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The 8.15 train to Nirvana: How you can meditate your stresses away . . . even on the daily commute
by Marianne Power

The Daily Mail    Translate This Article
12 May 2012

Down time: Marianne Power meditates as she waits for a Tube train in London

Down time: Marianne Power meditates as she waits for a Tube train in London: 'Like a warm bath for your brain.'
© 2012 Associated Newspapers Ltd

Before she learnt Transcendental Meditation, British journalist Marianne Power writes in The Daily Mail, she was 'running on empty': plagued by stress, low immunity, and insomnia. She decided to learn the technique after marvelling at the 'remarkably calm' demeanour of a former colleague she encountered, who credited TM for the ability to handle several serious life-challenges.

Ms Power knew of research on meditation showing reduced heart disease, stroke, and depression. 'I was most interested in its effects in counteracting stress. And I can say that learning to meditate has changed my life.'

Transcendental Meditation 'is different from other forms of meditation,' Ms Power states, involving the use of a mantra, a Sanskrit sound.

She describes how she began enjoying good effects from her very first lesson. 'You go into your own world and yet you are still aware of your surroundings. You're neither awake, nor asleep, nor dreaming—just beautifully relaxed. It's like a warm bath for your brain.'

Afterwards, 'I felt calm and focused and that night I enjoyed a longer, deeper sleep than I've had since I was a child. And I've been sleeping well ever since.'

She explains how she incorporates two 20-minute TM sessions into her day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon, even 'on the train or in a taxi'.

'The more I meditate, the less I seem to be bothered by things. Situations that would once have sent me into a tailspin no longer have the same effect. . . . I have become more calm and rational; my concentration at work has also improved.'

She also feels healthier, 'better rested and less stressed'—as well as 'less tangible changes, the ones to your personality and relationships'. Friends say she is 'more relaxed. I certainly feel more content, less inclined to snap or overreact.'  

Transcendental Meditation is taught in centres throughout the UK, Ms Power says. Noting that a course fee is charged to learn the technique, she comments, 'It was the best money I've ever spent.'

'I wish I'd been taught this at school—it's the best life skill I've ever learnt.'

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