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Red Nova, a science, space, and technology website    Translate This Article
11 March 2005

Red Nova, a leading space, science and technology web site, reported recently that stress in children is a serious problem that needs attention from parents and school administrators. The article cited the Silver Spring, Maryland, Chelsea School where the Transcendental Meditation Programme has been introduced to help address high stress levels. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of education.

The article noted that by now most adults are aware of the negative effects of stress, recognize when they are 'stressed out', and that they have the options of scheduling a vacation, taking time out for a glass of wine, or of getting involved in meditation or yoga in order to get back on an even keel. Children, on the other hand, do not have that luxury. Too often symptoms of stress in children are simply dismissed as acting out or being difficult, and therefore are ignored.

In fact, the article went on to say, children in our modern times are exposed to an extraordinary amount of stress. Red Nova quoted a November, 1999, article in Child Magazine that said 'the number of children affected is staggering. Every year, at least 3,000,000 youngsters show signs of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome).'

Not only do children have the normal stressors such as acceptance by peers, birth of a sibling, even finding a substitute teacher, but because of the increasing number of hours spent in front of the television, children are also exposed to concepts and visuals such as terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

Red Nova focused specifically on two schools that have introduced the Transcendental Meditation Programme to help students cope with these increased stress levels.

'In Silver Spring, Md., Chelsea School has implemented Transcendental Meditation. Pupils close their eyes and silently recite a mantra, word, or phrase.

The article quoted one teacher at the school as saying, 'My own students have told me that they 'feel calm and focused' after meditating.'

The article noted that 'these students have become active participants in creating healthy, peaceful lives for themselves. Imagine teaching a group of students who are able to harness and manage their own energy, and how these concepts could revolutionize the education system.'

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based— programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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