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Students use a 'brain-based approach' to reduce societal stress and conflict
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28 January 2013
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From indigenous children in Latin America to Buddhist students in Thailand; from cultures as diverse as those in India and Africa to those in Europe and North America, students of all nationalities, religions, and backgrounds are gaining enormous personal benefits and, as a positive side effect, are simultaneously laying a foundation for world peace through a 'brain-based approach'.
The article explains that the brain-based approach to peace, which scientific research has repeatedly shown to be effective in reducing crime, violence, war deaths, and other negative behaviour in society, is being implemented by the Global Peace Initiative on campuses in the US and India as well as by the David Lynch Foundation and other organizations worldwide.
Behaviour is linked to the brain and stress impairs the brain. Stress shuts down the prefrontal cortex, the 'higher brain', which, among other things, is responsible for moral reasoning. It also negatively affects behaviour by over-stimulating the amygdala, the 'fear center'. These effects of stress lead to individuals acting in fear-driven, aggressive, violent, anti-social ways. Pervasive stress on a societal scale takes its toll on the society as a whole. The result over time is the eruption of more serious levels of crime and social unrest. Tensions mounting up, unchecked, eventually become expressed as social violence and war.
The solution to individual and societal stress comes in the form of a simple, ancient technology from the Vedic tradition of knowledge. This technology, known as Transcendental Meditation, has been made available in our time by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Extensive scientific research demonstrates that the technique is highly effective at reducing stress and restoring balanced brain functioning. As stress is reduced in individuals, less stress accumulates in the environment and naturally anti-social behaviour—such as criminal acts—decreases.
Research has also found that groups of sufficient size transcending together during Transcendental Meditation produce a demonstrable reduction in societal stress and associated crime and social violence. Simultaneously a powerful influence of coherence, harmony, orderliness, and calm is produced throughout the society.
Today, national governments are implementing this programme in their military. Schools worldwide are teaching Transcendental Meditation to their faculty, staff, and students, enabling their schools to radiate a peaceful influence for society.
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