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Essex man builds alternative community in Suffolk

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4 August 2008

On 4 August 2008 BBC Radio Essex reported: Richard Johnson is helping to build a community in Suffolk, England, where people who practise Transcendental Meditation can enjoy a health centre and homes built on the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, and where others can come to learn the stress-reducing technique. 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 world peace.

Mr Johnson originally learnt Transcendental Meditation (TM) to help him relieve his stress.

He told BBC Radio Essex that he was training as a hospital manager when he learned TM.

'Working in the health service was very demanding and it became very clear to me early on in my training that I needed to have a way of dealing with the stress of the job. I had always been interested in meditation, so when a talk about Transcendental Meditation was advertised in the staff newsletter, I went along.'

He said the speakers—two doctors—were 'impressive'. They told the audience the benefits of practicing Transcendental Meditation and how the technique worked.

'I learnt straight away and immediately took to it like a duck to water. It was very relaxing and easy to practise and afterwards I felt much brighter and happier. I practiced it for 20 minutes twice a day so it was easy to incorporate into my routine.'

After a stint as a hospital manager at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton in south west London, Mr Johnson decided to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and taught the technique in London for five years, and in Buckinghamshire for eight years.

He explained further to BBC Radio Essex, 'The technique of Transcendental Meditation comes from the ancient knowledge of the Veda. Included in the Veda is knowledge of how to build and layout villages and towns in harmony with the laws of nature,' which is called Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.

Johnson wanted to apply the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda by building a community of homes as well as a teaching centre for TM.

Suitable land was located in Rendlesham, Suffolk.

'In 2004, we formed a team and have built about 45 houses and apartments, and now that we have planning permission for it, we plan to start on the residential education centre later this year,' he told the BBC.

Included in the plan are a natural health care centre, rooms for practicing TM in residence as well as the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying.

BBC Essex's Ian Wyatt also interviewed Mr Johnson about Yogic Flying.

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