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Transcendental Meditation transforms lives of US homeless: Video documentary
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16 May 2010
The Transcendental Meditation Programme has recently been implemented among staff and clients at a centre for the homeless in New York City, where it has helped participants become happier and more productive, and ease their reentry into society.
'Practising Transcendental Meditation gives these homeless men the experience of inner freedom, and a clearer sense of self,' said Dr Adam Pressman, national director of video production for the Global Country of World Peace in the United States, speaking on Maharishi Global Family Chat.* He went on to say that many of these men have few material possessions in their lives, and they tend to be very receptive to the experience of transcending.
Dr Pressman showed two clips from a documentary on the subject—produced by Austin Lynch, the son of Dr David Lynch, and Amine Kouider, a staff member of David Lynch Foundation Television (DLF.TV).
In the first clip, a formerly homeless client at the centre, who now has a job and a home, spoke of his transformative experience with Transcendental Meditation. He said that after beginning to practise the technique, he found he was able to express himself and communicate more clearly, and felt more in tune with himself. 'Every person can reap the benefits of TM. It can truly change everyone,' he said.
In the next clip, a staff member at the centre described how Transcendental Meditation allowed the homeless clients to find joy within themselves, and to stop seeking fulfilment solely in material objects. 'It is wonderful to see these men stepping from darkness and emptiness into the bright light,' he said, describing metaphorically the profound experience of development of consciousness that progresses naturally through daily TM practice.
Dr Mario Orsatti, National Director of Communication for the Global Country, pointed out that the experience of these homeless men can apply to everyone in the US and the world. 'There is a tendency among all of us to look outside us for satisfaction, and by witnessing the experience of these men, we can see that looking within ourselves can be far more fulfilling and effective.'
Dr Orsatti also commented, in conclusion, that the experience at the homeless centre, captured on video by Dr Pressman and his team, serves as an example of what Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes can do to transform the lives of everyone in society.
* Dr Orsatti's and Dr Pressman's report was featured on the 11 May 2010 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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