https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201601/meditation-reduces-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms

Meditation Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

Transcendental Meditation can reduce PTSD symptoms and use of medications.
Posted Jan 13, 2016
A new study reports that regular practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to reduce, or even eliminate, their use of psychotropic medications (link is external) and to better control the often-debilitating symptoms of PTSD.SHARE

“More energy, more clarity, more positive, better less troubled sleep.  Good course, good blend of practice, shared experience and advice based on experience”

John ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

“Calmness, definitely helped me relax my mind.  Now to schedule this into daily life”

Steven ~ East Yorks

“Felt more alert throughout day”

Ryan ~ Alnwick, Northumberland

“Absolutely brilliant, better than anticipated, definite increase in happiness, clarity and energy”

Fiona  ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

“Happier, more energy”

Lisa ~  Sunderland

“Calmer.  Very good.  Good understanding of TM”

Bill ~ Alnwick, Northumberland

“Motivated, more tolerant etc etc”

Chloe ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

“Calm, relaxed, paced.  Peace within, calmness”

Martin ~ Sunderland

" I found the course very effective, informative and painless.  I feel I've found something wonderful; a quiet, comfortable place within that is always there for me whenever I need to recharge or clear my mind"

Seb ~ Bournemouth

"It has been an absolute God send introducing TM to Lisa it really helps and she looks forward to the meditation time so it is the best money I ever spent !

I have also made amendments to my daily  processes and am managing to meditate regularly - half the week at least once and the other half twice so all good

I have slowed down my pace and allowed more me time

Thanks for everything"	Denise ~ Liverpool

"I did the TM course in Edinburgh with you in May 2012 (I live in Sweden). Just thought I'd say hi and give you a recap on how I am doing after receiving your e-mail with tips and course dates.
I have meditated at least once almost every day since then (I can count the few days I didn't with my hands), and just on my own I have gone about doing it the way you describe in your 3 tips - a nice confirmation that I maximise my meditation possibilities in every day life! I have had great benefits:
I worry less, I mostly sleep like a log at night, time management/perception of time during the day is in my favour in the sense that I don't have to flap, but get things done anyway without running out of time. I handle pressure at work in a way that sometimes I wonder if I'm a bit detached for not freaking out more. Oh, and I think I crave less unhealthy food/sweets!
I used to get very frequent migraines with aura before I started meditating (monthly), in the 3 years I have meditated it has happened 3 times. This is also interesting frome a more severe physical health perspective, as I read that people prone to migraines are more likely to get strokes at a young age - meditation has minimized this correlation for me. I also often used to get cold sores from stress - since 2012 I have had them 3 times in 3 years.
So I want to thank you and the Meditation Trust (again!) for sharing this technique that really has changed things for me in ways that are so evident (subjective well being is hard to measure, improved symptoms and health issues are obvious).
I would love for my partner to do the course too, he is interested but can't find the time in his busy schedule. I keep telling him that for health you have to MAKE the time or it won't happen...
All the best for 2016!" Lea ~ Sweden

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35230370

There are more than 30 million commuters in Great Britain, and for many people the journey to work can take up a huge amount of their time.

A BBC Breakfast survey shows almost a quarter of people find travelling to their jobs stressful.

Those who use public transport feel the strain more than most, the findings reveal.

But which mode of transport is the best way to get around, and most relaxing?

The BBC's Tim Muffett reports.

"I often TM on the London underground or bus!".

- Tara, Lawyer, London

"I have really enjoyed the course and so glad I came"

Kathleen ~ Fife

"Really happy with the course and the support.  Feel happy with what I've learnt so far and feel confident about meditating"

Caroline ~ Edinburgh

"Very good - very different from my previous experiences of meditation and what's expected.  Really looking forward to practising long-term."

Allison ~ Edinburgh

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/nov/24/san-franciscos-toughest-schools-transformed-meditation

One of San Francisco's toughest schools transformed by the power of meditation
A pioneering programme has reduced stress and improved grades at Visitacion Valley middle school – with lessons for the UK
THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY ANNA LEACH


 

 

"Calm, relaxed, excited, anticipating, cosy inside." Allison ~ Dunfermline

* "The biggest difference for me was mindfulness (for someone in chronic pain) brought my attention inside my body whereas transcendental meditation freed me from it. For me, mindfulness was a stepping stone to transcendental meditation."  ~  Kayleigh

"Mindfulness requires much effort on  the part of the participant, TM requires little effort and I felt immediate benefits: relaxation, joy and deep healing. TM works! ~  Rifa

"I tried and enjoyed mindfulness as a guinea-pig in a research group - but it never felt like "the answer" to my over-active brain. I am intrinsically rather lazy and it always required effort yet left me slightly disappointed. And had no lasting effect afterwards

After learning TM I actually laughed out loud, after my first practise at home, with the joy of the fact that at last here was something that fully worked for me - and yet was the simplest and easiest of processes. I wanted to tell the whole world!

I describe it to friends as the best way of releasing the build-up of thoughts and tensions and worries, restoring calm and peace in the mind. So instead of ongoing build-up day after day you are constantly returning to a calm starting point and so things never get too much for you. And each time it leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to go. Almost as if you have had a restorative nap of deep sleep.

For me the main difference was in having a mantra and therefore not constantly and consciously struggling to clear the mind and disregard distractions - and consistently "failing". And in the lack of "rules" about breathing technique or sitting position! You are given freedom in every way rather than having to follow a prescribed pattern

Sometimes you virtually stop breathing for a bit as you relax so much that you almost fall asleep and then the body automatically wakes you by sighing deeply. And that is how it is "meant" to be, rather than a failure.

