dr Michael Dillbeck and Dr Kenneth Cavanaugh. The authors examined the period from 2007 to 2010 in Fairfield, Iowa when participation in a 'peace creating' group was highest. They found that a rising trend of U.S. homicide during the baseline period 2002 to 2006 was reversed during the 2007 to 2010 intervention period. In the case of violent crime, the study found a highly significant shift from a flat trend in 2002-2006 to a declining trend in 2007 to 2010. (more)

Profile: Chelsea McCooey, teacher of Transcendental Meditation from Vancouver, Canada
20 April 2016 - Vancouver Real television sat down with Chelsea McCooey, the director of the recently opened Transcendental Meditation centre in Vancouver, Canada. Chelsea was literally born into TM as both her parents were TM meditators, but she had to find her own way in life, which eventually led to valuing the practice of TM. Chelsea rephrases Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who said that if we don't water the root of our existence, we cannot enjoy its fruit. 'So that's why we go within, settle, meditate,' she says, 'to then go out and enjoy life even more.' She relates her journey into TM and life as the centre director, and outlines some advanced programmes in Maharishi technologies available at the centre. (more)

Awakening spiritual life
19 April 2016 - Cynthia E. Johnson writes about discussions with her father, the Reverend Roger William Johnson. Together they would consider experiences of deep, inner silence expressed by the first African American chaplain at Boston University, Howard Thurman. Thurman was intrigued with the intimate interconnectedness of all living beings -- that all are interrelated through experience of the common source of life. Cynthia says she and her father, '. . . agreed with Thurman that the mind settling into inner stillness cultivates a sense of wholeness, culminating in a sense of loving unity with all living things.' She asserts, 'Central to spiritual development is the experience of diving deep within on a regular basis, day after day. I have found that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique affords me this experience.' (more)

Alumni of Maharishi University of Management receive Cambodia's highest civilian honor
18 April 2016 - Maharishi University of Management PhD graduates Lee Fergusson and Anna Bonshek were recently awarded Cambodia's highest civilian honor by royal decree of the King of Cambodia in the King's 2016 honors list, based on the recommendation of the president of the National Assembly of Cambodia. Called the ''Royal order of Sahametrei,'' the honor recognizes their distinguished services to the King and people of Cambodia in establishing Maharishi Vedic University in the 1990s with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport of the Royal government of Cambodia. The government will be sending a delegate to present the award and medal during the first Regional Conference on Maharishi Vedic Science to be held in Australia at the end of this month. (more)

Public Broadcasting Service: How Transcendental Meditation changed my life
17 April 2016 - Chuck Otto describes beginning the practise of Transcendental Meditation, 'Not as a religious practice, because TM is a tool, not an ideology. Rather, it offered me a way to take myself offline for a few minutes each day to recharge, refresh and just exist in the present moment. He stated, 'Opening the door to TM coincided with my renewed interest in spiritual matters.' His thoughtful article in the US Midwest's local website for the Public Broadcasting Service discusses spirituality, religion, and the 'inner stillness' of TM. (more)

A simple proven way to end ALL terrorism
15 April 2016 - Invincible Defense Technology, writes Dr David Leffler, is an approach that if properly applied, can prevent terrorism and conflict. Dr Leffler was a member of the US Air Force for nine years and has a PhD in Consciousness-Based Military Defense. He describes the IDT warrior's daily routine as any group, including any armed forces group, whichs adds the non-religious practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced TM-Sidhi program to their day. Military personnel, functioning as a societal peace-creating military unit, practice these techniques together in a group twice a day, seven days a week, preferably near the conflict area in a secure location. The technology has been validated by 23 peer-reviewed studies carried out in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Independent scientists and scholars endorse it, based on its track record and the 25 years of ongoing research confirming its effectiveness to create peace in society. Dr Leffler's article appeared in The Oslo Times and WorldNews (WN) Network. (more)

What are Chicago's Loyola Medical School students doing to beat stress?
14 April 2016 - Medical students at Loyola University Chicago, Illinois, have incorporated the Transcendental Meditation technique in their training to reduce stress. The program, directed by Carla Brown, EdD, has had widespread success with students reporting that the technique is beneficially life-altering -- with reduced stress, elimination of migraine headaches, and overall positive experiences from practicing the TM technique. Medical student Dani Terrell says: ''[TM has] changed the kind of person that I am inside and out. Part of that is because it really lets you maximize your full potential -- the kind that everyone knows that they have inside but gets impeded upon by all these tiny obstacles and stresses that come up every day.' The article is currently being featured on the Excellence In Action page of Global Good News. (more)

Your brain waves on Transcendental Meditation
14 April 2016 - Neuroscientist Cailey Bromer began the practise of Transcendental Mediation at the very end of her first year as a graduate student. She said, 'I need to know what's happening in my brain when I meditate and how it 'works'.' Pointing out that TM is classed as automatic self-transcending, 'Its effectiveness,' she said, 'is the same whether you believe it will work or are completely skeptical.' Cailey reported that brain waves during TM show alpha waves in coherent patterns, and that theta waves persist during the relaxed wakefulness of TM, showing a heightened sense-of-self, which have been suggested as occurring during moments of insight. 'For me,' Cailey said, 'TM has been transformative and invaluable, less for the moments of peaceful relaxation (wonderful in their own right), than for the ever-growing awareness of my own needs and limitations, which informs how I respond to various situations in a deeper sense.' She added, 'Learning TM is one of the most worthwhile things I ever did for myself.' (more)

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