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Africa: Radio series features victims and experts speaking on PTSD: Then and now
26 February 2015 - A special 10-part radio series, Getting and Giving PTSD Relief Now!, is in progress from 16 February to 6 March, featuring Congolese refugees, US war veterans, South African students, counselors, psychologists, scientists -- all speaking on the debilitating effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how lives improve with Transcendental Meditation. Broadcasts are at 8 am and 8 pm (US ET) Monday through Friday until 6 March, on Dreamvision 7 radio. (more)

Germany, China show interest in Maharishi University of Management health findings
25 February 2015 - Both the German and European hypertension and heart associations are now evaluating research on the Transcendental Meditation technique as a treatment for high blood pressure and prevention of heart disease, thanks to recent visits by Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health. Dr. Schneider presented 30 years of clinical research on Transcendental Meditation at the national meeting of the German hypertension association, and also met with leaders of the national and continental heart associations. In Hong Kong, Dr Schneider met with the deans and directors of traditional Chinese medicine and integrative medicine at two universities. (more)

Inmates can find freedom behind bars
24 February 2015 - Since 2009, 225 inmates of Oregon State Correctional Institution in the USA have learned Transcendental Meditation, and staff say the programme has produced significant changes in their mood and behaviour. One participant, Sisi Faupau, found that meditating helped him 'connect with the good in himself'. Practising TM regularly after his release from OSCI, Sisi says he has put prison life behind him. Dr Michael Puerini, the institution's medical director, says, 'I think that TM can really help people broaden their focus. There's something about TM that brings out compassion. I don't know how it works, but it does. And a compassionate person is a healthier person.' (more)

Off-the-grid 'smart house' featured in video tour
22 February 2015 - Since Bill and Stacey Hurlin moved into their small Maharishi Vastu home in Fairfield, Iowa, USA six years ago, the effect has been 'profoundly life-changing'. 'From the day I moved into this house my sleep has been better--my restfulness has been deeper,' Stacey says, describing a tangible feeling of being protected. 'Maharishi's Vastu tradition of architecture goes so much deeper into the health and well being of not only the individual but the environment,' she says. Their home is located in Abundance EcoVillage, which features natural, sustainable systems of utilizing wind, rain, and sun. (more)

Actress Laura Dern: 'Transcendental Meditation is very practical!'
21 February 2015 - Celebrated Actress Laura Dern, winner of four Golden Globe Awards, recently described the role the Transcendental Meditation technique has played in her success. 'I feel incredibly blessed to have it in my life, just as a practical application. . . . If you're an actor, a painter, or a mother--there's no greater daily practice for learning how to turn your focus just to this moment. TM serves me beautifully in so many areas. I feel really lucky to have it!' (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps students cope with adult-sized stress
20 February 2015 - William R Stixrud, PhD, a leading clinical neuropsychologist in Washington, DC, works with children, adolescents and adults with learning, attention, social and emotional disorders. Dr Stixrud describes beneficial effects found in young people who practise Transcendental Meditation--especially reduction of stress caused by factors including sleep deprivation, academic pressure, and technology-overload on the developing brain. 'Forty years of research on TM has found that regular practice has the same benefits for teens and college students that it does for adults. Meditating young people sleep better, for example, and they focus better, are less anxious, feel happier, and tolerate stressful situations better.' (more)

International Conference to Re-Establish Vedic India: 20-22 February, New Delhi
19 February 2015 - Under the joint auspices of the Foundation for Vedic India and Maharishi Veda Vyas Pratishthan, a historic first International Conference to Re-Establish Vedic India is being held in New Delhi from 20 to 22 February. The purpose of the conference is to re-enliven interest in Veda on the basis of the scientific reality that the application of Veda can benefit every area of human life and endeavour. The conference is gathering some of the most distinguished intellectuals, scientists, and scholars from India and around the world on one platform to present the Vedas in a scientific light and truly make India a great lighthouse of peace for the world. (more)

A new paradigm for health care
18 February 2015 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, is an internationally renowned physician-scientist-educator in the field of integrative medicine. Over the past 30 years, Dr Schneider and colleagues have conducted groundbreaking research on effects of mind-body medicine programmes including the Transcendental Meditation technique on cardiovascular health, stress, and ageing. In this 20 minute video from the ConsciousnessTalks series, Dr Schneider discusses research on TM as a natural method to reduce stress and improve heart health, including findings by the American Heart Association that it is 'the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure'. (more)

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