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Homeless children in Colombia find peace, happiness through Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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29 April 2009
More than 3,500 residents at 47 shelters for homeless children in Colombia practise the Transcendental Meditation Programme together twice a day, creating peaceful, trusting communities in a country fraught with violence.
These shelters are run by Father Gabriel Mejia, a highly renowned Catholic missionary who has practised the Transcendental Meditation Programme for 20 years.
'It [Transcendental Meditation] became an inspiration both for my personal life and for the work I was performing,' he said, speaking at a major press conference* held earlier this month in New York City, USA.
'We have 100 million kids on the street,' he said. 'In my country there are more than 20,000 kids between the ages of 11 and 13 that are in the war.' Father Mejia expressed his deep desire to help 'the ones who have nothing, the ones to be discarded'.
Transcendental Meditation has tremendous value in the lives of those at his centres. 'The kids express happiness, their sense of life is heightened,' he said. The love and compassion they feel helps to heal them from the violence in their nation.
Father Mejia invited those listening to help make this kind of programme available all over the world, so that children everywhere can 'open themselves to this marvelous experience of meditating every single day—and feel a wave of happiness in their lives'.
*Eminent doctors, celebrities, and educators spoke at a 3 April press conference preceding the historic Paul McCartney benefit concert on 4 April at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The extraordinary achievements and goals of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace were presented at the press conference.
The 'Change Begins Within' concert contributed funds to teach one million at-risk children Transcendental Meditation—giving them life-long tools to overcome stress and violence, and promote peace and success in their lives.
The concert was headlined by Paul McCartney, with special guests including Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye LaVette, Donovan, and Jim James.
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