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Study finds positive effects of Transcendental Meditation on education in Cambodia
by Global Good News staff writer
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17 August 2013
Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia was established in 1991. As the first university in the country to implement Consciousness-Based Education, a system of education founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the university and its students were ideal subjects for several research studies investigating the effectiveness of this unique approach.
The goal of Consciousness-Based Education is to enliven students' full creative potential and inner happiness. It includes the study and direct experience of the field of consciousness through Transcendental Meditation, its central component. Scientific research on Transcendental Meditation in education has found that it reduces stress, promotes integrated brain functioning, increases intelligence, and improves academic performance—among many other benefits for mental, physical, and social health and well-being.
In a recent interview, Dr Lee Fergusson, one of the founding rectors of Maharishi Vedic University Cambodia, spoke about the three main studies conducted at the university.
The first was published in the College Student Journal in North America.
This was a simple study, Dr Fergusson said, that looked at students' responses to statements about Transcendental Meditation and their educational experiences.
Students were randomly selected and asked to respond to a number of questions or statements.
In response to the statement, 'I find it easy to practise Transcendental Meditation,' for example, 97 per cent of students agreed; while 98 per cent said they were very satisfied with Transcendental Meditation.
More importantly for an educational study, Dr Fergusson added, 89 per cent of students said that their ability to comprehend difficult subjects improved since learning Transcendental Meditation, and 96 per cent agreed that Transcendental Meditation helped their ability to study and retain knowledge.
This gave the educators a 'benchmark', Dr Fergusson explained, for students' appreciation of their Transcendental Meditation practice and benefits they were gaining from it.
Next researchers correlated students' practice of Transcendental Meditation and those responses to five educational factors that the Ministry of Education in the country had identified as being important: learning ability, attention span, physical health, mental stability, and personality.
Dr Fergusson concluded, 'What we found was that the practice of Transcendental Meditation was correlated with all five of those educational factors.'
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