Apr 14, 2012 at 12:31:13
“Great article on how to live longer and be happier. I am the proud practitioner of both the Mediterranean diet AND Transcendental Meditation. I'm 60 now and going strong with no chronic disorders or health issues of any kind and I'm keeping my fingers crossed :-)”
Alox on Apr 14, 2012 at 15:34:14
“Me too! I am 62 and feeling great thanks to this diet, yoga, and meditation. I would highly encourage everyone to follow them.”
“Nice report about a topic so often ignored or swept under the rug by a male dominated society that pretends that "this kind of stuff only happens in other countries". It may be worse in other countries and cultures but its here in the USA too (as your statistics show). Bottom line is that its stress related on both sides of the equation. Its great that the victims can get some relief through meditation but prevention is what we really want. That means our children (as well as adults) need to learn self administered stress management techniques that they can practice throughout their lifetimes for effective living and fulfilling relationships. Transcendental Meditation appears to be one effective option for people to consider.”
Mar 26, 2012 at 12:45:54
“Oprah has taken a big step forward and away from corporate driven prime time TV. I commend her for continuing to take risks in pursuit of more progressive and uplifting life values, both for herself and the those that look to her for inspiration.”
Nov 1, 2011 at 13:17:08
“Wow! What a moving and compelling story from one of our nation's heroes. Regardless of our views on war or foreign policy, we should do all we can for our veterans. If TM can bring them some relief and help them to transition back to a normal life, they should have the option if they want it.”
Sep 23, 2010 at 17:36:03
“Yea meditation shopping can be a headache. Thanks little Jeannie for giving a great overview of a complicated and much understood topic.”
lalalinle on Oct 14, 2010 at 13:40:52
“Although I have always dibbled and dabbled in the meditative techniques, 2 years ago I took the TM course. I had 2 dogs die, an important relationship end, my only daughter got married and moved out of state and I had serious health problems. Due to finances, I was given a scholarship. I can only speak from my own experience but the results from my yearly exam stated that my blood pressure was normal, cholesterol was perfect, diabetes in check but most importantly, my heart stress test was normal which means no more blockages and no more stents, which was a first in a very long time. I have 2 books in the making and have written a TV Series...my entire life has changed. I cannot speak for other disciplines as I am sure all meditative practices hold good but for me, I do nothing but sit there with eyes closed 20 minutes twice a day and somewhere in that 20 minutes magic happens...my body seems to disappear and my being becomes part of everything!”
Aug 24, 2010 at 13:37:10
“I also learned Transcendental Meditation when I was in college. Around that same time I go into fasting and then by default, also became vegetarian that same year. That was decades ago and I'm proud to say I am still doing TM everyday and its been more than 20 years since I ate at Burger King.”
“Why should people care what celebrities think? A lot of them practice Scientology for example. People need to think for themselves, especially when planning to do something that will affect their psychology.”
Joe Kellett on Aug 24, 2010 at 15:03:34
“It's nonsensical to accept "celebrity endorsements". Shall I give you a list of celebreties endorsing Scientology? People need to do careful research for themselves and make independent decisions.”
“Thank you for your comment, its illustrates my point perfectly.”
gappedtoothgodwarrior on Aug 1, 2010 at 21:25:46
“How so pray tell?
Your point is that it is right to kowtow to a bunch of mumbo-jumbo simply because it has a history of others also kowtowing to it.There really needs to be more than just a history of other doing something for that something to actually be worthwhile.
Rather than ploughing through yet more fluffybunnydom, maybe a book on critical thinking would be more helpful to you.”
“Compared to the 5,000 year old cultures of India, China and others, the USA isa mere newborn, with a history and age that is at best 4% of its Eastern counterparts. As such we have no real culture or traditions and we live by our own self created, fads and fickle moods. This article continues in that tradition and discusses Eastern values and spiritual teachers in terms of fashion and gossip and plays neatly into the hands a multi-decade fad that dabbles in spirituality by moving from one new age topic to another and continuing our culture's childish mindset and habit of taking ancient traditions and knowledge and treating them like flavors of ice cream. We are so stupid and arrogant. I'm hoping someday we will grow up and lead the world in something besides consumerism, pollution and military strength. Our treating ancient traditions and wisdom with reverence and respect would be a good start.”
Courtenay Jones on Aug 3, 2010 at 01:39:21
ChandraSF on Aug 1, 2010 at 12:48:55
“What I think you are saying is that since the US is a melting pot of cultures, religions and ideas, you have a hard time figuring it all out. Unlike more "homogeneous" societies, the US is a newer experiment. Do we want the US to evolve into a monolithic, one idea society? Let there be diversity of beliefs and ideas. I love the US just the way it is.”
kadene on Aug 1, 2010 at 12:45:51
“Agree with what you say until you get to the part about treating ancient traditions and wisdom with "reverence" and respect. Why "reverence"? Should we revere scientists too, for the advances they have made with technology where we can almost instantaneously communicate with each other? Why do we have this desire to revere, and even worship whatever we consider greater than ourselves?”
LearningCommunity on Aug 1, 2010 at 12:07:22
“HurdyGurdyMan, may I suggest that the Interent has changed everything. Now we have billions of end points gathering and analyizing information.
We no longer need a central clearinghouse of ideas. Ideas now find their own gravity and attract their followers. And as fast you can change your home page, you can change the sources of your enlightenment.
Great teachers, great lessons, and great schools are focused on discovery of new knowledge and new beliefs, not the rigid enforcement of the status quo.”
gappedtoothgodwarrior on Aug 1, 2010 at 11:45:33
“"Compared to the 5,000 year old cultures of India, China and others, the USA isa mere newborn, with a history and age that is at best 4% of its Eastern counterparts. As such we have no real culture or traditions and we live by our own self created, fads and fickle moods."
Being old or traditional does not inherently impart true value.”
“There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this thing that TM calls "Yogic Flying". Some people may find this article helpful in understanding it.
"One of the TM-Sidhi techniques is called Yogic Flying and according to the ancient Vedic texts of India, Yogic Flying has three stages of development: hopping, floating and flying. At the present time no TM-Sidhi-Yogic Flyer has surpassed the hopping stage and none of them can levitate, float or fly through space. But that’s OK, because hopping and levitation are only the outward expression of one’s inner personal development.... For example, research indicates that the TM-Sidhi program and Yogic Flying, enhances creativity, learning ability and psychological well-being. Also, EEG measurements of brain activity, taken during Yogic Flying, indicate a dramatic increase in brain wave coherence—total brain functioning—at the precise moment the yogic flyer’s body lifts up in a hop."”
letsthink on Jun 22, 2010 at 09:17:27
“Misconceptions? What is there to misunderstand. The TM organizations claim that yogic flying exists. The big but is that everyone is in stage one, hopping. Some have hopped for 35 years and are still hopping away, wasting their lives on silliness.”
tanaats on Jun 21, 2010 at 16:58:53
“My point is that people get separated from reality enough to believe that stuff.”
Feb 24, 2010 at 10:43:48
“Kudos to Russell for once again coming to say what he's doing, what he believes in and making a commitment to share it with others. I learned TM some years ago and really like it. Glad to hear people like Russel and Lynch and my man Donovan are getting behind a good thing. Cheers!”