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Studies showing meditation helps stress
by Ed Yeates
KSL-TV, NBC Translate This Article
Salt Lake CIty, United States
24 December 2004
On December 22, 2004 NBC affiliate KSL-TV reported: Some Salt Lake City residents have structured a new kind of social activity&mdashgroup practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique. According to the report, although the Transcendental Meditation Programme has been offered for many years, it is gathering a renewed popularity among all age groups as a way to counter stress, and is supported by serious research studies. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of culture.
Reporter Ed Yeates, pointing out that TM is 'catching on across the country', visited a Salt Lake City home to interview a group of friends who meet regularly to meditate together.
Randall Tolpinrud told the reporter 'We sit down, we close our eyes, and then we introduce a mental technique where the mind begins to settle down to a quieter and quieter level of thinking.'
Mary Lou Coleman described her experience with the practice 'It's such a charming experience to just sit quietly—to experience this deepest state of quiet and the stillness that exists, you know, when all the world around you can be screaming, there is this beautiful quiet, and I so love going there.'
Going there, individually, in their own homes twice a day, or in an evening group session such as this.
ElIiot Hulet explained his attraction to the technique: 'You give the body deep rest. It gets rid of stress, fatigue, you're able to think more clearly.'
The reporter went on to say that a number research groups support the benefits of practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme. He mentioned that many studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Health and that The American Journals of Hypertension and Cardiology, The Journal, Stroke, and The New England Journal of Medicine have all published studies on the meditation practice. He also cited recent randomized studies in a Detroit middle school that showed scheduled meditation breaks reduced not only stress, but verbal and physical aggression among students.
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