Maharishi Vastu Architecture: Celebrating the stages of building
26 April 2017 - The current Maharishi Vastu Architecture newsletter explains that the familiar ribbon-cutting ceremonies, ground-breaking by officials, and house-warming parties to mark significant steps in the building process are reflections of the traditions of many ancient cultures. In the construction of a Maharishi Vastu building, three significant points - ground-breaking, laying the foundation stone, and inaugurating the new home - are celebrated, as in a new Vastu home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This 'stunning' home also showcases principles of Maharishi Vastu design, including 'abundance of natural materials, natural light and airflow, and a refinement of decorative elements that result in a coherent, exquisitely beautiful wholeness while remaining comfortable.' Since moving in, the owner says, 'I sleep better. I feel more at home. . . . I am more creative and fulfilled being there.' (more)
Second International Ayurveda Congress held in London, 1-3 April
24 April 2017 - The Second International Ayurveda Congress, held in London 1-3 April, was organized by the All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi, the International Academy of Ayurved, Pune and the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands. At the Congress, 300 delegates from 55 countries, including research scientists, doctors, and pharmacologists with expertise in Western and Ayurvedic medicine, discussed scientific evidence on preventing disease, promoting longevity and alleviating specific conditions with Ayurveda. The title of the Congress was: ''Ayurveda - The Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-oriented Health Care''. (more)
Scarlett Johansson supports teaching Transcendental Meditation to veterans of war
22 April 2017 - In a video published by the non-profit Operation Warrior Shield, actress Scarlett Johansson highlights the importance of treating veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She also encourages support for the activities of the organization which helps veterans find jobs and housing and heals their invisible wounds of war by teaching them Transcendental Meditation. Johansson relates how her grand-uncle flew missions in WWII in the Pacific with fellow B-52 pilot Jerry Yellin, but did not survive the war. After the war, 'the emotionally difficult circumstances of war deeply affected Jerry,' she says. 'He suffered silently, living with hidden wounds in his mind and soul - until he discovered Transcendental Meditation,' which she describes as 'a powerful force and it allowed Jerry to find peace again'. (more)
Friends and daughters: 'The ever-renewed emotional endurance and compassion that we gain during Transcendental Meditation'
20 April 2017 - Since they were teenagers, Janet Hoffman has shared an 'almost-familial' bond with her long-time friend, also named Janet. Early on, both learned Transcendental Meditation were trained as TM teachers. Now both are caregivers for aged parents. In addition to many benefits of TM in their own lives, the two Janets have appreciated the 'slowing of the ageing process, extra energy, renewed focus and vitality' their parents experienced after learning TM years ago, and the deep rest they continue to enjoy through regular practice. Ms Hoffman, executive director of the TM programme for women professionals in the US, also mentions 'the ever-renewed emotional endurance and compassion that we gain during Transcendental Meditation' - which helps 'carry us gracefully through life's challenges'. (more)
Profile: Transcendental Meditation, the 'missing piece of the recovery puzzle'
18 April 2017 - Having overcome alcohol addiction through the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12 step programme, an engineer in Glasgow, Scotland, found Transcendental Meditation to be the missing element in his recovery - allowing him to finally feel rested, and alleviating the high anxiety churning in his 'racing brain'. 'I would be anxious and fearful about something or someone or some event and I would do my TM practice and come out from it rested and full of energy,' he says. 'My ''great fears'' would have evaporated to the point where I had forgotten about what was giving me so much grief in the first place.' With TM, 'the energy of that anxious catastrophic ''racing brain'' is now channelled into creativity both in my personal and professional life.' (more)
Transcendental Meditation: 'Awesome, happy, necessary'
16 April 2017 - A high-level advertising professional in New York City, Marcia Lorente describes her experience with Transcendental Meditation in three words: 'Awesome, happy, necessary.' She adds, 'I love that TM is so easy, it's practically impossible to get it wrong, the results are immediate and increase with time.' Marcia is also an artist who recently began painting again after 10 years. 'The way I paint is fast and with big brushstrokes, it requires simultaneous control and lack of control, the accident, as Pollock would call it,' she says. 'I now realize it comes from the same place that I go to when I meditate, so I can go there more easily and I'm painting a lot more.' (more)
Tom Hanks on why he took up Transcendental Meditation
11 April 2017 - When one of America's favorite film stars, Tom Hanks, mentioned to Jerry Seinfeld about plans to take a year off: 'I have to tell you I'm fatigued. I'm spent, I'm tired. I need to be quiet for a while. I need to rest' -- Seinfeld replied, 'So you're tired? Well why don't you do Transcendental Meditation?' Seinfeld has described how, powered by the TM technique, he starred in, produced and wrote the iconic Seinfeld sitcom for nine years without losing his spark. Recounting the story on a recent podcast, Hanks quipped, 'Now I have answers to that question: ''What else do you do in your spare time?'' Now I can say, ''Actually, I took up that classic version of Transcendental Meditation.'' ' (more)
Followup study suggests group Transcendental Meditation practice reduced murder rates in large US cities
9 April 2017 - Following up on a 2016 study on group meditation that found a 21.2% reduction in the US national homicide rate during the period 2007-2010 - a new study focusing on 206 large US urban areas found an even greater decrease of 28.4% in the murder rate in the same period, compared to the baseline period 2002-2006. The study, published in the Journal of Health and Environmental Research, is the fourth in a series evaluating the impact of large groups practising an advanced Transcendental Meditation programme on US quality of life and public health. During 2007-2010, the size of the group located at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, was above or near 1,725 participants, the square root of 1% of the US population at that time - the threshold predicted to create a positive effect in society, leading to reduced societal stress, reflected in reduced rates of murder and violence. (more)
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