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Student at American Indian school describes how Transcendental Meditation transformed his life: 'I passed with an ''A plus'' '
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24 October 2009
'When I learned meditation, things just seemed to get brighter for me, and I felt like I had to graduate, and I had to do something with my life,' said one student, in an account of how the Transcendental Meditation Programme has transformed his life. The student's experiences were part of a video presentation during a press conference on 'Building Healthy, Sustainable American Indian Communities' at the campus of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.*
'I was kind of a bad kid, kind of angry all the time,' the student said at the conference.** 'I tried different things to see if they would work. I did counseling—I didn't like it. They tried to put me on medicine—[I] never took it. My grades were bad—really I was horrible in math . . . and had an 'F' my Freshman year . . . .
'I haven't had the best life, and probably not the worst, but a pretty rough life, to make it this far—I'm a senior. I didn't think I was going to make it this far.
'When I learned meditation, things just seemed to get brighter for me, and I felt like I had to graduate, and I had to do something with my life.
'I didn't think it [Transcendental Meditation] was going to work, really. I thought it was just . . . like counseling and everything. And it really worked—it surprised me. It slowly, gradually kept going and making me better and feeling better about myself. It's an amazing thing . . . .
'Just last year I've [received] 'Most Improved Student'—I passed with an 'A plus'. And the year before I got most 'Most Improved Student', too.
'I mean I loved it [Transcendental Meditation], and I'm kind of a hard head. I tried it and I loved it.'
* The press conference on building healthy, sustainable American Indian communities preceded a historic three-day international symposium on the same theme, held 25-27 September at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. The press conference explored in brief a proven five-point plan to reduce, and even eradicate, some of the most pressing problems confronting American Indians and all indigenous people throughout the world—including problems in education.
** A replay of the press conference was featured on the 1 October 2009 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
Replays of the press conference and several symposium sessions are available online at 'Building Healthy, Sustainable American Indian Communities'.
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