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Transcendental Meditation brings actor from anxiety, anger, and emptiness to 'unbounded joy'

Enlightenment - The Transcendental Meditation Magazine    Translate This Article
15 October 2011

From outward appearances, Ron Phillips was leading a full life. An international shipping specialist for an express shipping company, he also performed in plays, commercials, and a promising indie film that made the rounds at Sundance and other film festivals. Married with two teenage children, he had everything a 40-something American could ask for.

Yet by his own account, he felt empty inside. ''I had struggled for years with anxiety and anger,'' he says. ''I was generally unhappy, and I felt like life was just a chore. . . . I remembered feeling unbounded joy as a kid, but I [didn't] have that anymore.''

Ron tried other forms of meditation, but they didn't stick. So he started taking medications to ease his pain, but they made him feel even less healthy. Then in early 2010, his wife saw a poster for a Transcendental Meditation lecture, and the whole family took the TM course together.

''I can honestly say that by the second or third day of instruction,* I was looking at the world with brighter eyes,'' he says. ''That unbounded joy continued as the weeks went on. Along with the improvement in my general well-being and feelings of happiness—which is great in itself—I've had better relationships with my children and my wife. I'm more responsive to them, more understanding of their needs.

''So many aspects of my life have very quietly and quickly improved. I used to be very indecisive, and having to make choices to manage my day at work was a great frustration to me. Now I make good choices. It's a real miracle how this practice—for 20 minutes twice a day—has had such profound effects on every aspect of my life.''

* The Transcendental Meditation program is taught in a standard seven-step course around the world; personal instruction in the technique takes place in four sessions over four consecutive days.

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