Can meditation stop me getting angry?

April 10, 2010

A few months ago, I tore up a copy of Grazia and spat on it because I had decided my byline was too small. So a friend, who witnessed the assault, suggested I try meditation. “It might help you with your anger,” she said, observing the drool dribbling over my chin and on to the magazine. “But I like living my life in homage to An American Werewolf in London,” I replied. “No, you don’t,” she said. “And I have seen you shouting at buses.”

It seems that meditation does have health benefits, particularly for neurotics with anger and anxiety issues such as myself. This week American academics published the results of their research into … Read more »

Moby on meditation

February 8, 2010

Moby has spoken out in favour of Transcendental Meditation, or TM, as it’s often abbreviated to. He explained that he had avoided it for a long time because it “scared the shit” out of him, saying “I thought that TM involved ritual animal sacrifice and moving to some country and renouncing wealth and materialism”.

He continued: “One of the things that impressed me so much about TM when I finally learned it was its simplicity. It’s a simple practice that calms the mind… and the thing that won me over about TM, apart from having my hero David Lynch as its vocal practitioner, was its effectiveness. Nothing else helped me quiet my mind and go … Read more »

From incarceration to meditation in Missouri

December 27, 2009

It was a routine business conference for the judge: Agendas. Handshakes. Business cards.

But then something kind of mystical happened.

David Mason was approached by a man wearing a crisp suit with a neatly pointed kerchief in his breast pocket. In a measured Indian accent, the man said he, too, was a lawyer and knew all about the judge and his enlightened views on criminal rehabilitation. He wanted to tell him about the power of meditation in prisons.

The man was Farrokh Anklesaria. He was a direct student of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and he’d been sent around the world by him to bring meditation to convicts. He’d been to Switzerland, Senegal, Kenya, Brazil and … Read more »

Colleges use meditation to cut rising stress among students

December 26, 2009

Amid the stress-inducing madness of finals, two Georgetown University seniors kick off their shoes and settle into wooden chairs. A soft gong fills the room. They close their eyes and clear their minds of everything but a four-syllable mantra.

The session, held in a tiny brick building nestled between dormitories, is part of a movement to provide college students more opportunities to relax and reflect through meditation. A study of D.C. college students published this month found the benefits can include lower blood pressure and reduced anxiety and depression.

“Stress is definitely on the rise at college campuses,” said Sanford I. Nidich, the lead author of the study and a professor at Maharishi University of … Read more »

Meditation pilot for city school

September 23, 2009

BBC: Cardiff schools could introduce a pilot Transcendental Meditation (TM) programme to relieve stress on pupils.

One unnamed secondary school is to give it a trial on a voluntary basis.

It followers say TM is a means of clearing and resting the mind through a series of chants and relaxation exercises which anyone can learn.

Freda Salway, Cardiff council’s executive member for education, said anything to lessen the load was a welcome addition to the curriculum.

TM hit the headlines in 1967 in Wales, when the Beatles met the movement’s founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on a retreat in Bangor.

According to south Wales instructor Helen Evans, however, the 60s left a legacy of mixed … Read more »

Transcendental meditation reduces ADHD symptoms among students: New study

December 30, 2008

Medical News Today: The Transcendental Meditation technique may be an effective and safe non-pharmaceutical aid for treating ADHD, according to a promising new study published this month in the peer-reviewed online journal Current Issues in Education. Read more here.

Meditation techniques gain popularity — and teen adherents, too

September 14, 2003

Costa Contra Times: On a typical school day, Camilla Danpour rises at 5 a.m., turns on soothing music and perches on the edge of her bed.

For five minutes, an eternity to some teens, she sits in a trancelike state, staring dead-ahead at a digital clock.

And she does nothing.

At least that’s how it appears from the outside. Truth is, there’s a lot bouncing around on the inside. And the Walnut Creek teen runs a mental squeegee over those thoughts, meditating to wipe away life’s pressures.

Succeeding at that goal can be a killer. Her mind is wired to race through the day.

The lineup starts early and ends late, with a full slate … Read more »