Rav ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

"More energy, efficiency & clarity of thought all day."

Paul ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

"More energetic most of day, wish I'd learned 15 years ago"  

Andrew ~ Consett

"Clearer mind.  The course was superb, really enjoyed. I must say Tuesday night (after the meeting) and Wednesday morning were my most profound meditations yet. "   "  

Paul ~ Gateshead

"Happy, calm, focused"  

Patricia ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

"Able to manage many tasks very calmly"  

Carly ~ Sunderland

"Absolutely I do still do TM- not as much as I'd like - we've had a really hectic few years.  TM definitely helped but as I said I ought to do it more. There are times when I am so chuffed I have it as a skill - it works wonders in taking the edge off and more when you're knackered or stressed."

Viv ~ Newcastle upon Tyne

"I cannot believe it's ten years! Wow where has that gone. I'm still so glad I learnt TM it has been invaluable to me, I do slip sometimes but always feel better when I have been practising."

Emily ~ Manchester

"I had been hoping to make the meeting on Sunday but alas family responsibilities have scuppered me. TM has been going well though." 
Will ~ Edinburgh

"I'm working that Sunday so will be unable to come along to the meeting but do keep me in the loop with any other meetings that come up

Still meditating with only a few days missed so going well still"

Kate ~ Edinburgh

"Still meditating with only a few days missed so going well still" 

Kate ~ Edinburgh


We all know what makes us fat: eating more in calories than we burn off in energy. But though this is true, it doesn't answer the more interesting question - why do we overeat in the first place?

Why do I sometimes feel compelled to eat that bit of cake or bar of chocolate although I know I am going to regret it a few minutes later?

Is it just greed - or is something else going on?

Although self-control is important, there is mounting evidence that stress plays a significant part in weight gain.


One of billionaire Ray Dalio's key success principles is having a "radical open-mindedness" to new ideas.

Dalio has meditated almost every day since 1969 and says it's had a tremendous impact on him. "It gives you an equanimity, a centeredness, a calmness — so that you can thoughtfully deal with things in a better way without being emotionally hijacked."

While there are tons of books on meditation, he recommends this recent one by psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, which gives an overview of Transcendental Meditation and its many benefits.

Meditation is "very powerful," he says. "It gave me an equilibrium that really helped me."

Allardyce cured his touchline rage with 'transcendental meditation' technique 


Everton manager Sam Allardyce has revealed how meditation cured his touchline rage

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has revealed how meditation cured his touchline rage

"My practice continues daily and my New Years resolution is to maintain two 20 min sessions a day."

Wendy ~ Highlands, Scotland

"Calmness" ~ Margaret

"Calmness" ~ Chris

"Calmness" ~ Ralph

"Felt more energised & efficient at work" ~ Pete

"Top notch" ~ Gareth

"So far so good, more in depth then I anticipated and the first session was remarkable - I didn't think I'd be meditating on my own for 10 minutes so quickly.  Lots to take in & absorb, but fascinating.  Very much enjoying it all, feel very inspired to continue"

Wendy ~ York

"David is doing very well, hardly any headaches.  We have kept up the meditation almost every day, I’m sure this is helping him."

Eileen ~ Havant  (2 years after TM course in Ringwood, Hants.)

"I am continuing with TM which is very beneficial." 

Geof ~ Harrogate  (4 months after York TM course)



Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds. That is what we need to wake up to’

By taking the Buddhism out of the practice, Kabat-Zinn pioneered a meditative approach used all over the world to treat pain and depression. He talks about Trump, ‘McMindfulness’ and how a 10-second vision in 1979 led to a change in the world’s consciousness

Meditation may help lower heart disease risk

Research we're watching


The ancient, mind-calming practice of meditation may have a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. So says a scientific statement from the American Heart Association in the Sept. 28, 2017, Journal of the American Heart Association.

Experts reviewed dozens of studies published over the past two decades. The results suggest that meditation may improve a host of factors linked to heart disease, including stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep quality, and high blood pressure. It may also help people stop smoking. An added bonus: it's low-cost and poses no apparent risk.

You can learn meditation by taking a class (check your local community center or yoga studios) or watching an online video. The practice typically involves quiet, focused attention, during which you close your eyes while sitting comfortably. You then direct your consciousness to your breathing, an object, or a word or phrase known as a mantra. Mindfulness meditation encourages you to focus on the present moment. Transcendental meditation uses techniques that encourage the mind to "transcend" thoughts. About 8% of adults in the United States say they practice some form of meditation.

"In the meantime I will keep meditating. I’m not thinking about it, I’m just doing it and it seems to be going well… I enjoy doing it anyhow!"

Hilary ~ York

"I do still do TM and believe it is beneficial to me in a number of ways. I do one session each day (not the two you advocate, but I have settled into the routine of one per day well and have it thoroughly integrated into my daily rhythms).

It certainly makes me calmer and I much more 'look before I leap' than I did in earlier times."

Andy ~ York

'Western society is chronically sleep deprived': the importance of the body clock"

The 2017 Nobel prize for medicine was awarded for the discovery of how our circadian rhythms are controlled. But what light does it shed on the cycle of life?