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Can seeking serenity fit in with the hectic routine of daily life?
by Elest Ali
Time Out Dubai Translate This Article
19 January 2013
Several news articles have been published in the United Arab Emirates in the past year about the benefits of meditation, which have included substantive reporting on Transcendental Meditation.
One such article was published in Time Out Dubai, titled 'Can seeking serenity fit in with the hectic routine of daily life?' It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of culture.
The article began by listing a few celebrities who practise Transcendental Meditation, among them Paul McCartney, David Lynch, Russell Brand, Oprah Winfrey, and Hugh Jackman. It went on to explain that meditation need not be attached to any particular spiritual practice or religion.
Two meditation practitioners are quoted in the article, which states, 'Both [practitioners] confirm the techniques they use are universal and not connected to any one tradition—they are practised globally by people of all faiths and cultures.'
Explaining how Transcendental Meditation (TM) works and what makes it unique, the article quotes Gerard Valente, a high-school teacher who has been practising the technique for more than 30 years.
'TM requires none of the effort or discipline that other techniques require,' Gerard says. 'In fact, it's so natural that belief has no impact at all on its success.' As a result, he said, anyone can learn it—including the very skeptical. 'Once the person is sitting comfortably and begins the practice, the minimising of mental activity takes place automatically—applying effort by manipulating breathing or mental activity actually interferes and minimises the effectiveness.'
The article also states that the benefits of Transcendental Meditation go beyond mental peace and extend to the physical well-being of the practitioner.
Mr Valente said, 'We spend so much money and time seeking ''outside'' interventions and cure-alls, when really the greatest doctor, clinic, and pharmacy is the body's own inner intelligence.'
The article has remained on the Time Out Dubai website, and month by month since its publication people have been continuing to enquire about learning Transcendental Meditation, which is offered by the Creative Intelligence Consultancy at a number of venues across the UAE.
For further information on the Transcendental Meditation programme in the United Arab Emirates, visit: www.tm.ae.
See related article: Find your quiet centre with meditation: UAE sees rise in Transcendental Meditation interest
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