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David Lynch, the film director who harnesses the transformative power of Transcendental Meditation
26 May 2017 - 'True happiness is not out there. True happiness lies within' - before he learned Transcendental Meditation, renowned filmmaker David Lynch had heard these words but didn't know 'how to get there'. Learning TM in 1973, he says, 'Down within I went. It was so beautiful, so profoundly beautiful. I said, ''Where has this experience been?'' ' Lynch has more to say about the bliss of transcending: 'It's a field that is so beautiful, so powerful, it's eternal, it's immortal, it's immutable, it's infinite, it's unbounded.' As one who works in the intensely competitive Hollywood film industry, he explores how the TM technique reduces stress, and how it enriches the creative process: 'There are billions of ideas and you find the ones you love. We start transcending, that conduit widens out, and you start enjoying things and love the doing. . . . You look around and everything looks better. People don't look like enemies, they look like friends. Things that used to stress you, don't stress you so much.' (more)

'Is Transcendental Meditation for everyone?' - Dr Norman Rosenthal reflects on his book, Super Mind
25 May 2017 - Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., noted psychiatrist and author of the bestselling Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation, describes the 'mind boggling' spectrum of people enjoying the benefits of TM: from celebrities and business leaders, to veterans suffering from PTSD and the homeless. In a recent essay marking the book's publication in paperback, he writes, 'Highly successful people may be just as stressed in their own way as those who struggle with the ordinary problems of daily life. It turns out that TM is an extremely effective method for decreasing stress, as evidenced by numerous studies showing that it is associated with reduced blood pressure and anxiety.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management student thrives on environmental activism and social change
23 May 2017 - Sara Kille was working as a preschool teacher in California when she discovered actor Jim Carrey's Maharishi University of Management (MUM) commencement speech on Facebook. Sara was planning to study environmentalism and sustainability, and Carrey's speech deeply resonated with her. She became curious about MUM, and enrolled as a sustainable living major in 2015. Sara's passion lies in environmental activism and social change, and she managed to tailor her education to match her needs. In addition to taking classes in global sustainability, creating social change, and climate science and solutions, she completed a six-week internship with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation helped me cope with my PTSD
21 May 2017 - Geri Hirsch found relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through Transcendental Meditation when she could not seem to recover from 'the most stressful, traumatic, unstable state of my life' following her young husband's heart attack. 'I had PTSD, and I needed help.' After one of her husband's friends gave him the course to learn TM as a get-well gift, she said, 'he was meditating daily, and I could feel his calmness.' After learning TM herself she said, 'Besides helping with my PTSD, I feel a general sense of calm thanks to my practice. It's also left me extremely energized, which was an added bonus I wasn't necessarily aware of. I absolutely love it and highly recommend trying it if you don't already.' (more)

New study: Group meditation practice helps reverse drug-related death rate in US
20 May 2017 - In recent years, drug-related deaths have become a national public health crisis in the US, fueled by a surge in rates of unintentional drug overdoses from prescription painkillers and anxiety drugs. These fatalities surpassed motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009 and reached 47,000 a year nationwide as of 2015. Now Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy research scientists Michael Dillbeck, PhD, and Kenneth Cavanaugh, PhD, have proposed a solution that may slow or reverse this alarming trend. In new research published in the social science journal Sage Open, they report that during the years 2007-2010, when the size of a large US group practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme reached a threshold predicted to affect national trends, the rate of drug-related deaths dropped by 30.4% relative to the baseline average 2002-2006. (more)

South Africa: 58 Maharishi Institute students to graduate with MUM degrees
19 May 2017 - Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, recently held graduation ceremonies for 58 students earning bachelor's degrees in business from Maharishi University of Management in the USA - bringing the total number of MUM degrees awarded to MI students to 235. Students at MI enrol in MUM courses during their third and fourth years of undergraduate work, receiving live lectures from MUM faculty via the Internet. 'We are deeply grateful to the wonderful and dedicated faculty of MUM,' said Taddy Blecher, CEO of Maharishi Institute. 'They have given our students knowledge for a lifetime of success, through the profound system of Consciousness-Based Education.' (more)

Secrets to a longer, healthier life: How modern scientific discoveries and ancient holistic traditions can reverse ageing
18 May 2017 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, presents 'a new science of ageing that integrates the discoveries of modern science with those of an ancient health science - Maharishi AyurVeda, a holistic approach to ageing that enhances the mind and body from deep within, using the wisdom of the body's inner intelligence'. Dr Schneider is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. His research has been supported by US$25 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. He cites many studies, including those demonstrating that 'older individuals who practise Transcendental Meditation show lower rates of mortality - they live significantly longer with better physical and mental health than control subjects who do not meditate. . . . Simply put, stress speeds ageing. And effective stress reduction slows it down.' (more)

TM for Women offers free e-book - excerpts from bestselling The TM Book
16 May 2017 - In the spirit of honouring women, and in continuing celebration of Mother's Day, TM for Women is offering a complimentary e-book - excerpts from the bestselling TM Book. 'As mothers, we do well by our families when we take care of ourselves,' said Vanessa Vidal, U.S. National Director of TM for Women. 'When we practise self-care, of which the TM technique is an example, we arm ourselves with energy, happiness, inner strength, focus and peace. And these qualities allow us to do the best job possible when taking care of our children and families.' (more)

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