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Oprah extols the benefits of Transcendental Meditation at her Harpo Studios company
by Global Good News staff writer
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25 March 2012
'So what is Transcendental Meditation?' Oprah asked in the beginning of her recent show on Fairfield, Iowa, USA and the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Technique.
Ms Winfrey continued, 'TM teachers say it's a stress-reducing quieting of the mind, a form of silent meditation practiced twice a day for 20 minutes. But that's not all. Studies show it has real health benefits. People who practice TM regularly sleep better, experience less depression and anxiety, and feel an overall greater sense of well being.'
'Those who practice it say Transcendental Meditation is not a religion or a cult. People who believe in Jesus, Buddha, the Qur'an, the Torah, all religions and ethnicities practice Transcendental Meditation.'
But this show, titled 'America's Most Unusual Town', was also a personal one for Ms Winfrey.
'I'd been hearing about TM for years, so this summer I decided to learn it along with my staff in Chicago, LA, and New York.'
She talked about the experience when she was on Dr Oz's show:
'In order to prepare for doing [America's Most Unusual Town], I brought Transcendental Meditation teachers into Harpo Studios to teach me and my team how to meditate. So we started meditating, seven of us. Seven led to 70, led to 270, led to now everybody in the company meditates.'
This meditation has become an integral part of the daily office routine.
'Nine o'clock in the morning, four-thirty in the afternoon. No matter what's going on, we stop, we meditate. And that way of being still with ourselves, of coming back to the center and recognizing that something is more important than you, it's more important than the work that you're doing . . . brings a kind of energy, and an intensity of energy—an intention that we've never had before.'
The results have been marked, Ms Winfrey added:
'You can't imagine what's happened in the company. Some people who used to have migraines don't anymore. People are sleeping better, people have better relationships, people interact with others better. It's been fantastic.'
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∙ What I know for sure: Oprah writes about her visit to 'TM Town', Fairfield, Iowa, USA
Video clips of several segments of the show are posted on the 'America's Most Unusual Town' web page on Oprah.com.
© Copyright 2012 Harpo Productions, Inc.
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