Meditation practice may decrease risk for cardiovascular disease in teens
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Half of the group was trained in transcendental meditation and asked to meditate for 15 minutes with a class and 15 minutes at home for a four-month period. The other half was exposed to health education on how to lower blood pressure and risk for ...

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Tough guy Mike Gluchowski balked at even the thought of meditation. — But as he looked at his dozen prescription medications for his chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by a career in law enforcement in New York City, the New Port Richey, Fla., resident was willing to try something new.

PHOTO: Annie Okerlin owns Yogani Studios in Tampa, Fla., and teaches yoga and meditation classes to injured veterans.
Annie Okerlin owns Yogani Studios in Tampa, Fla., and teaches yoga and meditation classes to injured veterans. "The body wants to feel the positive; it doesn't want to feel upset," she notes. (SHNS photo by Edmund D. Fountain / Tampa Bay Times)

"I don't know how or why it works -- I don't want to know or care," Gluchowski says. "The results I've had have been totally incredible."

This weeks testimonial on TM & its benefits :

'At a time when we are bombarded by information, communication and constant background noise, it comes as blessed relief that something called TM exists. It's free and it's yours and it's as natural as breathing itself! I learned TM because I needed a coping mechanism from the stresses of life that was free from jargon, gimmicks or false promises. What I received was a complete lifestyle change ....'
'There are so many benefits to TM. Cravings for alcohol and nicotine vanish naturally. Bad habits and negative routines can be broken. You are calmer and you are better equipped to deal with setbacks and problems. You are more focused in daily activities and your relationships improve.You can actually lose weight, too!'


Steve, Headteacher, Newcastle upon Tyne.

"I thought you would be pleased to hear another positive testimonial attributed to TM I believe. I use an iPhone app that tracks my levels of sleep each night, i.e. light/REM, awake and deep sleep. For months the stats have shown that I fluctuate between light and awake all night and very rarely go into a deep sleep or stay in it for any length of time. Last night I fell into the deep sleep stage and stayed in it all night! I am delighted." Julie, Edinburgh


"I can honestly say that the TM has made a instant impact as I now feel a lot calmer, Only problem at the moment is I want to meditate more than the twice a day as I feel so good after it. However I know if I keep to the twice a day its more than enough for my needs." Norman, Saltburn.


"I do believe that TM is going to have a big impact on my everyday life and I can tell that the meditation I have been doing so far is having effect. On the plane home to Sweden I also meditated "in public" for the first time and it went really well - the time on a flight never passed so quickly before!" Lea, Sweden.

Continuing with our series "All kinds of people meditate!" Most of these are I think in the US, but from the experience of teaching TM for 35 years, I know the same is true in the UK.

14 Executives Who Swear By Meditation

Jhaneel Lockhart and Melanie Hicken | May 9, 2012, 2:40 PM | 17,753 | 7
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CEOs have stressful jobs, and some have taken to intense hobbies to find solace from the daily grind.  Some practice meditation—or even Transcendental Meditation, a mantra-based technique derived about 50 years ago from ancient Indian practices.

We've compiled a list of leaders who say that meditating gives them an edge in the competitive business world. Some have even built it into their company's culture.

“You don’t need to be stressed to do Transcendental Meditation, but it helps!”   Terrible joke, and  there are a huge variety of reasons why people take up meditation, but there is no doubt that one of the things TM has become most well known for, is as an incredibly effective way of managing stress.

Continuing in a series of weekly testimonials on peoples experiences of the benefits of practicing meditation.

“A few years ago I was under a lot of stress (over used word, but that was how it felt) the GP found high blood pressure and prescribed medication. I was running three companies in Newcastle.   Co-incidently I read an article in the Daily Telegraph by Dr. Sarah Brewer recommending TM for blood pressure at the same time the Journal Business magazine contained an article about TM and teacher Mr Chris Greathead and again blood pressure was mentioned as one of the benefits. My wife and I contacted Chris and were invited to a meeting along with other interested people. We decided to learn. A few weeks later my blood pressure was normal and I was taken off the medication.
It was not obvious to me but, if I did not meditate for a few days, my mood must have changed because my daughter (involved in the business) would notice and tell me, in no uncertain terms, to start meditating again!
Now (almost) retired and I do not have the pressures I used to have but still enjoy meditation.
I am trying to learn to play an instrument, if I can meditate before a lesson I think it helps, seems to sharpen the mind and aid concentration.
Learning TM is one of the best things we have done, it has brought benefits to mind and body, it is an easy technique when taught properly with life changing results.”

David,  Morpeth, Northumberland

Welcome to our first TM Independent blog where we hope to have something significant to say!

After 40 years of teaching TM (the last 22 independently) it still amazes me at how difficult it is to actually describe TM.  The worst thing about Transcendental Meditation is undoubtedly its name,  it makes people want to run a mile.  The best thing about TM is that it actually works & anybody can do it.

Most people hear the word “meditation” and immediately  think : “concentration, empty the mind”  =  difficult!  This isn’t helped by the fact that most media coverage on meditation (including TM) usually includes a photo of a young woman sitting in a yogic posture in some idyllic place.

In fact TM genuinely is the simplest thing anybody can or ever will do & really is effortless, not involving any concentration or emptying of the mind.  Thinking, the nature of the mind to have thoughts, is an entirely natural part of the experience of Transcendental Meditation and in reality thousands of people in the UK do their meditation daily on the bus, train, tube on their way to and from work.

On every single TM course we teach, whether as in this year so far, in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Ringwood (Hants) New Forest or York, people say the same thing when they are about to learn : “I've got a very busy mind”.

This is followed at the end of the first learning session by : “I can’t believe how easy it is”

Comments like the one below sum it up :

"I’ve studied meditation for years and found it to be beneficial to my overall health and mental well-being. Whilst using lots of different techniques I’ve found TM is the simplest and easiest to pick up and integrate into our busy lives."

Russell,   IT developer,   Oxford,