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Find your quiet centre with meditation
by Andrea Anastasiou

The National (United Arab Emirates)    Translate This Article
1 January 2013

A recent article in The National, a print and online news publication based in the United Arab Emirates, surveyed various types of meditation offered in the UAE. Referring to millions of people in the USA and elsewhere 'enjoying the calming benefits of meditation', the article states that 'the practice is on the rise here' in the UAE.

One form of meditation the author, Andrea Anastasiou, considers is Transcendental Meditation:

'Dr Mahnaz Emami, the national director of Transcendental Meditation (TM) UAE, says that there has been a sharp increase in people learning the TM technique worldwide, which she attributes to celebrity endorsements by the likes of the film director David Lynch, the comedian Russell Brand (when they were married his ex-wife, the pop star Katy Perry, learned TM, too), Dr Mehmet Oz and Oprah Winfrey.' Ms Anastasiou also mentions in the article that Oprah and Dr Oz both went on to pay for the course to be offered to their entire production teams.

'Dr Emami says that this trend is evident in the UAE as well, as more and more individuals are turning to TM to manage their general health or debilitating illnesses. She estimates that the number of enquiries the centre has received from people interested in TM has jumped by more than 400 per cent over the past year.'

Also noted in the article is US$1 million in grants from the foundation of filmmaker David Lynch, 'to provide TM instruction to active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families who are suffering from post-traumatic stress'.

Copyright © 2013 Abu Dhabi Media

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