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Retirement: Reversing the detrimental effects of aging in mind and body
by Lesley Goldman

Transcendental Meditation for Women Professionals    Translate This Article
6 September 2015

In the conclusion of her article on ''Retirement'', Lesley Goldman reviews scientific research showing beneficial effects of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique on the brain, cardiovascular system, and overall health and longevity, and presents an infographic summarizing how the detrimental effects of the aging process can be reversed through TM.

Please see Part I of this article: Retirement: How Transcendental Meditation enriches the 'golden years'


There has been extensive research showing a unique state of orderliness created in the brain during the practice of the TM technique and how this coherence creates liveliness of intelligence and creativity enjoyed outside of meditation. We know that everything good about our brain depends on its orderly functioning. The TM technique really develops the full capacity of that precious organ for us.

After thinking about our brains, we invariably turn our attention to our hearts. The American Heart Association has stated that TM is the only meditation technique scientifically demonstrated to lower blood pressure and therefore suggests its use as an adjunct to treatment for cardiovascular disease. Repeated studies funded by the National Institutes of Health show not only the effectiveness of the TM practice in reducing high blood pressure without the harmful side effects medications may produce, but in reducing arteriosclerosis and enlargement of the heart associated with prolonged hypertension. One study in particular found that in heart patients practicing the technique there was at least a 48% less occurrence of heart attack, stroke or death compared to controls not practicing the technique.

A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology conducted on an elderly population showed that those who practice the TM program enjoyed significant benefits in age related aspects of physical and mental health, including reduced hypertension, better quality of life, and greater longevity.

Finally, research is clear that those practicing Transcendental Meditation enjoy a heightened quality of what is scientifically called 'self-actualization'. This means being more of who we can be with a more resilient sense of self, more self-confidence and self-motivation. In other words, TM can make us happier and more content in ourselves.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who has been practicing TM for decades, says ''TM is like recharging your cell-phone.'' It is, he adds, what gives him the energy—or the juice, as he calls it—to still do stand-up comedy events in his 60's.

So if you want your golden years to be truly golden, then seriously consider adding the Transcendental Meditation practice to your daily routine whatever age you are, but particularly if you are approaching or have reached your retirement time. It worked for my mother-in-law and it works for me.

About the author
Lesley Goldman is the retired director of an educational organization.

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