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Helping students break away from negative behaviours: Film showcases Transcendental Meditation benefits in southwest US schools
by Global Good News staff writer
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30 January 2010
Several schools in a southwestern US city are enjoying the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education, as shown in a recent short documentary produced by David Lynch Foundation Television (DLF.TV).
The new video features students and staff speaking of their experiences practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme. The film was presented* recently by Dr Adam Pressman, National Director of Video Production for the Global Country of World Peace in the US. Dr Pressman attributed the success of the programmes in this city to the Transcendental Meditation Teachers, Dr Denise and Dr Joseph Gerace, who have done an 'outstanding job of nurturing and building the programme' at these schools.
In the documentary, the assistant principal of one high school commented that Transcendental Meditation has helped students break away from negative patterns of behaviour, such as disrupting classes and disrespecting teachers or peers. 'Transcendental Meditation allows them to explore other types of behaviours rather than reverting to old habits.' The same administrator also noted that he has noticed benefits with his own practice of the technique, such as healthier sleeping and eating patterns and lower levels of stress.
Other staff members at the same school attributed better focus, deeper thinking, and great calm among students to Transcendental Meditation. Students themselves noted 'a calming presence' in their lives, and less irritability.
The programme manager at an arts school in the same city believes Transcendental Meditation has enhanced artistic creativity among the students. Among benefits expressed by students were clearer visions for paintings, broadening of creativity, fueling of the imagination, and greater integrity in their work.
Also speaking in the documentary was the head of the city's Unified Alternative Education, who pointed out the collective benefits of Transcendental Meditation practice among students. 'Those causing the most disruption in class are the kids who will benefit the most,' he said, 'and this benefit will extend beyond those individual students to the entire classroom which they're in.'
After presenting the video, Dr Pressman expressed hopes of expanding school programmes in the area, which are supported by the David Lynch Foundation. He said there is ever-mounting interest among schools and also Native American tribes in this location.
* Dr Pressman's report was featured on the 26 January 2010 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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