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Listening to others, listening to ourselves
28 May 2017 - Recalling the 'respectful listening' accorded to her as a teen by a friend's mother, writer Cynthia Johnson says, 'her listening to me helped me to find, and listen to, my own inner wisdom, my own guidance system, . . . and this helped me to make wiser decisions down the road.' She continues, 'One of the things that I value so much from the Transcendental Meditation practice is that it allows me to go beyond the noisy surface of awareness and settle into inner quietness, where awareness is clearer. Within our settled state of awareness, we sense or feel wisdom.' This is the 'fine feeling level' described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the TM programme. 'Listening to others is grounded in the ability to listen to ourselves,' Ms Johnson writes. 'And this ability is grounded in silence, calmness and inner peace, where we touch and feel gentle sources of wisdom and of creative springs. From this experience comes quiet confidence and true strength.' (more)

India: Widespread press coverage of Second International Ayurveda Congress in London
27 May 2017 - The recent Second International Ayurveda Congress, held last month in London, received widespread press coverage in India. Press Trust of India reported in the Financial Express: 'Researchers from across the world have vowed to work with India to promote Ayurveda globally, saying the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine can help address major health problems.' The Congress was also featured in many British publications for the Asian and South Asian community. The International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands, was one of the organizers of the Congress, whose theme was 'Ayurveda - the Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-Oriented Health Care.' (more)

David Lynch, the film director who harnesses the transformative power of Transcendental Meditation
26 May 2017 - 'True happiness is not out there. True happiness lies within' - before he learned Transcendental Meditation, renowned filmmaker David Lynch had heard these words but didn't know 'how to get there'. Learning TM in 1973, he says, 'Down within I went. It was so beautiful, so profoundly beautiful. I said, ''Where has this experience been?'' ' Lynch has more to say about the bliss of transcending: 'It's a field that is so beautiful, so powerful, it's eternal, it's immortal, it's immutable, it's infinite, it's unbounded.' As one who works in the intensely competitive Hollywood film industry, he explores how the TM technique reduces stress, and how it enriches the creative process: 'There are billions of ideas and you find the ones you love. We start transcending, that conduit widens out, and you start enjoying things and love the doing. . . . You look around and everything looks better. People don't look like enemies, they look like friends. Things that used to stress you, don't stress you so much.' (more)

'Is Transcendental Meditation for everyone?' - Dr Norman Rosenthal reflects on his book, Super Mind
25 May 2017 - Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., noted psychiatrist and author of the bestselling Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation, describes the 'mind boggling' spectrum of people enjoying the benefits of TM: from celebrities and business leaders, to veterans suffering from PTSD and the homeless. In a recent essay marking the book's publication in paperback, he writes, 'Highly successful people may be just as stressed in their own way as those who struggle with the ordinary problems of daily life. It turns out that TM is an extremely effective method for decreasing stress, as evidenced by numerous studies showing that it is associated with reduced blood pressure and anxiety.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management student thrives on environmental activism and social change
23 May 2017 - Sara Kille was working as a preschool teacher in California when she discovered actor Jim Carrey's Maharishi University of Management (MUM) commencement speech on Facebook. Sara was planning to study environmentalism and sustainability, and Carrey's speech deeply resonated with her. She became curious about MUM, and enrolled as a sustainable living major in 2015. Sara's passion lies in environmental activism and social change, and she managed to tailor her education to match her needs. In addition to taking classes in global sustainability, creating social change, and climate science and solutions, she completed a six-week internship with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation helped me cope with my PTSD
21 May 2017 - Geri Hirsch found relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through Transcendental Meditation when she could not seem to recover from 'the most stressful, traumatic, unstable state of my life' following her young husband's heart attack. 'I had PTSD, and I needed help.' After one of her husband's friends gave him the course to learn TM as a get-well gift, she said, 'he was meditating daily, and I could feel his calmness.' After learning TM herself she said, 'Besides helping with my PTSD, I feel a general sense of calm thanks to my practice. It's also left me extremely energized, which was an added bonus I wasn't necessarily aware of. I absolutely love it and highly recommend trying it if you don't already.' (more)

New study: Group meditation practice helps reverse drug-related death rate in US
20 May 2017 - In recent years, drug-related deaths have become a national public health crisis in the US, fueled by a surge in rates of unintentional drug overdoses from prescription painkillers and anxiety drugs. These fatalities surpassed motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009 and reached 47,000 a year nationwide as of 2015. Now Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy research scientists Michael Dillbeck, PhD, and Kenneth Cavanaugh, PhD, have proposed a solution that may slow or reverse this alarming trend. In new research published in the social science journal Sage Open, they report that during the years 2007-2010, when the size of a large US group practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme reached a threshold predicted to affect national trends, the rate of drug-related deaths dropped by 30.4% relative to the baseline average 2002-2006. (more)

South Africa: 58 Maharishi Institute students to graduate with MUM degrees
19 May 2017 - Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, recently held graduation ceremonies for 58 students earning bachelor's degrees in business from Maharishi University of Management in the USA - bringing the total number of MUM degrees awarded to MI students to 235. Students at MI enrol in MUM courses during their third and fourth years of undergraduate work, receiving live lectures from MUM faculty via the Internet. 'We are deeply grateful to the wonderful and dedicated faculty of MUM,' said Taddy Blecher, CEO of Maharishi Institute. 'They have given our students knowledge for a lifetime of success, through the profound system of Consciousness-Based Education.' (more)

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