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Peace at a price
by Parker Howell
Statesman Journal Translate This Article
24 August 2005
On 24 August 2005 Statesman Journal reported:
While those who practise the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM) praise the life-altering effects of the simple meditation, a lack of understanding can lead some to question the price of learning the technique. As Stateman Journal reporter Parker Howell raised this and other questions about TM, his article provided a platform for TM proponents to express their positive experiences.
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Patti Steurer, a TM teacher from Lake Oswego, told Howell that she learned the meditation technique in college and credits it as the secret to her academic success. When challenged about the current cost of TM, Streurer noted that Westerners are willing to pay $4,000 for a plasma television but not $2,500 for a technique that could change their lives. 'We don't live in a culture that values meditation technology,' she said.
Howell also interviewed Dan Dingle of Salem who said he learned TM in high school during the 1970s to improve his grades. 'It gives one practice in how to have peace of mind and not get all stressed out and caught up in stressful events,' he said.
Howell included a definition of TM as the 'single most effective meditation technique available' to gain mental and physical benefits and to 'attain inner happiness and fulfilment'. He interviewed local TM teacher, Dave Price who explained that TM helps individuals to experience a 'level of pure awareness [which] allows the meditator access to greater creativity and increases his or her preparedness for mental or physical activities'. After meditating, people experience tremendous alertness, Price added.
Howell also brought out that beyond the individual benefits that advocates say TM provides, TM is also said to promote peace by tapping into the consciousness that all humans share and broadcasting a positive influence.
The article said that more than 6 million people have learned TM worldwide.
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