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Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment teaches academics and inner development
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18 September 2012
At Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, 'you get the best of both worlds. You get the full intellectual development of your child and you get the full inner development of your child,' a mother of two students said.
This quote and others like it are from a new video released by the school to promote its Consciousness-Based Education approach.
For nearly 40 years, Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, has provided an education unlike any other, one that uses Consciousness-Based Education to teach the whole child.
At the heart of Consciousness-Based Education is Transcendental Meditation. All students and faculty practise Transcendental Meditation to help them relieve stress, increase creativity, and increase stability.
'My favorite part of school is that you get to meditate twice a day,' said Maria, a primary school student.
Anna, a middle school student, said, 'It helps me focus more.'
Richard Beall, Ph.D., Head of Maharishi School, explained that, while the rigorous academics at the school help develop their outer lives, Transcendental Meditation allows the students to develop their inner lives. It provides them with time to reflect silently, but more than that, gives them a reliable technique to experience the quietest, most fundamental level of themselves.
'It not only gives them a realization that there is this quiet core, silence within themselves,' Dr Beall said, 'but they are dissolving stress and they are optimizing their brain functioning. These are very centred kids.'
Essa, a student about to graduate from Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, agreed. 'Consciousness-Based Education is like strengthening the Self and then building upon that,' she said. 'It just allows me to connect all the subjects together.'
'I think it really helps us learn, too,' added Jordan, a middle school boy. 'It has your mind think in so many different ways.'
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