With TM you are given the absolute freedom to sit where and how you please (just be comfortable) to allow thoughts in and to not worry in the slightest but simply re-start the process when you become aware it has drifted away!

It is 20 minutes of priceless positivity!" ~  Tilly

Dear Sir, Madam,

I took up TM in Antwerp last Saturday. I can't believe the effects I've already experienced during this less than a week of meditation. I'm so enthusiastic that I've told my family and two of my friends whom I think could also be interested. Much as they are attracted by the idea of TM, and its potential benefits, they all balk at the expense, which in the Antwerp branch of the Mahadishi Foundation, where I followed my course, is €900. I coincidentally discovered your website when looking up more information on TM, so I can share it with my family and friends. My question is: does the Meditation Trust have a branch in Antwerp, or anywhere in Flanders/Belgium? Or do you know of any fellow TM associations that offer decent TM courses at a more affordable price than the Mahadishi Foundation?
Thank you in advance for your reply.

Sincerely

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So here I am, just turned 60 and like so many of our friends and contemporaries, we are starting to have to work on keeping fit and healthy.

I am not overweight (13 stone and 6 feet tall), male, when I last looked, and a regular exerciser with mountain biking, gym use and golf as my keep fit things to do.

However I have been dogged by high blood pressure for a few years at about 150 over 90 as an average level. With a history of heart disease in the family and a brother and sister with the same complaint, it was time to do something. So after the third set of blood pressure pills I started to look for something new. The pills made me feel very odd so the normal search on the web ensued.

How about Transcendental Meditation (TM), lots of articles about the benefits to wellbeing and blood pressure and reductions in hypertension?

So I was sceptical. Was it all “whale music and joss sticks”, mumbo jumbo and kaftans. I registered with a qualified teacher here in Guildford. Private consultation with a man in a suit and tie, a reasonable fee to be paid after the first free consultation. No kaftans in sight.

What is involved? Just a simple, stress free technique to calm your mind and reduce tension. It needs some work to get right but practice makes perfect. It is meant to be easy and stress free and it is. 20 minutes a day night and morning.

The results:

  1. A reduction in blood pressure.
  2. A more focussed approach to work tasks with a clearer head all day. You will make up the time spent in your day by clearer more efficient thinking.
  3. Most beneficial though is am much improved sleep pattern. 7 or 8 hours a night, no problem, with no long periods awake at 4 a.m., any more.

I read about the explosion in insomnia in the UK, up fivefold from the early 90’s. Maybe partially due to the explosion in caffeine consumption (by chance up fivefold from the early 1990’s), but certainly due to the hectic and pressured working lives we are now expected to lead. So try this simple technique, do try to learn it form someone properly qualified. It will help with insomnia and hypertension if you take it seriously and put some time in. It really can sort your problems out with no horrid drugs to cope with.

Written by Clive

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Clive
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A father of two grown up boys and happily married, and enjoying life to the full! Just turned 60 and feeling great ... l really enjoy golf, mountain biking and going to the gym. Get the odd bout of gout and swear by cherry juice as a natural cure, and now I have just discovered Transcendental Meditation.

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/oct/24/want-to-learn-faster-stop-multitasking-and-start-daydreaming?CMP=fb_gu


Want to learn faster? Stop multitasking and start daydreaming

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains how students can avoid letting social media and multitasking ruin their study time

Make time to let your mind wander

Healthy breaks can hit the reset button in your brain, restoring some of the glucose and other metabolic nutrients used up with deep thought. A healthy break is one in which you allow your brain to rest, to loosen its grip on your thoughts.

Activities that promote mind-wandering, such as reading literature, going for a walk, exercising, or listening to music, are hugely restorative. Many students find that a work-break cycle of 25 minutes work followed by five minutes rest, or even two hours of work followed by 15 minutes of rest promotes efficiency to the extent that they get back the time they spent resting, and then some. A 15 minute nap is even better.

"Happier, refreshed, switched on. A lot calmer and focused, more efficient with tasks.  Really pleased I decided to try it, possibly the best thing I have done."

Glen ~ Washington, Tyne & Wear

It all started about a year ago when a friend took a five-day course in the Oprah-approved practice of transcendental meditation (TM). “You’ve got to try it,” she told me. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

One editor's experience.
STYLECASTER.COM

 

"It's been wonderful, definitely calmer, happier, a general sense of well-being for large parts of the day.  I am excited at the thought of being able to have learnt something which I can imagine will help me cope better with the daily grind!  I would & will recommend it to others"

Karen ~ Wimborne, Dorset

"Excellent course - Interesting and enjoyable and instilled a wish to continue TM for the rest of my life"

Trish ~ Bournemouth, Dorset

"Really enjoyable course, very well structured and presented.  I feel I have been fully instructed in TM and how to meditate and am sure that my meditating will go from strength to strength with regular practice"

Doreen ~ Christchurch, Dorset.

"I would try meditations because I knew that there was something there for me in meditation, but every time that I would try and do it, I was just like 'I cannot meditate,'" she said during a David Lynch Foundation gathering about trying other forms of meditation before learning Transcendental Meditation (TM). Diaz said a friend recommended TM to her: "I learned and it was exactly what I needed. The thing that blew me away the most about it was that it was the easiest thing that I had ever done. Not the easiest meditation, but the easiest thing I have ever learned."

Researchers say taking forty winks in the middle of the day could reduce blood pressure and stave off heart attacks.

The findings of the study were unveiled at a conference of the European Society of Cardiology.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34101263

“I wish I had found out about this years ago. Meditating helps me to be calm and go down to stiller and quieter waters. The best money we have ever spent.”

Sarah ~ London