Government leaders in England use TM technique to reduce stress, feel calmer, sleep better

Acute stress and deep fatigue are common features in the lives of government leaders everywhere. These factors take a negative toll, impacting health and the quality of leadership. William Hague, the current Foreign Secretary in a Conservative-Liberal Democrats coalition government, is among a growing number of government leaders to speak publicly about the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique for life in the political fast lane. Hague served as Leader of the Conservative Party from June 1997 to September 2001. Mr....more

TM & the effect of “ahimsa” in the Yoga Sutra

In the Yoga Sutras, the first of the eight limbs of yoga is called “yama”. Yama has five aspects, beginning with ahimsa, which means “non-injury” or “non-violence”.  Mahatma Gandhi made ahimsa famous when he mobilized all of India to free itself from British domination without firing a shot.  Martin Luther King, Jr., the head of the civil rights movement in the U.S., was one of many who were influenced by Gandhi and his use of ahimsa to achieve social change without violence....more

Giving your mind some healthy “downtime”

Recently, much has been written about our new “plugged-in” society. A recent feature story in the New York Times highlighted the potential dangers to healthy brain functioning that can result from the incessant use of our modern digital communication devices....more

The yoga sutra and deep meditation

While yoga  is generally understood in America to be a diverse array of bending and stretching exercises that originated in India, the word yoga has a much wider connotation, and includes sitting with the eyes closed in silent, deep meditation. In India, yoga is a state of mind, not just an exercise for the body.   The primary text on yoga is called the Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali. This text includes 195 short aphorisms, called sutras.  ...more

How Meditation Techniques Compare -- Zen, Mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation and more

Meditation shopping? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Yet millions of Americans are seeking tools to turn within. As a nation we've tried to fix our problems with everything from psychotherapy and Prozac to positive thinking and politics. Now people everywhere are ready to close their eyes and take a dive -- not to escape, but to more fully be.   Having lectured on meditation for 25 years, I find that audiences no longer need to be convinced of meditation's practical benefits. But people do often ask, "Aren't all meditation techniques basically the same?"  ...more

Meditating veterans experience reduced PTSD symptoms

Like so many others his age, David George enlisted in the U.S. Army with a desire to serve his country. “It’s what I always wanted to do, so I went down to the recruiter and signed up.”...more

Samadhi is the beginning, not the end of Yoga

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Supermodel Ali Stephens: modeling and meditation

Millions have seen her but few know her name. This is the ironic reality of the gifted, young, fashion supermodel Ali Stephens, who uses the Transcendental Meditation technique as a tool for success. In three short years, Stephens has gone from open call, beginner to exclusive Paris feature; from awkward high school teen to a clothing designer’s dream. Discovered by an Elite Model Management scout while shopping with her family, the Salt Lake City resident was initially hesitant about a life in the glamour biz of fashion....more

Moby is Cool

  In case anyone out there is not aware, Moby is cool (at least in my 30-something language!). He makes good music, makes people laugh, practices meditation, and lends his time and talents to good causes....more