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Canada: Find a deeper state of happiness through meditation, not medication - TM and recovery from addiction
24 July 2017 - These days comedian Russell Brand is one of many celebrities finding a natural high without drugs and alcohol. 'I'm quite a neurotic thinker, quite an adrenalized person. But after meditation, I feel this beautiful serenity and selfless connection,' he says. A recent article explains that TM provides the 'basic human need to experience one's true nature - a transcendent, non-changing, absolute state of one's own awareness. When we have that connection, we are no longer dependent on outside stimuli, like drugs and alcohol, to effect a euphoria of well-being. We become naturally content - self-satisfied, self-sufficient, and self-motivated from within ourselves.' BeYouPromise.org has partnered with the Victoria, British Columbia, Transcendental Meditation Centre to offer TM to people in recovery. (more)

US: Veterans are using Transcendental Meditation to treat PTSD
22 July 2017 - Thousands of veterans have turned to Transcendental Meditation to treat their PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder]. The David Lynch Foundation has worked with US Veterans Administration centres, Army and Marine bases, and veterans' organizations to bring TM to vets and active-duty soldiers, Mother Jones reports. Research has found TM to be effective in reducing PTSD. One veteran, a former Army nurse in Iraq who has been practising TM for four years, says painful memories are still there, but increasingly they seem like a thing of the past. 'Very recently,' she says, 'I've started to feel happiness, which I hadn't felt in years.' (more)

Why I practise Transcendental Meditation: Five professional women speak out
21 July 2017 - Linda Egenes has had the opportunity over the years to interview dozens of 'truly inspiring women' who have found that the Transcendental Meditation technique helps their careers, their families and their health. Some are new to TM, others have practised the technique for many years. 'What they have in common,' says Linda, 'is their enthusiasm to tell others about the great things that are happening in their lives since they started to practise TM.' She shares thoughts from five professionals on how the TM technique has become an integral part of a happy, healthy, and successful life. (more)

How to neutralize stress in the workplace
20 July 2017 - Each workplace environment is unique, but in this era they have a common thread - stress. Pavel Khokhlachev, a Russian-English conference interpreter based in London, offers insight into how the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM) not only benefits interpreters - but can positively impact professionals who work in high-stakes scenarios, travel for work, or regularly deal with a stressful environment. Khokhlachev reviews TM research findings of deep rest and relaxation during the practice, as well as reduced stress, anxiety, and PTSD, lower blood pressure, improved brain function, and enhanced work performance - all of which he has found helpful in the 'extremely demanding' work of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. 'It's a great feeling to know that no matter how stressful and hectic my day is, I can always sit down, close my eyes and 20 minutes later feel rested, composed and alert,' he says. (more)

Rx against trauma: Transcendental Meditation heals PTSD, builds up 'inner immune system' to stress
19 July 2017 - 'We live in traumatic times,' writes William Hathaway in OpEdNews. For victims of war and terror and their families this can be life shattering. Many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a debilitating condition that can last for decades unless properly treated. Soldiers are highly affected - over half a million US troops deployed since 2001 suffer from PTSD. Fortunately, effective treatments are now available. Ten studies published in professional journals have shown that Transcendental Meditation (TM) rapidly heals PTSD, both in military veterans and civilians. Research also indicates that TM can increase resilience, and 'build up an inner immune system that keeps the stress from devastating us'. (more)

TM is 'a win-win-win-win for employees, their families, the company, and our customers' - Entrepreneur
18 July 2017 - After suffering from mental burnout, Kevin Barnicle, founder and CEO of Controle in Illinois, USA, discovered Transcendental Meditation (TM). Because he personally benefited from the programme, Barnicle began offering to pay half of the cost for employees who wanted to learn TM. He has since noticed employees have better focus, less stress and, in turn, more creative thinking. 'Those three components will not only spill into their personal life, but also their professional life,' said Barnicle. 'So it is a win-win-win-win for them personally, their families and loved ones, the company and our customers.' Mr Barnicle's experience was featured in a recent article in Entrepreneur exploring what eight different companies are doing to support mental health in the workplace. (more)

Transcendental Meditation for everyone - Wall Street Journal reports
17 July 2017 - Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) and longtime teacher of Transcendental Meditation, works with a wide-ranging clientele that includes celebrities such as Katy Perry and Jerry Seinfeld, hedge-fund managers, inner-city students, prisoners, and veterans, the Wall Street Journal reports. Bridgewater hedge fund founder Ray Dalio is quoted as saying that his TM practice has been 'integral to whatever success I've had in life'. DLF is dedicated to teaching Transcendental Meditation, particularly to at-risk populations, 'to improve their health, cognitive capabilities and performance in life'. In addition to opening the nonprofit's first office in Washington, D.C., in June, DLF has been participating in prison studies recently, in which researchers have found greater reductions in anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms in an inmate group practising TM, compared to controls. (more)

UK Parliament marks International Yoga Day - Prof Tony Nader, MD, PhD honoured with special award
16 July 2017 - The third International Yoga Day was celebrated in the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Indian Traditional Sciences, its Secretariat Amarjeet S Bhamra and the High Commission of India. The event on 10 July was designed to explore the value of introducing Yoga in the NHS (National Health Service). Chief Guest of the event, H.E. High Commissioner Y K Sinha paid tribute to the work of the APPG in introducing Yoga, Ayurveda and other disciplines into the mainstream of public life. Prof Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, head of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation organization, was honoured with a special award, and presented five volumes of Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation Programme to Members of Parliament. In his keynote address Prof Nader explained that 'every one of us has within us, built into our very physiology, the essential quality of Yoga, which is unifying.' (more)

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