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Military Vets See Benefits Of Transcendental Meditation On PTSD

Victoria Kim, The Fix
TM has even been found to reduce the reliance on psychotropic medication for some veterans.

It’s helped Jerry Seinfeld. Martin Scorsese. And more recently, Lindsay Lohan, who said she found peace through the practice while on a Monday (Feb. 20) appearance on The View. Its star-studded roster of devotees may make Transcendental Meditation (TM) seem like a gimmick.

But among its greatest proponents are military veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, who say TM has dramatically changed their lives for the better.

The TM practice, 20 minutes twice per day, “takes users from a level of active thinking to a state of inner quietness that reduces levels of stress hormones and activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which drives the so-called fight-or-flight response by increasing heart rate and blood pressure,” according to a 2016 press release by the Medical College of Georgia.
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“Can meditation change the world? The amazing story of the ‘meditating president Joaquim Chissano’”   Leave a comment

Steve Taylor, Psychology Today

Joaquim Chissano with UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Joaquim Chissano with UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Excerpt: In 1992, he (Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique) learned Transcendental Meditation. Quickly becoming aware of the benefits of the practice himself, he taught it to his family, then his cabinet ministers and his wider government. In 1994, it became a requirement for all military and police recruits to meditate twice a day, for 20 minutes.

Chissano himself is in no doubt that this collective meditation was responsible for the peace and increasing prosperity of the country. As he said, ‘The result has been political peace and balance in nature in my country…The culture of war has to be replaced by the culture of peace. For that purpose, something deeper has to be changed in our mind and in our consciousness to prevent the recurrence of war.’

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Posted December 28, 2016 by Charles in Leadership Performance, Living in Harmony, People

Spiritual quest led Paul Horn to his serene sound   Leave a comment

The Globe and Mail July 25, 2014
Paul HornA jazz musician’s search for spiritual enlightenment led him to an ashram in India, where he befriended the Beatles. When a plan to film the band fell through, Paul Horn travelled to Agra, where he played his flute within the echoing majesty of the Taj Mahal.

The resulting recording was intended originally for friends. Instead, his label released it as a long-playing record. Inside has sold one million copies, boosting a new genre of music and gaining for Mr. Horn a reputation as a founding father of New Age music.

Mr. Horn, who died on June 29 after a brief illness, moved to British Columbia in 1970, by which time the acclaimed jazz musician had begun melding his experience with Transcendental Meditation into his performances. He spoke often of the benefits of meditation, performing at countless benefit concerts for non-profit groups.

He toured both China and the Soviet Union at a time when the leaderships of both countries were suspicious of jazz as a subversive force. He followed the Taj Mahal recording with similar performances at other sacred sites.

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Posted August 16, 2014 by Charles in Living in Harmony, People

Super Model Raquel Zimmermann on Transcendental Meditation

Super Model Raquel ZimmermannGerman Brazilian super-model Raquel Zimmermann tells women and girls how the Transcendental Meditation technique woke up her brain, her relationships, her energy, her health, and her bliss. Raquel Zimmermann has already been for some years at the very top of the fashion world. In a recent video, she spoke, completely natural, without makeup, about what Transcendental Meditation brought to her, about inner beauty, more orderly thinking, quit smoking, and enjoying life in general. Click on image below to open the video.

Posted November 11, 2013 by tm4moscow in Living in Harmony, People

New Statesman: David Lynch on meditation: Heaven is a place on earth

New Statesman: David Lynch IllustrationTranscending is the only experience in life that gives total brain coherence. Any other thing we do utilises different small parts of the brain, this small part for painting, another small part for mathematics, that small part for playing the piano.

Posted November 1, 2013 by tm4moscow in David Lynch Foundation, Living in Harmony

GQ Magazine: The Totally Stressed-Out Man’s Guide to Meditation

guide-to-meditation-gq-magazine-september-2013-01The most successful, innovative men alive do it. Overworked, very, very busy (and insanely rich) hedge-fund managers swear by it. So the question is: Should you cross your legs, close your eyes, and join in?

Here are a few things Jerry Seinfeld and I have in common: We both wear sneakers far more often than grown men should. We both adore the New York Mets and thus subject ourselves to undue misery. And we both sit quietly for twenty minutes twice a day, attempting to calm our minds.

Seinfeld, presumably, is far better at it than I am. He’s been practicing Transcendental Meditation, or TM, for more than forty years. I’ve only recently taken it up.

Transcendental Meditation, if you’re not aware, is having something of a moment. Despite being 5,000 years old and in the public consciousness at least since 1968 (when the Beatles traveled to India, took up meditating, and were so mind-blown that they wrote the White Album), TM spent most of the past half century out on the hippie fringe. If people thought anything about it, it was that TM was weird and maybe kind of cultish. But a dedicated core of reasonable people have been practicing it all along, and their ranks keep swelling, so TM is now following the path of yoga—another import from India, once marginalized as a trifle for tempeh enthusiasts—into the mainstream, where it can safely be sampled by even self-conscious, risk-averse people like me.

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Posted September 10, 2013 by tm4moscow in Leadership Performance, Living in Harmony

Singing with Passion and Joy, An Interview with Brenda Boozer, Metropolitan Opera Soloist

Brenda Boozer, Metropolitan Opera SoloistTM Magazine, September 2013
By Linda Egenes
What skills does it take to become an opera star? Enormous discipline, acting ability, emotional stability, concentration, focus, and constant study of Italian, German, French, and Russian languages, to name a few. Not to mention a highly trained singing voice that can span three octaves and project over a 90-piece orchestra, reaching the back of a hall of 4,000 people without the use of a microphone.

Meditation heals the very core of your being and allows self-healing. Then you’re coming from a healed, whole place of light. When you meditate twice a day, you start to feel that every area of your life changes in a beautiful way—there’s more kindness, more patience, more love. Brenda Boozer, Metropolitan Opera Soloist

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Posted September 4, 2013 by tm4moscow in Living in Harmony, People