And breathe': police try mindfulness to beat burnout

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Police officers will be taught mindfulness techniques such as slower breathing during the eight-week course.
 Police officers will be taught mindfulness techniques such as slower breathing during the eight-week course. Photograph: Howard Barlow/Guardian

"The meditation has been really good, generally doing once a day."

Brian ~ Manchester

Dr Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher and author, attracting fans from across the globe including Bill Gates and Barack Obama. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is published in nearly forty languages worldwide, and his follow-up Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow was also a top ten bestseller.

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Technological disruption, ecological cataclysms, fake news and threats of terrorism make the 21st century a frightening prospect. Harari argues against sheltering in nostalgic political fantasies. He calls for a clear-sighted view of the unprecedented challenges that lie ahead.

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"I have really loved learning how to meditate, I'm already feeling the improvements especially physically in my neck & back"

Amy ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

"Good course.  I am sure it will be beneficial to me"

Malcolm ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

"Calmness and clarity of mind.  An excellent course, I really enjoyed it and felt that it was suited to everyone on the courses needs"

Nicola ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

"Enjoying the TM, I want to keep it up to see its impact"

Rick ~ Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear


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Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano and Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis.

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 Still meditating!

“Transcendental Meditation is very much a personal sense of space and clarity for me,” said McCartney. “It is one of the most liberating things that I can do to find clarity, mindfulness and well-being. It is an incredible concept, for humanity that allows you be a better person, be more productive, more thoughtful and more calm."

Stella Mccartney ~ WWD

"My boyfriend, Mike, passed your email address on to me as I would like to learn TM. You taught Mike in Edinburgh a couple of years ago and he now swears by it. I think it’s something I could benefit from greatly and was wondering if you could suggest a course for me in the coming months? I live in London but would in fact be quite keen to do a course outside of London. I notice that there is one coming up in Brighton - are there still spaces on this?"

Ann ~ London

"I learned TM with you back in 1998 and its probably the best thing I ever did.  Its been of so much help with dealing with stress and sleeping properly."

Peter ~ Northumberland

"I'm really enjoying meditating and feel like I'm getting huge benefits from the practice.
Thanks for teaching me the TM technique in Hale 3 years ago. It's helped me enormously, especially creatively on my path as a musician for the past year."
Shane ~ Manchester
"Me and Brian really enjoyed the course and are both meditating every day." 
Andy ~ Chorlton, Manchester

"I have been meditating twice a day and I have felt the power of it. I have never know twenty minutes to pass so quickly."

Oliver ~ North Yorks 

"The meditation is moving steadily along and each time it’s different, but in a positive way and I’m careful not to force things, but to let it develop naturally."

Cary ~ Richmond

"I’ve managed to do 20 minutes twice a day, and I definitely feel a benefit. I am feeling calmer generally and sleeping better. I look forward to those two daily sessions!! As someone who was heavily dependent on coffee first thing in the morning, there was one day that I did meditation then noticed well into the morning that I hadn’t had one cup of coffee!!!

Thanks again- this course was one of the best things I’ve gifted to myself!!!"

Mike ~ Edinburgh

"I am meditating once a day and it is helping,"

Jane ~ Richmond, North Yorks

After this months course in Ringwood

"Other methods haven't worked at all - this has been instant."

Nicola ~ Southampton

 "Just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you very much for this past weekend.  I have been surprised at how quickly I’m able to feel relaxed during the practice and it feels very meaningful to me.  Thank you again!!!! 

John ~ Edinburgh"

  • "Rich and I are still enjoying our daily TMs and all the benefits it brings our lifes! I would like to pay for my cousin to do your course as a present for her 50th birthday.

  • Teri ~ London

"I've found a way to meditate with a busy 8 nearly 9 month old.. if I sit in the playpen with her she can crawl around and play whilst not crying for me to get her out"

Lia ~ London

"I was taught TM back in 2002? ish - even when not practising 'all of the time', it is without doubt my 'go to' for everything."

Linda ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

"The meditation is going well here and I'm now on my 213th consecutive day (mostly with two 20 minute sessions)!" 

Stuart ~ Glasgow