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American Nurses Association's ''Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation'' campaign blog features Transcendental Meditation
by Amy Ruff, RN, BSN, WOCN

Transcendental Meditation for Nurses    Translate This Article
4 August 2018

Transcendental Meditation for Nurses is proud to be working with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation campaign to bring about healthy changes in the nursing community—encouraging nurses to put their health first by taking a holistic approach to wellness.

The ANA's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation blog recently published an article by Amy Ruff, RN, BSN, WOCN, U.S. national director of TM for Nurses. In ''Meditation 101: Know Your Options,'' she writes: ''One common misconception, promoted in popular books and articles, and even sometimes in research articles, is that all meditation procedures are more or less 'the same'. But this is simply incorrect, for meditation procedures often differ in their purpose, practice and the results they give.''

Ruff gives an overview of some of the many types of meditation techniques, noting that ''the benefits of different meditation techniques also vary greatly—often having very different effects for the individual.'' She discusses scientific research on meditation, which ''began in earnest in the 1970s and 1980s . . . while the science behind this age-old practice is still developing, many studies suggest that some meditation programs have great potential.''

She describes her own experience as a new graduate RN in 1973: after 18 months in the rapidly paced, high-stress environment of the ICU (intensive care unit), feeling tired, very stressed, and full of anxiety—and learning the Transcendental Meditation technique ''at a time when my health and career were in peril.''

''What appealed to me [about TM] was the science behind it,'' she says—including research showing physiological indications of decreased stress, improvements in health, and decreased use of cigarettes and alcohol. . . . After the first 20 minute meditation I felt rejuvenated, clearer and happier. . . . TM saved my nursing career.''

Amy concludes her article saying, ''If you are considering learning to meditate, do your homework, look at the science, read reports from others who have learned the meditation program and find the technique that suits you and can give you the benefits you are looking for.''

You can read the article here.

Amy Ruff is the U.S. National Director of Transcendental Meditation for Nurses and the Education Director of Transcendental Meditation for Women.

SOURCE: Adapted from TM for Nurses July 2018 e-Newsletter

Copyright © 2018 TM for Nurses

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