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US: Maharishi International University's MBA in Sustainability ranked #5 in nation
15 March 2020 - The online MBA in Sustainability programme at Maharishi International University in Iowa, USA, recently received a #5 ranking nationwide by Intelligent, an organization that ranks degree programmes. They evaluated 299 degree programmes at 132 universities based on outcomes, cost, reputation, faculty, and flexibility. They calculated an Intelligent Score of 0 to 100 for each programme, so their best-ranked online MBAs in sustainability are affordable, flexible, and highly regarded. 'This is a great start to the new year for the MIU College of Business, and we feel it also reflects well on our new shorter and less expensive MS in Sustainability Measurement and Reporting as well,' said MIU Provost Scott Herriott. (more)

A veteran's journey inward: Rewiring your brain for clearer, calmer thinking
1 March 2020 - Bob Ouellette was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in the US Army as terrorism tensions escalated in the post-Desert Storm era. Such pressure, he later discovered, had a way of rewiring his brain: 'I exhibited all those signs of PTSD.' Transcendental Meditation (TM) was seemingly a counter-intuitive approach for a veteran whose specialty required intense, high-stress precision and focus. But on learning the technique about six years ago, he says, 'it just enabled me to relax. Creativity, workload - it seems you're able to handle more, do more. And it's not stressful.' The American Legion Magazine reports on a three-year US Department of Defense-funded study, published in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry journal in 2018, indicating that 61 percent of veterans in the programme experienced clinically meaningful improvements in PTSD symptoms by using TM. (more)

Thailand: Maharishi Vastu meditation hall inaugurated
15 February 2020 - The largest Maharishi Vastu meditation hall in the world was inaugurated near the end of last year, at the Dhammajarinee Witthaya School - a girls boarding school southwest of Bangkok, Thailand. The beautiful two-storey building, designed according to Maharishi Sthapatya-Veda architecture, is 5,000 sq m (almost 54,000 sq ft). The school now has over 1,000 students who practise the Transcendental Meditation technique twice daily; the teaching staff also practise TM. The school was founded over 20 years ago to provide at-risk and orphaned girls a safe place to live, proper food and medical care, quality education and traditional Buddhist instruction. It is the only free Buddhist boarding school for girls in all of Thailand. (more)

Manage your mind to manage your heart: Why Transcendental Meditation is vital for heart health
3 February 2020 - 'About 30 years ago, I decided to investigate how the mind-body-heart connection could be positively managed with effective stress reduction, particularly the Transcendental Meditation technique,' writes Robert Schneider, M.D, FACC, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine, Maharishi International University. With funding from the (US) National Institutes of Health and foundations, he and colleagues at major US academic medical centres studied effects of TM in high-risk groups. Results of these studies and ongoing research include reduced high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and atherosclerosis, and a 48% lower rate of death, heart attack, and stroke. 'If you're at risk for heart disease ... consider managing your mind and body with Transcendental Meditation,' Dr Schneider says. 'It's easy to learn and practise, has extensive scientific evidence, and other positive benefits for mental and physical health. It could save your life.' (more)

A New Year, a new decade, a new perspective for women: 'Let's make sure that in the name of equality, we don't lose our uniqueness'
22 January 2020 - Women's advances in the workplace have been accompanied by an epidemic of stress and decline in life expectancy over the last decade. To ensure future trends are 'more advantageous for our holistic growth and fulfilment, we have to dig deeper into ourselves than we have ever done at any time in history,' writes Candace Badgett, International Trustee of Transcendental Meditation for Women. Her regular TM practice is one of the 'most profound influences connecting me to [the] foundational sense of who I am.' Connecting to 'this universal aspect of my Self.... this deepest place within oneself is transformative', promoting inner self-sufficiency, mental strength, courage and clarity. 'Let's make sure that, in the name of equality, we don't lose our uniqueness,' she says. Not giving up the 'hard-won opportunities we have attained in the past decade' - but 'with alertness, and a commitment to our personal inward journey, we can make this new year and new decade a truly pivotal time for the full realization and integration of the feminine perspective - an accomplishment that will serve not only women, but all of humanity.' (more)

Oprah, Ray Dalio and Lady Gaga swear by Transcendental Meditation - CNBC reports
16 January 2020 - CNBC reports that 'Meditation is certainly having a moment. . . . But there's a specific type of meditation that's been getting a lot of buzz from high-profile individuals: Transcendental Meditation.' At Oprah's 2020 Vision Your Life In Focus Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earlier this month, Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey spoke about mental health, including their shared love of TM. Bridgewater Associates hedge fund founder, billionaire Ray Dalio has called Transcendental Meditation probably 'the single most important reason for whatever success I've had'. It 'has enhanced my open-mindedness, higher-level perspective, equanimity and creativity,' he wrote in his book Principles. Dalio and Winfrey have also offered TM courses to their employees. (more)

Nepal: 6th International Ayurveda Congress announced in Kathmandu - October 2020
10 January 2020 - The Sixth International Ayurveda Congress will take place 1-4 October 2020 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal has a centuries-long, rich history of Ayurveda; to this day it is recognised as a core part of the culture. The Congress will be a forum for international leading experts and professionals interested in Ayurveda, to expand their scope of knowledge - through workshops on medical, herbal, pharma, engineering and science of Ayurveda; and discussion of topics on ideal health, prevention of chronic disorders, and natural approaches to the reversal of ageing. Special emphasis will be placed on exchanging ideas to increase acceptance and application of Ayurvedic methods all over the globe. The Congress is organized by the All-India Ayurvedic Congress and International Academy of Ayurved in India, and the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands, supported by the Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation. (more)

'My only regret is that I didn't find this practice twenty years ago'
5 January 2020 - 'All of the data and studies supporting Transcendental Meditation as a powerful tool for self-healing were very intriguing to me,' reports a corporate technology executive in California. 'I couldn't believe such a small modification to my day could create such an amazing result .... Just a month after beginning my twice-a-day practice, I've noticed a significant change in myself. My brain is ultra-creative, I'm a lot calmer than I've ever been in my entire life, and all the non-stop spinning and noise that used to plague me has been replaced with an inner stillness and appreciation for myself.... For the first time in a very long time, I feel at peace, and the future is very, very bright.' (more)

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