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Colombia: 100 youth learn advanced meditation in rehabiltation centre
by Global Good News staff writer
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7 August 2012
In Hogares Claret rehabilitation centres across Latin America, children are now learning Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes on a regular basis.
Fundacion Hogares Claret aims to provide support and treatment for underprivileged youth and families suffering from drug addiction. One method they use involves alternative therapies like yoga, Transcendental Meditation, and the advanced practice known as the Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi programme.
Dr Pedro Ojeda, who has taught these advanced techniques in Latin America for many years, recently conducted a meditation course for boys. Dr Ojeda said that this was just one of the several Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi courses that are now taking place a few times a year. Centre administrators have seen substantial physical and mental health benefits for children in their care through these meditation programmes.
Dr Ojeda added that just last week a new course wrapped up. In the course, 105 participants from five different regions of Colombia came together to learn the advanced programme.
At the end of the course, Father Gabriel Mejia, founder of Hogares Claret, spoke to the group and inspired them to be regular in their meditation practice, because it will be the basis of total rehabilitation and help them to reshape and improve their lives.
In addition, the end of the course saw a celebration with performances of music, dances, and plays. A few of the young adults took the opportunity to present plays related to the same Vedic heritage that is the source of Transcendental Meditation. One play featured teachings from the Bhagavad Gita and another featured text from Science of Being and Art of Living, the first book by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme.
Many of the course participants were moved by these performances, Dr Ojeda said.
In the coming months, he added, there will be three new Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi courses. These will be held mainly located in long-term centres, where some of the children will spend 3-6 years in rehabilitation programmes and therefore can benefit most fully from their meditation practice.
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