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Irish doctor praises Transcendental Meditation
by Dr Alan Moran
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21 October 2011
Alan Moran, a doctor who is a GP (General Practitioner) in Ireland, first heard of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Technique being used for medical reasons from a patient who had metastatic cancer and was using it as part of a natural approach. 'I was interested as, several years after he was diagnosed, he developed no new lesions (and is still alive today, 12 years later),' Dr Moran says.
'I looked into TM, and saw how relaxed it left people, how it lowered blood pressure, and left people with an overall feeling of calmness and wellness. Their thoughts were clearer, they slept better and seemed to adjust to life's ups and downs better.
'Daily I meet people who I feel could benefit from Transcendental Meditation. I see them suffering in large and small ways from worries and annoyances that they have allowed under their skins, and I often see these manifesting as physical symptoms. I know in many cases these minor illnesses need to be alleviated before they become larger, more significant illnesses. And again I see many cases of mild depression, anxiety or simple neurosis, which could be settled quickly by practising TM.
'As a GP, my problem is two fold. I can reassure people quickly and well about the benign nature of their complaints, but I know in a short while they will be back with other complaints as they see it, or as I see it, the neurosis and the anxiety has chosen a different way to manifest itself. The problem I have is convincing them their problem is in the mind, and is manifesting itself as a physical illness, and that something constructive and long lasting can be done for it, not alone allowing them to get on with their lives, but making the rest of their lives more relaxed and contented.
'Everything about the body performs better when it is relaxed, whether it is the heart lowering its pulse and blood pressure, the lungs lowering their respiratory rate, the gut digesting food, or the muscles performing activities. Like exercise, the brain benefits from practice at certain activities. The more we practise relaxation, the more we benefit and the easier it is to access this relaxed state more often, so often it becomes a habit and a way of life.
'However, I feel that TM does more than powerfully relax the body. It appears to bring about changes in the brain . . . .
'I have seen people's elevated blood pressures settle when they practice TM regularly. . . . I have seen patients with vague abdominal complaints . . . settle after they take up TM.
'I have also seen what we call the regular attenders, patients who attend frequently, attend much less, and one even changed career to allow himself to become happier and more content, and he attributes this entirely to the practice of TM. I have one housewife who re-started (TM) after a period of absence. She came to me complaining of evening tiredness, fit for nothing after her evening meal apart from sitting down in front of the TV and vegetating until it was time to fall into bed at 10.30. After restarting her TM, she was back in charge of her life' and was alert and full of energy, even in the evening.
'People ask if I do TM—I say it's a bit like a stockbroker who comes across a fund which is doing really well, is stable, and has a long history of doing well, and paying dividends to those who are part of it. Would that stockbroker then buy shares in that fund?
'Or of a solicitor who comes across a certain technique of cross examining witnesses that allows him to win his cases? Would he use that technique regularly? Of course.
'Personally I don't feel I would get through my day at work without it as well as I do . . . and I do feel it has helped me significantly in avoiding the stresses and strains of day to day life.'
Dr Moran's comments are reprinted from www.tm-ireland.org/, the website for the Transcendental Meditation Programme in Ireland.
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