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Women and Stress: Why We Meditate
by Jeanne Ball
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31 August 2011
On 31 August 2011 The Huffington Post reported:
'Stress levels among women have been rising steadily for the past five years, outpacing men's . . . . nearly twice as many women than men are affected by depression and anxiety,' writes journalist Jeanne Ball, quoting recent surveys. 'It's no wonder that closing the eyes and diving within--to a place where stress and fatigue melt away--has gained such widespread appeal among women.'
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 health.
The article thoughtfully explores several factors why meditation is important for women, including that 'as women we need to take time to meditate and nourish ourselves from within, so we'll have the wherewithal to care for and give to others.'
Ms Ball has firsthand knowledge of the benefits of meditation for women—many women have taken her meditation classes in her 25 years as a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.
During Transcendental Meditation, she explains, 'the mind can transcend its busy, agitated state and experience inner silence; the body relaxes and deep-rooted stresses dissolve. The transcending process takes one's attention to the mind's deepest level, one's inner source of energy and intelligence. As a result, all outer aspects of our life are enriched.'
The decreased anxiety, more calm, growing creativity, and other benefits women in her TM classes have described, even soon after learning the practice, are supported by scientific research on Transcendental Meditation showing improved cardiovascular risk factors—including NIH-funded research showing 50% reduction in heart attack and stroke.
'Because heart disease is the number one cause of death among women, here's another obvious case of how meditation can help ensure you'll be there for others.'1
Ms Ball also gives insight into how reduced stress and fatigue through meditation promote clearer intuition, one's 'inner GPS': 'Meditation can allow us to awaken more subtle, powerful levels of the mind—the place deep inside us where truth dwells.' She notes more Transcendental Meditation research findings, on increased coherence and integration of brain functioning.2
'Deep within all of us is a secret place of solace and rebirth,' Ms Ball says, 'and, with a little guidance and an effective technique, any woman can tap effortlessly into that and gain the strength, energy and wisdom to be who she wants to be.'
Click here to read the full article, which includes a 2-minute video of women talking about their experiences with the Transcendental Meditation technique.
1. Archives of Internal Medicine 166: 1218-1224, 2006; Circulation 120: S461, 2009
2. Consciousness and Cognition, 8: 302-318, 1999; International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147-151, 1981; Cognitive Processing, 11:1, 2010
For more information visit: tmwomenprofessionals.org
Jeanne Ball is a writer for the David Lynch Foundation and a 25-year teacher of Transcendental Meditation.
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