Extensive published research in education has shown that the Transcendental Meditation Programme strengthens physiological and cognitive foundations of learning, while promoting healthy lifestyle choices and positive behaviour.
by Global Good News staff writer
16 July 2010
When Ben, a student in South Africa, was asked how he enjoyed the course of Transcendental Meditation, he said he highly recommended it. 'It has helped me so much with all aspects of my life. I'm a lot more assertive, a lot more calm, and it helped me to stop smoking, which is a big thing. It's absolutely incredible.'
Another student, Nomsa Khumalo, reported that his headaches have gone ‘and I feel my problems are less.’
A seventh grade student also reports that when he started he felt calm, energized, awake. ‘People even complemented me,’ he said. ‘This is a very good programme. It really helps and makes you feel good inside and outside.’
During the practice of Transcendental Meditation, the individual's awareness settles down and experiences the simplest form of human awareness—Transcendental Consciousness—the inner silent level of the mind. This experience enlivens our creativity, energy, happiness and the healing intelligence of mind and body. Transcendental Consciousness has been found by physiological research to be a fourth major state of consciousness, a state of restful alertness, distinct from the commonly experienced states of waking, dreaming, and deep sleep.
The experience of Transcendental Consciousness develops the individual's latent creative genius while dissolving accumulated stress and fatigue through the deep rest gained during the practice of Transcendental Meditation. The natural result is greater creativity, dynamism, orderliness, and organizing power in one's awareness, which results in increased effectiveness and success in daily life.
Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education have been implemented in universities and schools in many countries, including South Africa.
Mr S Govender, a school principal and Chairperson for Council of Consciousness-Based Education in South Africa, comments that in his years as a public-school principal and 40 years as an educator, ‘I have not come across a programme that brings such happiness and feeling of well-being into a school. This leads to natural self-organizing discipline in staff and students.
‘This programme holistically improves every aspect of school life: academic achievement; school orderliness and behaviour. It reduces stress levels and improves teacher relationships,’ he said.
Pepsi Pokane, a South African actor, television presenter, director and businessman, comments that his life has shown him the value of consciousness-based living.
‘Seeing the positive changes in me and in others that have adopted this approach to living allows me to absolutely endorse any sensible programme which encourages youth in schools to adopt a Consciousness-Based Education model.
‘The world we're living in isn't working and Consciousness-Based Education is one of the key changes that needs to happen in our educational system, so we can produce adults that will make a positive impact on the world,’ he said.
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