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It's cool to be calm
by Elena Conis
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6 September 2005
On 6 September 2005 LA Times reported:
Meditation, considered a mainstream practice for adults, is now being explored as a beneficial tool to help children to increase their ability to focus and remain calm. Elena Conis, writing a special report for the LA Times, cited the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM) as a popular form of meditation currently being researched for its effects in the classroom, mentioning two specific studies on the technique.
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The first study mentioned, on students at the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit, showed that students practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme 'had better moods and less anxiety than a group of non-meditating students used for comparison'. In the study, published in Focus on Complementary and Alternative Therapies, both students and teachers practised 10 minutes of the simple meditation technique at the start and end of each school day.
Conis also mentioned a study of inner city students with hypertension that showed that students who practised 15 minutes of the Transcendental Meditation Programme twice a day lowered their blood pressure by more than three millimeters on average and kept it low for up to four months.
Conis said that while research on the effects of meditation on adults in both university and hospital settings has verified a wide range of benefits, including reduced blood pressure and stress, improved immune function, and better mood, it has only begun to chart the effects of meditation on the brain functioning of children. Yet despite the scarcity of specific research in that area, schools across America are beginning to offer meditation classes to their students, motivated by the personal experience of teachers and parents who know a good thing when they see it.
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