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Transcendental Meditation for Women
African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge, Uganda
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28 October 2016

Kids Need Meditation Too: What Children Say About the Transcendental Meditation Technique

In Uganda, there have been recent leaps in progress for women and children through the Transcendental Meditation program.

Brenda Nakalembe, founder of Uganda's United Women's Platform for Empowerment and Development, recognized the potential for the Transcendental Meditation technique to help fulfill her mission to empower women through training programs. More than 650 women and over 200 of their children have learned TM through the program at UWOPED, offered by the African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge-Uganda.

''With the addition of the TM training,'' Ms Nakalembe says, ''I see that mothers are experiencing greater emotional stability, less anger, clearer thinking, happiness and well-being, and they are more motivated and engaged in taking care of themselves and their children. It is quite remarkable, and they report that their families are more harmonious and that they have less conflict with their neighbors.''

Based on the foundation of 600 women participating in the TM women's empowerment group, TM clubs for 280 of their children have now been established. The children attending the inaugural presentation were very interested in discussing their experiences and learning about the development of consciousness.

Maharishi Secondary School for Girls in Uganda

Maharishi Secondary School for Girls in Mbale District, Uganda, was licensed to operate in 2009 and gained full accreditation as a secondary school in just 14 months. All students enjoy twice daily practice of Transcendental Meditation at the beginning and end of the school day.

One student expressed her appreciation for TM:
Since I learned TM, my health has started improving and I have become more energetic. Meditation has also relieved my stresses, and it has improved my happiness and love for everyone. With meditation I feel strong and relaxed. Meditation has improved my understanding at school, and I have become more self-reliant and have greater self-control.

Transcendental Meditation presentation at National Union of Nurses and Midwives

The African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge-Uganda was invited to speak about the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program to the general assembly of the National Union of Nurses and Midwives. The assembly consists of more than 1000 leading administrators from hospitals across Uganda.

'In my talk,' said Judith Nassali, National Director, African Women and Girls Organization, 'the Transcendental Meditation technique was presented as a practical tool for building resiliency under stress, and providing a solution to the problem of nurse burnout. The responses I received were very positive and many nurses expressed interest in learning TM and requested presentations at their hospitals.'

Published, evidence-based research relevant to nurses and to the prevention of nurse burnout includes benefits such as:

∙ Increased cortical functioning
∙ Decreased trait anxiety
∙ Decreased depression
∙ Decreased tobacco, alcohol, non-prescribed drugs
∙ Decreased blood pressure
∙ Decreased heart attack and stroke
∙ Increased field independence

This research was also featured at a recent prestigious nurses conference in Florida, USA, during a presentation about the TM for Nurses program. The audience of 600 health professionals learned about a study of top echelon nurses at a hospital who learned Transcendental Meditation. Results included profound relief from tension, increased mental clarity, and decreased cardiovascular disease.

Copyright © 2016 Transcendental Meditation for Women; African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge, Uganda, Ltd.

See related articles:
The transforming experiences of women in Uganda who learned Transcendental Meditation
US: Transcendental Meditation for Nurses presents at prestigious conference

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