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David Lynch Talks About the Benefits of Meditation

David Lynch Talks About the Benefits of Meditation

Commented Dec 15, 2010 at 11:42:27 in Healthy Living

“What could be better for mankind? Seriously? Accumulation of stress and fatigue which cause cloudy thinking and unbalanced emotions are key impediments to solving problems and being fulfilled.

TM has been shown to significantly decrease stress and fatigue by providing a physically unique state of deep rest. The result is that large problems are seen as more approachable and solvable and smaller problems are often appreciated as actually negligible. This is of course why when TM is taught in the prison system, the recidivism rate, which typically is over 90%, among TM practitioners has been less than 10%.

It makes a kind of deep and satisfying sense that the best thing you can do for yourself is also the best thing that you can do for society and the world.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:55:36 in Healthy Living

“I am quite happy for you to quote these observations.

With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Harrison”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:55:27 in Healthy Living

“We met Jewi sh and Ro man Cath olic practitioners.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:54:27 in Healthy Living

“We met Jewish and Roman Catholic practitioners.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:54:12 in Healthy Living

“TM is not a Hindi missionary movement nor does it seek to convert.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:53:58 in Healthy Living

“Although there are some acknowledged Hindi roots, as there are in many western belief systems,”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:53:03 in Healthy Living

“Although there are some acknowledged Hindi roots, as there are in many western belief systems, TM is not a Hindi missionary movement nor does it seek to convert.

We met Jewish and Roman Catholic practitioners.

I am quite happy for you to quote these observations.

With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Harrison”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:52:17 in Healthy Living

“There were some aspects of the ideology and organisation with which we could quarrel. So there are in many mainstream movements and alternative health programmes.

We found the British organisers sincere, open and dedicated in their philosophy.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:51:52 in Healthy Living

“There were some aspects of the ideology and organisation with which we could quarrel. So there are in many mainstream movements and alternative health programmes.

We found the British organisers sincere, open and dedicated in their philosophy.

Although there are some acknowledged Hindi roots, as there are in many western belief systems, TM is not a Hindu missionary movement nor does it seek to convert.

We met Jewish and Roman Catholic practitioners.

I am quite happy for you to quote these observations.

With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Harrison”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:51:01 in Healthy Living

“There were some aspects of the ideology and organisation with which we could quarrel. So there are in many mainstream movements and alternative health programmes.

We found the British organisers sincere, open and dedicated in their philosophy.

Although there are some acknowledged Hindu roots, as there are in many western belief systems, TM is not a Hindu missionary movement nor does it seek to convert.

We met Jewish and Roman Catholic practitioners.

I am quite happy for you to quote these observations.

With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Harrison”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:50:15 in Healthy Living

“From our experience we found no evidence of harm resulting from the practice of TM or Ayurveda in Britain. On the contrary, almost all those we talked to were pleased and continuing to practise what they had learned.

It was the only one of our chosen subjects in which we had great difficulty finding case histories to reflect the "flip side" of the story.

In fact. of all the new movements TM at its simplest level was possibly the only system that held any personal interest for us.

It is not a religion - except in the sense that it tries to offer a lifestyle and spiritual dimension to people of all faiths.

It is not cheap but no one is compelled to spend; any deep involvement or long term commitment is voluntary and appears to be beneficial for those who believe in it. There may well be some for whom AV health does not work - not everyone responds to acupuncture either.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:49:29 in Healthy Living

“Shirley Harrison is a British writer and reporter.

In the late 1980's, she investigated various religious/spiritual that lay outside of mainstream religions, as well as their critics in the anti-cult movement.

The result of her investigation was a book,"Cults:" The Battle for God (1990, Christopher Helm, London, written with Sally Evemy).

She writes in her Preface "My aim, as I set out, is understanding"not judgement." (p. 4). "I went to look for the good"in order to assess the truth about the bad in those movements branded 'cult'" (p. 1).

The following letter is her assessment of the Transcendental Meditation program, its organization, and people:

Statement from the WORD TEAM
5th January, 1990

Dear Mr. Warburton,

As you know, I was commissioned by the publishers Christopher Helm to write a book which appeared last year, "Cults - the Battle for God". This was the first non-academic agnostic appraisal of some of the fringe spiritual movements - setting them in a historical perspective.

