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UK: 'Does Transcendental Meditation work?' Guardian journalist answers from personal experience
by Global Good News staff writer
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11 April 2014
Like many who are too busy in life, Stuart Heritage, a journalist for The Guardian, one of Britain's most widely read newspapers, felt exhausted and that his life had 'fallen into the quicksand of modernity'. He wanted to find the 'off-switch' in his brain. After several unsuccessful attempts, trying various techniques including sleep apps, a flotation tank, and mindfulness, he turned to Transcendental Meditation.
From its website Mr Heritage learned that 4 million people around the world now practise Transcendental Meditation twice daily. He reviewed research from the American Heart Association and other organizations, showing that practising Transcendental Meditation 'lowers blood pressure and risk of heart disease'; along with other evidence that it increases creativity and efficiency and gives 'a profound sense of rest'.
He learned that a number of celebrities practise Transcendental Meditation, including David Lynch, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, and Tim Burgess.
A local teacher of Transcendental Meditation explained to Mr Heritage the difference between the TM technique and other types of meditation, helping him understand that TM allows the mind to naturally settle down.
After learning the technique, he described its simplicity and effortlessness, and some of his experiences and reactions. He decided 'to stick with it', he wrote, 'because it's an almost embarrassingly luxurious thing to do. Aside from anything else it means that, for 20 minutes twice a day, I get to shut myself away. There is no TV, no rolling news, no phone calls or emails.'
'More than anything else,' Mr Heritage concluded, 'TM works for me. . . . I find it profoundly relaxing.' He discovered that 'I can concentrate more easily throughout the day.' Most importantly, he said, 'I am much less tired than I was a month ago. . . . and best of all, I am still me.'
Mr Heritage's article in The Guardian led to 700 inquiries from people wanting to learn Transcendental Meditation, said Dr Peter Warburton, Chairman of Maharishi Foundation, the organization that teaches Transcendental Meditation in the UK. Dr Warburton attributed some of the article's impact to the fact that it started from a point many people could relate to—describing the frustrations, challenges, information overload and exhaustion of modern life, and concluding with a simple, practical, and enjoyable solution.
Click here to read the full article by Stuart Heritage online at theguardian.com.
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