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Ho-Chunk elder: Transcendental Meditation - 'the best gift I can give to my people'
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12 November 2009
After beginning the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM), two Ho-Chunk elders with diabetes described how their health improved dramatically. Transcendental Meditation is 'everything that I want it to be . . . [It is] the best gift that I can give to my people,' one elder said.*
The two are elders in the Ho-Chunk American Indian community in Nebraska, USA.
'I'm a diabetic, and because of doing TM I have gotten blood sugar levels almost where they're supposed to be—where before . . . there were times when I tested myself and the numbers weren't even on the meter,' she said.
Now, as a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, 'I had to cut off using so much insulin, which is a big plus,' she added.**
'There were times when my sugar would elevate up over 500, which is high,' the second elder said. 'And occasionally I'd have a reaction when my sugar was too low.
'Since I started TM, my sugar has been where it should be. So I'm sold on TM,' he said.
The Transcendental Meditation Programme is being offered in the Ho-Chunk Indian community under the auspices of the David Lynch Foundation, by Teachers of Transcendental Meditation.
Transcendental Meditation is 'everything that I want it to be . . . [It is] the best gift that I can give to my people,' the first elder said. 'I give it to my children, I give it to my grandchildren, because they are my greatest love. What I give them, I want for the rest of my people,' she concluded.
* Talks by these elders were featured in a video presentation, at a press conference on 'Building Healthy, Sustainable American Indian Communities'—which preceded a historic three-day international symposium on the same theme, 25-27 September at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. The press conference explored in brief a proven five-point plan to reduce, and even eradicate, some of the most pressing problems confronting American Indians and all indigenous people throughout the world—including problems in the field of health.
** The beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation on diabetes in the Ho-Chunk community in Nebraska are being studied through scientific research, with the involvement of medical professionals at the reservation. Another Global Good News article will report on this study.
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