In the course of our research, my colleague Sally Evemy and I visited a great variety of the groups which have come to be called "Cults" and talked with dozens of people, at all levels of involvement, who have found comfort from them, as well as their critics in the anti-cult movement.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:48:20 in Healthy Living

“no other form of meditation has been as thoroughly researched over the last 40 years or shown to have anywhere near the breadth and depth of health benefits as TM meditation does -

and this program is completely voluntary (and is not taught by the school)

so if any student wants to practice any other type of meditation or relaxation exercise (or do anything else) during that quiet time, they are free to”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:47:25 in Healthy Living

“no children are taught TM meditation without the child's desire and the parents written approval

furthermore, the technique (which is completely secular - it requires no beliefs at all, religious or otherwise) has been scientifically validated for its health benefits in close to 400 peer reviewed research studies published in dozens of top scientific and medical journals at leading research institutions around the world (btw, it is FAR more effective at relieving stress and fatigue than taking a nap)

this is absolutely a WONDERFUL opportunity for kids (and their parents and teachers) to take a few minutes minutes during their already provided daily quiet time in school to significantly reduce their daily stress and fatigue - this has already worked miracles in many schools where poor grades and serious behavior problems had been previously rampant (for instance: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/why/reaching-children-with-depression.html )

and again, no student is taught this without first their desire and then with written parental consent”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:46:40 in Healthy Living

“so would every medical doctor then a high priest in a pagan religion?

is the hippocratic oath threatening?

is medical science incompatible with other religions?

i am pretty sure that most thoughtful intelligent people in our society would likely not come to that extreme/absurd conclusion”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 12:46:02 in Healthy Living

“the short "puja" ceremony is simply watched one time

it is not unlike many other traditions in US culture that may have their roots in religion, but which are not at all currently religious

for instance, the symbolic ceremony is not even as involved as when a student goes through the ceremonies of getting an academic degree (the term academic is from the ancient greek "Akademia", which was a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy)

the wearing of a cap and gown and participating in a graduation ceremony (called the encaenia or egkainia) whose roots are a religious ceremonial procession from the tradition of hoods worn by the druid priests in their religious processional ceremonies

or when a physician graduates from medical school and goes through the symbolic ceremony of becoming a medical doctor and taking the "hippocratic oath" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath ) which the doctor recites and which begins with the words "I swear by Apollo, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath...."”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:32:38 in Healthy Living

“CONCLUSION

Because the TM Program is not religious activity, its implementation in the public school system is not a violation of the Establishment Clause

Sincerely,
Carter G. Phillips
April 9, 2007”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:31:57 in Healthy Living

“The "Quiet Time" program, as it is currently instituted in public schools, does not raise an issue under the Establishment Clause.

First, it maintains the school's complete neutrality to religion. The "Quiet Time" program allows students to engage in any quiet activity that they choose. The school does not favor one practice over another.

Second, even if the TM technique were a religious activity, the "Quiet Time" program has a clearly secular purpose: it allows students a quiet period during which preparation for the activities of the day can occur. Like the quiet time law upheld by the 9th Circuit in Brown v. Gilmore, the "Quiet Time" program in question has a clearly secular purpose because, among other things, it is "a good classroom management tool" and "works as a good transition, enabling students to pause, settle down, compose themselves and focus on the day ahead." 258 F.3d at 277.

Finally, even if the TM program were a religious practice, the school is not entangled in the actual practice. Teachers, if they choose, may take part in TM, however, their role is merely to begin and end the quiet time period. No court has ever stood in the way of a school administrator's well-informed decision to enact neutral school programs that improve the learning environment of the classroom.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:31:07 in Healthy Living

“Indeed, it is quite clear that students could engage in religious or non-religious activities during a neutrally implemented period of voluntary quiet, without raising an issue under the First Amendment.

The Supreme Court's decision in Wallace v. Jaffree, confirmed the constitutional right to a voluntary period of meditation in the classroom with a clearly secular purpose in the pre-existing State legislation when it struck down the proposed new legislation, which impermissibly sought to promote religious prayer: "The legislative intent to return prayer to the public schools is, of course, quite different from merely protecting every student's right to engage in voluntary prayer during an appropriate moment of silence during the school day.

