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by Graeme Hamilton

National Post    Translate This Article
28 May 2006

On 28 May 2006 National Post reported: The Canadian director of the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Iowa, USA, Ashley Deans, PhD, and a delegation of educators and proponents of Consciousness-Based Education are on a cross-Canada tour speaking with educators, parents, students, and the public about introducing 'Transcendental Meditation into classrooms to reduce children's stress levels and improve learning'. 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 education.

During a presentation in Montreal, Mr Deans and the delegation told educators attending the workshop that introducing Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique into the school system could help students cope with stress, improve their grades, and become more attentive, with 'two daily meditation sessions of ten minutes, one at the beginning of school and one at the end'. Mr Deans was quoted as saying: 'You find that every problem you have in education gets resolved.'

Dr Guy-Paul Gagne, a Montreal physician, discussed the benefits of the TM Technique on the brain, backing it up with research that has been done on the technique and saying: 'This is the biggest breakthrough in education we've had for a very long time.'

The workshop had some sceptics, but Ali Temam, director of the ecoles Musulmanes de Montreal, a private Muslim school, was positive about the TM Programme, saying: 'I strongly believe stress is one of the biggest problems in our schools.'

The Greater Montreal Committee for Stress-Free Schools, the organization that hosted the event, along with its affiliates across the country, plan to seek corporate or private funding for students to learn the TM Technique. One such foundation in the US—The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace—was inspired by renowned filmmaker, David Lynch.

Mr Deans indicated that students practising Transcendental Meditation in schools would not only benefit students and schools, but would also influence global peace: 'What we found in our research is that the square root of 1% of the population practising Transcendental Meditation in a group is sufficient to reduce the acute social stress of society as a whole,' with the implication that world peace could be a reality 'with one or two school districts' practising the programme.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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