by Janet Hoffman at Transcendental Meditation for Women blog
30 October 2020
One girl, a high school student in Arizona, learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) and, after a few months, commented, “I’m a lot more cranky when I don’t meditate. I tend to see that. Like if I don’t meditate in the morning, then in the afternoon I’m really irritable.”
Another said, “Most kids, when they’re having problems or something, they just blow up, you know. And meditation helps me to think about what I’m going to do before I do it.”
Here are interviews we conducted with two fourteen-year-old girls who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique:
I am 14 years old in year 8. I have three older siblings who have all also learned TM. My favorite subjects in school are probably Mathematics and FoodTech. My favorite hobby is baking, especially cakes!
I learned Transcendental Meditation at the age of 10 in year 4. Before I learned it, I thought it looked very peaceful and relaxing but also a little bit strange. After I learned TM, it completely changed my mindset and I felt enlightened and I had a new outlook to life.
TM came effortlessly to me. During TM I feel completely relaxed and I feel as though all my thoughts are left behind and my mind and body completely transcend to a completely rested and relaxed state.
My hobby of baking and playing the piano have been enhanced in many ways since I learned TM. When I bake, I like to use my creativity to create a dessert that is interesting and captures the attention of others. I have been playing the piano for 8 years and since I have learned TM my understanding of music has grown greatly.
Learning Transcendental Meditation helps to open your mind to a new and optimistic view of the world.
I’m 14 years old. My favorite subjects are English/Literature, Art and Swimming. I have two younger siblings.
Meditating seemed a bit hard at first because I made it more complicated than it actually is (I kept, incorrectly, concentrating and trying to focus), but it quickly became easier. It feels like I’m taking a break from the world and just relax. Sometimes I feel… nothing? No thoughts bombarding my head, no stress, just me and peace.
Since learning TM, I found that grudges that I held from disagreements were easily forgiven and bothered me less. Sometimes, instead, I’d find myself trying to solve them or look at them in a different view.
I like to do TM first before practicing my piano. Because it’s hard to practice or study something when my head is filled with thoughts, I do TM first and refresh myself before starting on something, especially something new—it makes it so much easier.
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