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How to transcend trauma and abuse
by Jeanne Ball
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26 June 2011
On 26 June 2011 The Huffington Post reported:
Many children who run away from violence and abuse at home end up living on the streets. For some of the lucky ones who have been rescued, in the US and abroad, meditation is a vital part of their healing and recovery. Children of the Night, a highly regarded youth shelter in southern California, has teamed up with the David Lynch Foundation to offer the Transcendental Meditation Technique as part of its program to help children overcome trauma and build a positive, productive life.
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''I never thought I could do it,'' says one of the teens, speaking of meditation. ''Before I started TM, I had a really negative energy—I had to have that vibe to survive. The first time I meditated, it was the most calming experience I ever had in my life. I started to become happier. I felt, like, human. When I do it, my anxiety goes away completely.''
Puki Freeberg teaches Transcendental Meditation classes at the shelter in Los Angeles. ''As everyone knows, abused kids are often shut down emotionally,'' she told writer Jeanne Ball. ''Trauma is stored in the nervous system. TM is known to provide physiological relaxation—deeper than ordinary rest or sleep, studies show. Through the deep rest, knots of emotional stress just melt away.''
The Huffington Post article asks, ''Can a simple, gentle meditation technique transform the crippling effects of trauma and abuse?'' and quotes eminent psychiatrist Dr Norman Rosenthal, author of the new book, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, who says yes: ''And I mean transform as in, 'He or she is a different person.''
The article also describes the work of Father Gabriel Mejia, a Catholic priest in Colombia whose 52 shelters have served thousands of homeless street children. As part of their rehabilitation the children learn Transcendental Meditation.
Click here to read the entire article, which includes two video posts—one about the Transcendental Meditation program at Children of the Night; and 'Saving the Disposable Ones', about Father Gabriel Mejia's programs in Colombia.
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