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09:04 PM on 03/20/2011
Wonderful article about the power of transcending. If you haven't already learned TM, you must
try it, your life will be transformed!
08:43 PM on 03/20/2011
Thanks Huffington Post for posting such a timely, true, and well written article. I have been practicing TM for almost 40 years and find that inner wakefulness is my port for any storm. I always look forward to Jeanne Ball's well written and thoughtful articles.
07:58 PM on 03/20/2011
Everyone should do this.
07:51 PM on 03/20/2011
Great article, thanks!
06:36 PM on 03/20/2011
At some level, seeking this inner quietness must be a human technique for survival. Staying clam and carrying on is sometimes the only choice. Very relevant article for our times.
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Jeanne Ball
Teacher of meditation, David Lynch Foundation
10:34 PM on 03/20/2011
Carol,
I remember you telling me that in England they say "Keep calm and carry on." The Japanese have displayed this beautifully. Some people can do this more easily than others, while many of us find meditation helps.
03:22 AM on 03/21/2011
Jeanne Ball, do you know is there some special project of teaching of TM in Japan or in Lybua?
06:15 PM on 03/20/2011
Great article! It shows the practical, daily effects of TM for dealing with any stressful situation.
06:13 PM on 03/20/2011
Great article!
05:06 PM on 03/20/2011
Love this article by Jeanne Ball. Independent clear minded writer with positive solutions to serious problems that are facing the nation. Go Jeanne !
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rebelriser
artist, published author, activist
03:47 PM on 03/20/2011
Wouldn't there be transcending moments if politicians could be convinced to sit quietly and transcend pettiness and competition every time they're about to legislate or discuss?
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11:09 PM on 03/20/2011
yeah, you said it.
02:26 PM on 03/20/2011
Great article!
01:22 PM on 03/20/2011
Beautiful breakdown of this nourishing process - thank you. TM is a wonderful tool to have at one's disposal. Now more than ever. I'm very grateful to know and experience this! :)
12:40 PM on 03/20/2011
Our current times are so hectic that you can safely call most western people's lives to be in upheaval constantly. In other words: I think everyone will benefit from TM!

But just to illustrate the article, here's some sentences from a letter by a (western) TM-practitioner that has lived through the disaster in Japan:

Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend's home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.

... Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled.

... People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.

... And somehow as I experience the events, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don't. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.
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Keith DeBoer
Meditation Teacher
03:33 PM on 03/21/2011
Thanks for posting this, but we also send our love and good thoughts to others in Japan who are suffering personal tragedies and serious loss.
05:29 PM on 03/21/2011
Absolutely, very necessary, as are all the great efforts to help them in any way we can think of.
12:36 PM on 03/20/2011
Great article--and comments--that make it clear that Transcendental Meditation can assist anyone in effectively dealing with the stress of daily living and becoming more useful to self and others.

TM certainly assisted me greatly, especially from 1984-96 when I was a Quantum Physics PhD. student at MUM in Fairfield Iowa.
It was very challenging to also have to provide for a family of 3 kids and their mother, while having no savings and being unable to work and earn an income for many years. Although experiencing such challenges and stress daily for 12 years could have been taking its toll on my sanity and well-being, it didn't…thanks to the daily transcending that always brought back the inner peace and clarity, and the outer energy and vitality to continue on my journey on planet earth.

The greatest benefit I got from practicing TM and being exposed to Maharishi's teachings is the ability to think big and out of the box, and to know that anything is possible. So much so that now, I am on a mission to create permanent unconditional freedom from any and all unwanted conditions in life (something I could never have imagined before starting TM in 1979).

I encourage everyone to transcend limited thoughts and become limitless out-of-the box thinkers; the great challenges the world is facing are calling upon you and me to step up our game in life NOW.

Dr Claude Windenberger
http://www.windenberger.com
11:55 AM on 03/20/2011
Just look at the scientifically validated health benefits of Transcendental Meditation, it's really incredible knowledge that everyone can benefit from.
As a musician I always felt frustrated and creatively blocked until I learned TM. After learning it was like a barrier was removed and out flowed creativity, inspiration and happiness.
To say I am grateful is an understatement.
11:37 AM on 03/20/2011
I so appreciate the calming relief that comes
from my twice daily experience of transcending. Thank you for this timely aticle.