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The power of silence: Unplugging for the holidays
by Jeanne Ball
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24 December 2015
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Many women are the heart of holiday preparations, writes Jeanne Ball, a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique. 'We give, give, give, often to the point of exhaustion. Yet, could our silence also be a gift?' Taking time for meditation—to access our deeper, inner self, the most silent level of our consciousness—can be the most precious of gifts, she says.
'Scientific studies on the TM technique have shown that within minutes, deep transcendence can calm the sympathetic nervous system, reduce cortisol, lower blood pressure, give your heart a rest, dissolve emotional tension and stress.'
Ms. Ball goes on to explain, 'The transcending process spreads ripples of harmony and coherence through the collective consciousness of our family, community and world. Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies have measured this effect, showing that large groups of people practicing the TM technique together leads to a drop in crime, violence and terrorism.'
'Taking time for the inner side of life can make holiday gatherings more enjoyable. And it's becoming socially acceptable to disappear and meditate. It may even evoke admiration (and perhaps curiosity) from others.
'In my family of meditators, when everyone's home for the holidays, it's so heartwarming and harmonizing for us to all get together for a group meditation.'
About the author
Jeanne Ball is a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program in North Carolina.
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This article has also appeared in The Huffington Post.
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