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With new book, psychologist encourages medical meditation
by Stephen J Pytak
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6 May 2014
On 6 May 2014 The Republican-Herald reported: David F. O'Connell, PhD, a psychologist based in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, USA, has recently completed a new research book, Prescribing Health: Transcendental Meditation in Contemporary Medical Care--his third on Transcendental Meditation--which is due to be published later this year. 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 general public is not aware of the tremendous health benefits of regular meditation for serious, chronic mental health and medical disorders,' Dr O'Connell commented in the interview published in the Republican-Herald, recommending that physicians prescribe Transcendental Meditation for their patients to reduce stress.
'The practice of meditation significantly reduces hypertension, has reduced symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder in returning Gulf War combat veterans, and is up to nine times more effective for the treatment of addictions compared to conventional treatments,' he said, referring to findings of research studies on the Transcendental Meditation programme, which was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Dr. O'Connell first looked into Transcendental Meditation for himself in the late 1960s in Pennsylvania. At first he was skeptical that something that sounded so simple could be effective—until he learned the technique.
''I came out of this state. It wasn't sleep. It wasn't dreaming. It was kind of a combination of being awake but also very deeply rested, quiet inside. And then I realized, for the first time in my life, I relaxed,'' he said in the interview.
Describing the experience of practicing Transcendental Meditation, Dr. O'Connell said, ''The mind is always thinking. It's an automatic process. Everybody's experience is different, but, basically, as you meditate stress in the nervous system is dissolved and you get to subtler and more refined states of awareness. This simple process, which is really letting go, surrendering and allowing your mind to settle down naturally, is kind of like a stone dropping down into a pond.''
Two previous books about Transcendental Meditation by Dr. David O'Connell:
∙ Self-Recovery: Treating Addictions Using Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda, published by Harrington Park Press in 1995.
∙ Awakening the Spirit: A Guide to Developing a Spiritual Program In Addictions Recovery, released by PublishAmerica in 2003.
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