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The Transcendental Meditation Programme in a California public middle school
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4 May 2010
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Please click on the following link to read more about 'The Transcendental Meditation Programme in a California public middle school'. The article features a short film about the introduction of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in a public school in the western United States. The school is located in a high-stress, violent environment. Administrators were looking for something that would help both staff and students, and chose the programme in part because it was reputed to help with burnout and stress-related health problems.
The article includes many quotes from teachers and students about the good effects they've found since beginning twice-daily Transcendental Meditation practice.
A teacher's assistant said, 'I think what happens is that when there's less stressors in the air or when people feel less stressed, [that] pervades the whole place. The adults feel differently. The stresses are gone so we all feel differently; we act differently, the kids are acting differently.' An 11-year old sixth grade student comments that the school used to be very loud. 'Now it's all mellow and calm. It's how a high school's supposed to be.'
The school's Social Studies teacher had been planning to retire. 'I felt overstressed,' he says, 'but ever since [learning Transcendental Meditation], the group of eighth grade teachers, we come together and we do meditation during our break period, seventh period, and it's such a relaxing thing. I actually look forward to it. . . . My students also comment 'What's going on with you? Why are you so happy today?' I'm not moody anymore.'
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