The [pre-existing] statute already protected that right, containing nothing that prevented any student from engaging in voluntary prayer during a silent minute of meditation." 472 U.S. at 58. Moment of silence or quiet time laws or policies are constitutional when they demonstrate neutrality to religion, have a "clearly secular purpose," and do not entangle schools in religious issues. Id. at 56; see Brown v. Gilmore, 258 F.3d 265 (4th Cir. 2001), cert. denied, 534 U.S. 996 (2001) (upholding neutral quiet time law with clearly secular purpose against Establishment Clause challenge); Brown v. Gwinnett County Sch. Dist., 112 F.3d 1464 (11th Cir. 1997) (same).”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:30:17 in Healthy Living

“TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION AS PART OF A QUIET TIME PROGRAM IS CONSTITUTIONAL

Even if it were to be assumed that the TM program is a religious practice, its use in the context
of a "Quiet Time" program is constitutional. No Court has ever ruled that a school policy, which
provides for a period of quiet for its students to do what they deem fit, is unlawful or unconstitutional.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:29:43 in Healthy Living

“Some have suggested that the religious nature of the TM program is revealed in the single ceremony called "the Puja". Prior to a practitioner engaging in the TM technique for the first time, the practitioner witnesses the Puja.

After the ceremony each individual being instructed is given a mantra to use—a word, to which no meaning is ascribed, to silently repeat during the TM technique. The Puja is not a religious activity, though it may have the "look" of a religious ceremony. Because it is performed entirely in Sanskrit, no student and maybe not even the teacher who leads the Puja, know what the foreign words mean in English. See id. at 203.

Simply put, the Puja does not have religious significance (it does not address "ultimate questions") and is merely a ceremonial method by which mantras are assigned. In addition, it is practiced only once for each student.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:29:11 in Healthy Living

“It has been asserted that the TM program was previously declared a religious practice in federal court. This, however, is demonstrably not so. In a Third Circuit case from 1979, the Court found that an elective course on the Science of Creative Intelligence was a religious activity. Malnak v. Yogi, 592 F.2d 197 (3d Cir. 1979).

To be sure, the elective course included the use of the TM technique, but the Court's focus was on the Science of Creative Intelligence. Judge Adams explained, in his separate opinion, that the belief in Creative Intelligence was a comprehensive system for looking at issues of ultimate concern—answering affirmatively the first two questions later delineated in Africa. Malnak, 592 F.2d at 213 (Adams, J. concurring). The Court certainly did not decide whether TM by itself was a religious activity. Id. ("[TM] by itself might be defended ... as primarily a relaxation or concentration technique with no 'ultimate' significance").”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:28:40 in Healthy Living

“THE TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION PROGRAM IS NOT RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY

The TM program is not a belief system. It does not address fundamental or ultimate truths. It serves as a mechanical technique that relaxes the practitioner and may beneficially affect the practitioner's health. It can lead to calmness and increase a person's readiness to learn. If practiced widely enough, it may also decrease violence and aggression. This technique, which leads to beneficial results, simply does not answer questions of ultimate concern. The TM program is not a comprehensive belief system. The technique of TM does not answer or deal with even one ultimate concern much less a comprehensive system of such concerns. It is not intended, nor is it practiced or taught, as a way to answer life's deeper questions. The TM program is not accompanied by the "look" of traditional religion.”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:28:01 in Healthy Living

“But even if the practice does ask and/or answer those ultimate questions, it must also do so in a comprehensive manner. "A religion is not generally confined to one question or one moral teaching; it has a broader scope. It lays claim to an ultimate and comprehensive 'truth,’" Id. at 1035 (quotation marks omitted). Courts will also look to see whether an organization or practice "looks" like religion: does it have clergy, ceremonies, rites, and holidays. Certain religions may not have this "look" and certain non-religions may have organizational schemes that are similar to traditional religion; thus this question serves merely to give further guidance.

1 The Fourteenth Amendment applies the force of the First Amendment to the States. See Wallace v. Jafree, 472

U.S. 38, 49-50 (1985).”
Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Should Transcendental Meditation Be Taught In Schools?

Commented Apr 20, 2009 at 01:27:51 in Healthy Living

“e v i l, " it may be a religion. Id. at 1033.”
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