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Maharishi University of Management professor, Dr Andrew Bargerstock, publishes book on implementing business planning
19 February 2017 - Dr Andrew Bargerstock, director of the Master of Business Administration programme at Maharishi University of Management, has coauthored a new book, Mastering Leadership Alignment: Linking Value Creation with Cash Flow', with business consultant Jahn Ballard, published by Business Expert Press. Addressing the lack of connection between business planning and implementation, the book provides step-by-step procedures on how to involve senior leadership in effectively maintaining the organization's strategic goals while improving the approach to management. The goal of the process is to create an organization-wide consensus about how to be successful and build long-term customer loyalty. (more)

Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Michele Promaulayko on Transcendental Meditation: 'I'm a huge proponent of it'
17 February 2017 - Before becoming editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Michele Promaulayko worked in health journalism, with access to the greatest minds in the field of mental and physical well-being. So it's no surprise that as a spokesperson for an integrated approach to healthy living, she is an avid fan of Transcendental Meditation. With rigorous research backing up the effectiveness of the practice, TM for her is an all-round wellness tool. 'It's just good on a physiological level. Good for your body, good for your brain.' She feels that if TM 'became a universally accepted practice, it would have this incredible domino effect on the world. . . . for me to have gone from a sceptic to a passionate endorse, says a lot about how deeply I believe in it.' (more)

'Meditation and the Brain' - Dr. William Stixrud on how to tame, protect, and nurture the adolescent brain
14 February 2017 - 'Transcendental Meditation can prevent and reduce the kinds of problems that are so absurdly prevalent in young people these days,' neuropsychologist Dr William Stixrud explained at a recent David Lynch Foundation conference, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. With science and humour, Dr Stixrud described the adolescent brain, especially the prefrontal cortex: 'So much of the transition between being a kid and being an adult is [the] unfolding of the prefrontal cortex' - but with today's 'epic' levels of stress in young people, it may not be developing in a healthy way. Dr Stixrud cited scientific evidence that TM reduces stress and helps improve executive functions of this area of the brain. 'When you are less stressed, you can focus better, you can resist distraction better'. And with 'this increased coherence in brain function, you can organize your thinking better because your sense of priorities is better. You can integrate information better, and see with a larger perspective.' (more)

The science behind why practitioners of Transcendental Meditation are biologically younger than their age
12 February 2017 - This excerpt from the revised and expanded edition of Jack Forem's best-selling classic, Transcendental Meditation, describes the science and experience of the anti-ageing effects of TM. These effects have been 'investigated by serious scientific research, and they are real', Mr Forem writes. He cites results from three studies published in The International Journal of Neuroscience, The American Journal of Cardiology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The first study found that 'long-term TM meditators (meditating five years or longer) had biological ages an average of 12 years younger than their chronological age'. (more)

Muriel Nellis on 57 years of passion for publishing: 'Transcendental Meditation made my creative journey joyful'
10 February 2017 - In her long, prolific career in publishing, Muriel Nellis has worked with the White House and NIH, and launched her own top-selling agency, Literary and Creative Artists. 'Like many women today, I have had to fulfil so many roles at once,' she says, about managing the demands of business, family and civic life. 'I finally learned that juggling is much easier if you practise Transcendental Meditation. TM was life-saving to me.' It also 'made my creative journey joyful. . . . What I really gain, every time I meditate, is a whole new sense of myself. When I stepped out of a meeting to meditate, and came back newly alert and focused, I knew that I'd just gotten in touch with a source of energy and coherent strength always within me. It's a profound tool that every woman owns and it's all inside. It's uniquely yours.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management to host international conference in April: 'Maharishi Ayur-Veda - Ayurveda and Psychology'
9 February 2017 - Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA will be the venue for the 21st International Conference - 'Maharishi Ayur-Veda / Ayurveda and Psychology' - to be held 28-30 April. The conference is organized by Global Ayurveda Conferences and is supported by MUM, the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), and International University of Yoga and Ayurveda (IUYA). Plenary speakers are Robert Keith Wallace, PhD, Founding President of MUM and pioneering researcher on Transcendental Meditation; Robert Schneider, MD, Dean, Maharishi College of Perfect Health at MUM, a leading authority on science-based, mind-body and integrative medicine; and Dr Vasant Lad, founder and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. The conference is open to a wide range of participants including Ayurvedic practitioners, integrative medical doctors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, yoga teachers, aromatherapists, researchers, scientists, educators and the general public. (more)

Jennifer Lopez on Transcendental Meditation: '20 minutes a day in the morning and at night - it was necessary'
6 February 2017 - American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author, and producer Jennifer Lopez learned Transcendental Meditation 'because it's overwhelming sometimes, doing all of the things I do at once. . . . 20 minutes a day in the morning and at night. It was necessary.' She felt the need for something to keep her grounded, and TM is an important part of 'a whole rounded regimen that deals with your mind, your soul, your spirit and your body. It's working out, it's dancing, it's meditating. And then, at the end of the day, just being happy, being with my kids and feeling the love and the joy that they give me. All of that helps balance it out, so work doesn't feel so crazy.' (more)

'Results inside correctional facilities with Transcendental Meditation have been simply astounding'
4 February 2017 - In an editorial published this week accompanying two studies on Transcendental Meditation with male and female prison inmates, Dr. Charles Elder, a clinician and researcher with Kaiser Permanente, called for wider use of evidence-based mind-body interventions for prisoners. 'Mind-body interventions can provide the patient with a simple self-help tool that can effectively reduce anxiety, help treat substance abuse, reduce inmate recidivism, and help address a range of medical conditions,' Dr Elder wrote, citing research on Transcendental Meditation that supports these benefits. Rebecca Pak of The Women's Prison Association agrees: 'The results inside correctional facilities . . . with Transcendental Meditation have been simply astounding. If we shifted our focus from punitive responses to interventions designed to improve mental and physical health, we would have much greater impact.' The article reviews research results on Transcendental Meditation in prisons over the last four decades. (more)

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