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26 April 2008
On 26 April 2008 The Scotsman reported:
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is credited with bringing Transcendental Meditation to the West, and promoting its scientific investigation. Currently, interest in meditation is increasing worldwide as more people report their meditation practice brings clarity of thought, increased creativity, and contentedness, while scientists suggest that meditation may boost regular practitioners' immune systems, reduce stress levels, calm the mind, and slow the heart rate.
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 health.
The article stated that meditation is mentioned in ancient Hindu texts, and 'has been part of some western Christian practices as a means of communing with God. . . . But, increasingly, scientific investigation is offering validation too.'
The Scotsman reported that early research into meditation's effects 'found practitioners' heart rates lowered by three beats a minute, (and) they used some 17 per cent less oxygen. . . .'
Doctors are increasingly recommending meditation to help with everything from depression to chronic illness.
The article stated, 'They (doctors) have only been further encouraged to do so in light of the effectiveness of pharmaceutical solutions being increasingly questioned, as with recent reports of anti-depressants being no more effective than placebo pills.'
The Scotsman reported, 'Once mocked by naysayers as part of ''alternative'' culture, meditation has seen an image overhaul and demystification of late. It is increasingly offered in government buildings internationally, in law firms and other high-stress workplaces. Even prisons and schools are getting in on the act.'
The article stated '. . . Iowa's groundbreaking Maharishi University elementary schools feature meditation on the timetable. West Point, the elite US military academy, has run courses in it. Indeed, in the US, there are now some ten million regular meditators, double the figure of just a decade ago.'
'The planned opening in Edinburgh of the Invincible University by folk singer Donovan, with the meditation courses it is set to introduce, is likely to encourage more to investigate,' the article explained.
The Scotsman quoted Robert Roth, Vice President of the David Lynch Foundation, a national director in the US for Transcendental Meditation, and a man who studied meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, as saying '(Meditating is) as fundamental to life as eating, sleeping and dreaming.'
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