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Transcendental Meditation in prisons: 'Everyone should have the opportunity to feel this healthy'
by Arielle Feldman
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20 June 2012
In interviews at Oregon State Correctional Institution in the northwestern United States, inmates described the effects on their lives of the Transcendental Meditation program.
See Part I, Part II, and Part III of this series:
∙ Can Transcendental Meditation help rehabilitate prison inmates?
∙ Prison inmates talk about Transcendental Meditation: 'Nothing angers me like it used to'
∙ Transcendental Meditation and prison life: 'I'm starting to know who I am'
Highlights of inmate interviews
Oregon State Correctional Institution
''The thing that resonated most deeply with me was just the chance at being happy. I hadn't realized for how many years that I've always had a low-grade depression—it really was, probably ever since ten years old—I just really had been miserable with being myself. In just this last month I felt so much energy it's been amazing.
''I actually consider that the department of corrections would be changed dramatically by making TM available to anyone who could learn it. The reason being, is the system's broke, and this is the first time I felt this sort of health that I think everyone should have the opportunity to feel this healthy and continue on and grow.
'You can't change the system, but you can change the people inside of it; and by changing that, it will change the system.''
Global Good News will continue to feature highlights of interviews with inmates at Oregon State Correctional Institution.
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