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Living at the peak: How to experience bliss in everyday life
12 February 2016 - Studies by Dr. Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, have found that Transcendental Meditation practitioners have greater EEG coherence and greater presence of alpha waves which has been shown to promote a more efficiently functioning brain. Dr. Travis says: 'The experience of the transcendent is not unique to TM practitioners or peak performers; it's unique to human beings. It's what we experience when the activity of feeling and thinking and perception settle down, and the mind experiences its most expanded state of awareness. It's the experience of pure unbounded consciousness, and it's available to anyone.' Dr Travis's research is referenced in an article by Vanessa Vidal, National Director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in the US. (more)

Transcendental Meditation and improved health for older women
11 February 2016 - February is 'heart health month' in the US, and Amy Ruff, national director of TM for Nurses, highlights research indicating that 'the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program may reduce the cortisol response to a metabolic stressor and is therefore a way of reducing disease risk in older women'. Lower cortisol response, she explains, may reflect improved physiological functioning which relates to the disease-preventing effects of TM practice in older women. 'Often we are unable to change the stressors in our environment, but we can change the way that we react to the stress. Putting aside 20 minutes twice a day to do this scientifically verified meditation technique is a very small investment to insure decreased risk of heart attack and stroke.' (more)

Maharishi Ayur-Veda resources offer knowledge, treatment, training
9 February 2016 - In addition to reducing stress, Transcendental Meditation develops integrated brain functioning and promotes wellness. A natural adjunct to the essential value of practising TM--allowing the mind to experience its most silent level--is Maharishi Ayur-Veda, the 'Science of Life', which further enlivens the unlimited inner intelligence of mind and body. In addition to making Transcendental Meditation available throughout the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi worked with the world's foremost Ayurvedic physicians to develop a systematic presentation of Ayurvedic knowledge and health care. There are many online resources and centres in many countries for knowledge, treatment, research, and training in Maharishi Ayur-Veda natural health care. (more)

Important parenting advice: Get your kids to practise Transcendental Meditation
8 February 2016 - A recent article highlights Transcendental Meditation as an effective means to alleviate rising stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction among young people. 'Twenty-three per cent of teens have anxiety,' said Mario Orsatti, Co-Director of the David Lynch Foundation Center for Leadership Performance. 'Children as young as 6 and 7 have learning disorders, and all of it is stress-related.' TM has been proven to help kids of any age to excel--improving both emotional well-being and academic abilities; it has brought dramatic reductions in suspensions and other negative school behaviours. Mr Orsatti explains that the technique is easy to learn and practise: 'It's as automatic as eating an orange to get vitamin C. You don't need to believe in the vitamin; you just get it.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation: More than a stress buster - Huffington Post
7 February 2016 - 'Most people think of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique as an effective way to reduce stress. Hundreds of scientific research studies show that TM can help improve all aspects of physical, mental, and emotional well-being and verify that it is the most effective technique available to reduce anxiety,' writes Ann Purcell in The Huffington Post. 'However, very few people are aware of the ultimate benefit of TM, which extends far beyond mere stress reduction. TM is a direct means to fully unfold one's innate potential -- enlightenment.' (more)

Maharishi School student named Iowa state merit winner for 2015 Young Scientist Challenge
5 February 2016 - For his research on oral hygiene, Pranav Chhalliyil, an 8th grade student at Maharishi School in Iowa, USA, won the grand champion award, junior division, at last year's Iowa State Science Fair. This win was followed by a state merit win from the Young Scientist Challenge, and inclusion among the 300 semifinalists in the Broadcom MASTERS national science competition, out of an initial 60,000 competitors. Pranav's interest in oral bacteria and hygiene (spurred by his parents' efforts to instill better habits) inspired him to research which oral cleaning methods are most effective, and to study these methods in an experiment with 88 subjects. (more)

Psychology Today: Transcendental Meditation reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms
3 February 2016 - Psychology Today reports on a new study, ''Impact of Transcendental Meditation on Psychotropic Medication Use Among Active Duty Military Service Members With Anxiety and PTSD''. Christopher Bergland's comprehensive article explains that the research was conducted at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center's Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Gordon, Georgia, USA. After one month, 83.7% of participants who learned TM had stabilized andĀ reduced, or stoppedĀ their use of psychotropic drugs to treat their PTSD conditions. The study was published in January in the journal Military Medicine. (more)

Maharishi School alum wins design award
1 February 2016 - Yale Shaw, a graduate of Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, was recently honoured with a silver design award in the 2015 international Spark Design Awards competition for his life-saving medical device, 'Epi'. The device, which is used to temporarily neutralize severe allergic reactions, is lighter, more stylish and accessible than previous devices. It also triggers a smartphone-integrated application to notify emergency services of the user's exact location, allergy susceptibility, and personal information, saving valuable time. With more than 500 entries in 10 categories in the competition, Mr Shaw's award places him in the top 5% of worldwide competitors. (more)

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