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Transcendental Meditation Brings University Students Rapid and Profound Recovery from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Depression

A new study on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) found that Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought a group of university students in South Africa with PTSD below the threshold for PTSD. This same group showed significant recovery from depression. A comparison group with PTSD who did not learn TM showed no change in PTSD or depression levels over the 105 days of testing.

This new study has been published with 8 international authors in Psychological Reports.

Bandy, C, Dillbeck, M., Sezibera, V., Taljaard, L., de Reuck, J., Wilks, M., Shapiro, D., Peycke, R. (Psychological Reports. on-line: February, 2019) Reduction of PTSD in South African University Students Using Transcendental Meditation Practice. DOI: 10.1177/0033294119828036 link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0033294119828036

The summary may be found here: https://mailchi.mp/563e35b8e9fd/new-study-in-psychological-reportsreduction-of-ptsd-in-south-african-university-students-using-transcendental-meditation-practice-892273

So far, within 2 days, the following articles have been published commenting on this new study:

  1. EurekAlert!! Feb 19, 2019 Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/muom-nss021319.php
  2. Earth.com News Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help relieve PTSD symptoms. Link: https://www.earth.com/news/transcendental-meditation-ptsd-symptoms/
  3. ZME Science. Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation reduces PTSD in South African students. Link: https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/meditation-ptsd-4-023432/
  4. MD India. Feb 19, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Technique Can Reduce Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms. Link: https://www.medindia.net/news/transcendental-meditation-technique-can-reduce-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-185989-1.htm
  5. Flipboard. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students Link: https://flipboard.com/topic/spirituality
  6. 7thSpace. Feb 19, 2019. TitleNew study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students: Link: http://7thspace.com/headlines/741812/new_study_shows_transcendental_meditation_reduces_ptsd_in_south_african_college_students.html
  7. Brightsurf.com. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.brightsurf.com/news/article/021919476499/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students.html
  8. Counsel and Heal. Feb 19, 2019. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: https://www.counselheal.com/articles/39982/20190219/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-south-african-college.htm
  9. Medical News Today. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD L ink: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324501.php
  10. Medworm.com Feb 20, 2019. Title: New Study show Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African College Students. Link: https://medworm.com/671588674/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/
  11. Mental Daily. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation may be an effective treatment for PTSD. Link: http://www.mentaldaily.com/article/2019/02/transcendental-meditation-may-be-an-effective-treatment-for-ptsd/
  12. Healthy News: Chochiling stream group. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD. Link: https://chochilino.com/health-wellness/2019/02/20/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  13. News on Medical. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD. Link: http://newsonmedical.com/mental-health/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  14. Medical News. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Help Treat PTSD. Link: https://www.allmedicalnews.com/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  15. My Healthy XYZ. Feb 20, 2019. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Help Treat PTSD. Link: https://myhealthxyz.com/transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-ptsd/
  16. Health Problems News. Feb 20. Title: New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students. Link: http://healthproblemsnews.com/health-problems/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/
  17. UC News. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD Link: http://www.ucnews.in/news/Transcendental-meditation-can-help-treat-PTSD/1663871186003638.html
  18. Norwich Newsroom. Title: An Esteemed Mind Explores Mysteries of the Brain, Trauma, and Well-being Link: http://www.norwich.edu/news/news-feed/323-prof-carole-bandy-explores-mysteries-of-the-human-brain-trauma-and-well-being\
  19. Psych Central. Feb 20. Title: Transcendental Meditation Can Ease PTSD Symptoms in College Students Link: https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/02/21/transcendental-meditation-can-ease-ptsd-symptoms-in-college-students/143048.html
  20. Science Magazine. Feb 20. Title: New Study Shows Transcendental Meditation Reduces PTSD In South African College Students Link: https://scienmag.com/new-study-shows-transcendental-meditation-reduces-ptsd-in-south-african-college-students/

The study shows that both PTSD and depression fell below the non-symptomatic level for a group of students pracaticing TM, within 105 days of practice and the group became non-symptomatic for depression within 15 days of learning TM.

For contacting the researchers to help with future studies or to work on implementing projects in schools in at-risk communities, contact David Shapiro, davidshapiro@aptsdr.org

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Is College Bad For Your Brain?

How an epidemic of stress is overwhelming students — and what you can do about it

GLOBAL WEBCAST – PART 1

David Lynch Foundation and its Abramson Center for Peace along with Maharishi University of Management hosted this past weekend the second ChangeMakers: Disruptors Transforming the World for Good conference. This year’s event examined disruptive solutions to the epidemic of stress plaguing our college-aged students.

David Lynch again headlined a panel of distinguished thought leaders, and closed out the proceedings with a wonderful Q&A.

Watch the video here: https://www.mum.edu/changemakers-event-2019


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Being more productive: Transcendental Meditation

Arnold, a student at the University of London, wrote on https://londoninternational-blog.com/2018/12/05/being-more-productive-transcendental-meditation/:

“…It’s now been almost two months since I started meditating. 15-20 minutes in the morning and evening…. I can confidently confirm that meditation has given me more equanimity so far and, thereby, more focus on my current activities. In the past, I would have problems with staying focused on e.g. doing my readings for the course because other things and ideas would come up and distract me. Now, my ideas and inspiration come mostly during meditation (especially in the evening) and I often write down a good idea after the session. Therefore, I can be creative if I need to be and be focused respectively. I use this to do creative things in the evening and my University studies, including my readings, in the forenoon. …

…I can now confidently recommend Transcendental Meditation to everyone. It is scientifically proven to be beneficial for the reasons mentioned here and I have had very positive experiences myself. I believe it can help you in the same way it has helped me. Furthermore, it can reduce stress during upcoming exams and preparation. From my experience, stress and anxiety harm exam results enormously and by this logic, meditation can help us to improve in our studies and to be more productive.”

Arnold is studying BSc Economics and Finance by distance learning in Germany.

Read full blog here: https://londoninternational-blog.com/2018/12/05/being-more-productive-transcendental-meditation/


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How to create a permanent coherence group in a region

COHERENCE GROUP IN BEIRUT PRACTICING TM AND THE TM-SIDHI PROGRAMME TOGETHER IN A GROUP: Highly inspiring video! It is narrated in Arabic, but many charts are in English. It explains how a minimum of twenty daily participants in the program will work, whereby each participant will commit to one or two days per week and thus the permanent group of twenty will never be the same throughout the week.


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HOW KARMA WORKS

Have you ever wondered what karma is and how it works? Does it really matter how you act and what you say? Join Harvard- and MIT-trained neurologist Dr. Tony Nader, global expert in consciousness, and leader of the worldwide TM organizations, as he answers these and other questions about karma—the law of action and reaction.

Dr. Tony Nader has spent the last 40 years probing the deepest truths of life—both as a world-renowned medical doctor and brain researcher and as an expert in meditation, yoga, and consciousness.