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“Proof That Group Meditation Can Change The World”

An article on “PeacefulWarrriors.net“: Meditation has the potential to literally transform the world. In 1978, what is known as the “Maharishi Effect” took place when a group of 7000 individuals over the course of 3 weeks were meditating in hopes of positively effecting the surrounding city. They were able to literally transform the collective energy of the city which reduced global crime rates, violence, and casualties during the times of their meditation by an average of 16%. Suicide rates and automobile accidents also were reduced with all variables accounted for. In fact, there was a 72% reduction in terrorist activity during the times at which this group was meditation. …

Read more at http://peacefulwarriors.net/proof-that-group-meditation-can-change-the-world/


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Inspiring photos from International Yoga Day

See http://mashable.com/2015/06/21/photos-international-yoga-day/ and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3133167/That-s-LOT-downward-dogs-Incredible-photos-millions-people-world-taking-International-Day-Yoga-army-prime-minister-involved.html and http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/guardianwitness-blog/gallery/2015/jun/22/international-yoga-day-readers-pictures

PM Narendra Modi said in his speech inaugurating the IYD in Delhi:
“This is the beginning of a new era. I bow down to the sages who encouraged Yoga through centuries,” he said.
“Everything is moving forward, we dont want the situation where humans are lagging behind. Just making a body flexible, turning body into shapes is not yoga. Else everyone in a circus would be a yogi. Mind, intellect, body and soul, all have to be in sync.”
“We are not only celebrating a day but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace, goodwill. This is a programme for manav kalyan (benefit of man), a tension free world and a programme to spread the message of goodwill.”

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-live-did-anyone-imagine-rajpath-will-become-yogapath-pm-narendra-modi-on-international-yoga-day-2097429

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Quiet Time and Transcendental Meditation at Aspire Ollin Preparatory Academy

This video features the Transcendental Meditation and Quiet Time program at Aspire Ollin Preparatory Academy which began in 2012. Its goal is to reduce stress and improve learning ability.

Jennifer Garcia, Principal: “Everybody who walks through this door to serve kids, really believes in their heart that they are serving kids.”

Keith Drucker, 8th Grade Humanities Teacher: “Kids have a lot going on these days. Stress is definitely a factor in whether they’re learning or not learning. Our goal is to show that our students are as capable as any other individual.”

Betzaida, student: “My anxiety has reduced, and now if you look at my grades, I have A’s. Mostly A’s and two B’s.”

Andrea, student: “I used to get very nervous for tests, and headaches. With TM, I see a difference: I’m calmer, I feel better.”

Dalilah: “I do dance, I sing, act, model. TM helps me manage all that. I get the rest I need and it helps me focus in class.”

Darnell: “I used to feel like people will mess with me and I get distracted. Since I learned TM, I feel peaceful and calm. I’m participating now.”

Keith: “Since they started TM, they get our goal, and they want to do their best.”

Katie Spencer, 7th Grade Education Specialist: “Having a calmer class, and having a calmer teacher is always good.”

Timothy Gomez, 9th Grade Writing Teacher: “Anyone will tell you, behavior has been amazing since they brought the Quiet Time program.”

To learn more, visit: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/


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The Healing Power of Transcendental Meditation

By William T. Hathaway

I suffered a brain injury at birth. An EEG test showed chaotic, abnormal brain waves, and in school I had attention deficit disorder. I couldn’t concentrate and my thoughts were cloudy. My grades were mediocre, and I flunked out of my first university. I wanted to become a writer, but my writing was disorganized and unclear. In despair I took marijuana and other drugs, but they made my thoughts even foggier.

Then I started Transcendental Meditation. My thoughts became clearer, and I didn’t want drugs anymore. I could concentrate. And I could write. One of my essays gained me entrance to a much better university, Columbia in New York City, and this time my grades were so good I received a scholarship. My first novel won a Rinehart Foundation Award, and I became a professor of creative writing. I’ve now published eight books and many shorter pieces.

My EEG now shows normal, orderly brain waves with no sign of damage. TM healed my birth injury and gave me access to my talent and mental abilities. Without meditation, this change would not have occurred.

How did it happen? Physiologists have discovered that during Transcendental Meditation nourishing blood flow to the brain increases by 20%. Our brain waves become more coherent, synchronizing and coordinating across both hemispheres, an indication of more integrated mental functioning. The whole brain becomes more activated, and that gives us access to more of our potential. In the blood stream arginine vasopressin, a hormone that improves memory and learning ability, increases, as do serotonin and melatonin, hormones that indicate relaxation and well being. Adrenalin, cortisol, blood lactate, and blood pressure decrease, indicating lessened anxiety. The effortless process of TM produces mental and physical rest that is twice as deep as in sleep, although we’re fully awake. This rejuvenating state enables the body’s self-healing mechanism to repair the damage from traumatic events and illnesses. With these blockages gone we are more able to develop our full capabilities.

Physiological studies published in independent peer-reviewed journals indicate that TM creates this state of deep rest and removes these stress blockages more effectively than other forms of meditation: http://www.truthabouttm.org/truth/TMResearch/ComparisonofTechniques/index.cfm.

Research on the physiological changes: http://www.truthabouttm.org/truth/TMResearch/TMResearchSummary/SummaryContinued/index.cfm – physiology.

More information on the effects of TM on attention deficit disorder: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/schools.html.

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William T. Hathaway’s new book, Lila, the Revolutionary, is a fable for adults about an eight-year-old Indian girl who sparks a world revolution for social justice. Chapters are posted on www.amazon.com/dp/1897455844. A selection of his writing is available at www.peacewriter.org.


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Women in the Media Who Meditate

women-in-the-media-who-meditateWomen in the Media Who Meditate
Overcoming Stress, Raising Performance, Promoting Work-Life Balance
Thursday, April 16, 2015 • 12:00 noon to 2:30pm
583 Park Avenue, New York City

Thousands of women professionals in New York City are enjoying the benefits of the easy-to-learn, evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for overcoming stress, improving performance, and enhancing work-life balance in their lives. This Business Luncheon Roundtable will provide an excellent introduction to the TM technique—for yourself, your family, and your company or organization—from eight extraordinary women in the media who meditate. We hope you can attend.

All proceeds from the luncheon will help provide the TM technique to women and girls in New York City who are victims of violence and abuse. ….

Full invitation: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/women-business-luncheon

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