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'Clarity, creativity, freedom from stress' - Documentary highlights value of Transcendental Meditation for teenage girls
by Linda Mainquist    Translate This Article
10 December 2012

The Excellence in Action page of Global Good News is featuring this article with photos.

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Dana Farley, a junior at Bucknell University in the USA, started practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique in tenth grade. While attending a David Lynch Foundation event in New York City in 2009, Dana, who had a developed a passion for filmmaking, got the idea to make a documentary on her experience with the TM program—and its potential to help the millions of teenagers who are trying to deal with an American culture that sends confusing and conflicting messages to young girls.

Dana was aware of some of the signs of the dangerously high stress levels among teens—for example:

∙ More than 25% of 13-18 year olds will have a lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders, according to the (US) National Institutes of Mental Health.

∙ About 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood.

∙ Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students, and the 3rd leading cause of death among all youth 15-24 years old.

Like a growing number of her meditating peers, Dana feels that the TM technique can help make a huge difference in teens' lives.

''Instead of running away from or avoiding the problems and hassles you have by taking drugs or fooling around in other ways, TM helps brings a sense of inner freedom, of being 'high' in a completely natural way. It gives you a lift in your spirits—a freedom from the stress you are feeling . . . , while at the same time giving you the clarity of thought and the creativity to deal with people and situations in productive ways. . . .

''During TM you settle down and experience the quiet, peaceful, contented part of your inner self, and when you come out—back to your activity, some of that peacefulness and contentedness remains. This is an experience we all need to have.''

An extended trailer for Dana's documentary—''Beyond the Noise: My Transcendental Meditation Journey''—which features David Lynch, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Moby, is available now online.

Enjoy the full article on the Excellence in Action page.

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