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Transcendental Meditation thrives in Iowa - Adherents of Transcendental Meditation have called Hawkeye State home since '70s
by John Berman and Maggie Burbank
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5 July 2010
On 5 July 2010 ABC News reported:
The peaceful communities of Transcendental Meditation practitioners in Fairfield and Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, USA were featured on 5 July on the ABC Nightline television broadcast at 11:35 pm (US ET). Members of these communities discuss why they are an ideal place to live and raise children--including stress-free education, harmony-promoting Vedic Architecture, organic agriculture, and ancient natural health care through Ayur-Veda.
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fulfilment to the field of world peace.
Renowned filmmaker David Lynch describes how the Transcendental Meditation Programme can profoundly help students—including increasing creativity, and reducing violence and stress in schools. Through his Foundation more than 100,000 students have gained the benefits of the technique.
'It's not a religion. It's not against any religion, it's not mumbo-jumbo. It truly does transform life,' Lynch is quoted as saying in the ABC News report. He describes how with just 15 minutes of meditation at the beginning and end of the school day, 'you just watch the violence stop. Watch relationships improve. Watch happiness in the hallways, in the classroom, watch creativity flow more and more, watch that heavy weight that we are living under gently lift away.'
Experts Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management and neurologist Gary Kaplan demonstrated how coherence in brainwave activity increases through Transcendental Meditation.
According to Kaplan, 'such ''coherence'' will bring happiness, success—even world peace,' ABC News reports.
'What we notice is that this electrical activity becomes more harmonious or coherent between left and right hemispheres,' the report quotes Kaplan as saying. 'There have been studies that have documented that the TM technique, when practiced in large groups, seems to have some effect on society in general, whether it's in war-torn areas where people are sitting to meditate together, or in high-crime areas that the trends reverse when you have larger groups meditating together.'
Many homes in Fairfield and Maharishi Vedic City are built according to principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture. Leading Vedic Architect Jon Lipman explains in the report that through such aspects of Vedic Architecture as proper orientation and placement, 'families find that their lives are improved, that there's greater family harmony, that there is greater financial success, there's greater happiness.'
Long-time community member Meg Vigmostad says of her family's Vedic home: 'It feels harmonious, it feels orderly, there's a lot of silence here that was definitely not in our other house that we owned.'
ABC News also reports on the Ayur-Veda Health Spa in Vedic City, describing it as 'the leading spa of its kind in the country'.
Residents of the community also enjoy healthy organic food, the report states.
'It is a lot to digest—but then you don't really have to. The TM followers . . . are not out to recruit you. They just want you to know the option is there,' ABC News reports.
'We really have all we need here,' ABC News quotes Meg Vigmostad as saying. 'You can go to a city anytime. But this is sort of a haven, you know? And it's a place of comfort, and community.'
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