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20 February 2017

What are the latest news stories published in the world media, involving Transcendental Meditation (TM)? TM Home features a selection of ''trending topics and headlines, news and events'' from the last two years.

Meditating will make you stronger and give you more energy

''Deep relaxation, sharper thinking, more energy and positive emotions. That's what the practice of Transcendental Meditation will give you,'' writes Helle Nordgaard in the health section of the Danish magazine IN (February 13, 2017 [in Danish]). Dr. Charlotte Bech, who has been teaching the technique in Denmark for over 20 years gives a thorough overview of its scientifically proven benefits.

Taking over Wall Street

''Over the last three years, the David Lynch Foundation has taught TM to almost 2,500 professionals — 1,150 in 2016 alone — and roughly 55% are from Wall Street,'' reports Richard Feloni in his Business Insider article (November 4, 2016).

''Around eight years ago, Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio introduced Transcendental Meditation to his 735 employees. Dalio had already established a unique, intense culture at Bridgewater that he likes to say is akin to being part of an 'intellectual Navy SEALs,' and he believed that Transcendental Meditation, or TM, would work as an effective counterbalance.

'' 'I did it because it's the greatest gift I could give anyone—it brings about equanimity, creativity, and peace,' '' Dalio told the Business Insider.

The (Very Lazy) Sunday Routine of Vanessa Bayer of Saturday Night Live

''I usually meditate twice a day, Transcendental Meditation,'' actress and comedian Vanessa Bayer told The New York Times. ''For some reason, I always forget to meditate on Sunday, because it's such a weird day, and I'll remember at 5 and meditate for 20 minutes. And it's great, because I'll feel like I'm getting something done. Even though I am sitting on the couch.''

Can TM help make a dream come true?

Working hard and taking almost no time to relax, Italian singer Giada Valenti got a scare of her life three years ago. One day she suddenly found herself at a New York hospital, down with a life-threatening condition.

Now she writes in The Huffington Post how learning Transcendental Meditation not only allowed her to bounce back from the illness, but realize the dreams of her life:

''I learned that to dive within ourselves during TM was better than the best sleep we ever had. And when we come out of we feel refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life.

''In seven months I was able to raise more than a half million dollars that I needed to film my television special.

''I strongly believe that all happened thanks to TM. I'm always looking forward to do TM. I get new energy and great ideas, solutions. It looks like the time is not lost meditating, but just gives extra time that we lose struggling and getting nervous,'' Valenti concludes.

Actress Jessica Alba became 'intrigued' by Transcendental Meditation

The Fantastic Four beauty reveals she has started to use the technique to help ease her mind during busy days and she is keen to explore the practice further to help her unwind.

''I'm really intrigued by Transcendental Meditation,'' Alba told the latest issue of Shape Magazine. ''Everyone I know who does TM has this inner peace and a glow. I want that.''

ACTRESS, MODEL, AND BUSINESSWOMAN: Jessica Alba is the co-founder of eco-friendly consumer goods brand, The Honest Company, valued at $1 billion.

24 hours of happiness

''Which kind of happiness should you be focusing on?'' asks the best-selling author Ann Purcell in The Huffington Post.

After describing the three kinds of happiness outlined by the academic Martin Seligman, Purcell points to something different altogether.

''There is a field of happiness within everyone in the experience of transcendental consciousness - the most silent level of our mind. By regularly contacting this field, we spontaneously develop and stabilize a state of happiness that is independent of the outer ups and downs of life.

''Transcendental Meditation is a direct means to experience this transcendental consciousness, and research on Transcendental Meditation shows a growth in positivity in all aspects of life.''

''My sadness evaporated like smoke''

Janice Brown, a senior partner at Brown Law Group, writes in The Huffington Post how she was inspired to take up the practice of TM when listening to an audio book by Russell Simmons:

''I was extremely curious about Simmons's recommendation that his readers attempt Transcendental Meditation.

''What was so soothing about what I heard was how easy TM made meditation. I had 'practiced' meditation in the past, but would often fall asleep or end up thinking harder about something that I had desired to forget.''

Brown says that learning TM helped her leave behind a period of intense depression and sadness. ''One day, after meditating, I felt that I had gotten to my soul and the sadness was an imposter trying to quash my true self. Once, I got under the sadness, I was able to let it go. Frankly, letting go has been the best thing that has happened with meditation.''

Staying a step ahead of stress

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum
is a cardiologist and director of Women's Heart Health at the Heart and Vascular Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum shares her tips and advice on how to overtake stress before it overtakes you. She writes on The Dr. Oz Blog:

''Transcendental meditation (TM) is an effective way of moving the nervous system from overstimulated to calm. Incorporating 20 minutes twice a day into your life can help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and decrease the incidence of heart disease and stroke.

''Its benefits extend well beyond the 20 minutes of time dedicated to the practice.''

VIDEO: How to dedicate 20 minutes a day to TM

Like many of us, Tamron Hall of NBC's TODAY Show is starting the year off [January 2015] with an intention to get serious about meditation. She currently practices a focus meditation, but to ''take it up a notch'' she's decided to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. To share her journey with her viewers, she brought certified TM teacher John Butler on her morning show.

Why George Stephanopoulos wakes up at 2:15 every morning

When George Stephanopoulos greets viewers each weekday morning on ABC's Good Morning America at 7 a.m., he's been awake for a full five hours, the New York Times reports.

George Stephanopoulos is a television journalist working as the chief anchor for ABC News, co-anchor of ABC News' Good Morning America, and host of ABC's Sunday morning This Week.

There are plenty of studies that suggest that meditation activates parts of the brain related to stress relief, attention span, and memory processing.

It was this scientific evidence that convinced Stephanopoulos to give meditation a shot, specifically Transcendental Meditation. Now he can't live without it.

''It's the equivalent of a couple hours more sleep,'' Stephanopoulos says. ''I feel more space in my life even when it's not there.''

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