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Transcendental Meditation and Mindfulness and other meditation techniques are not all the same.

They differ in the process used, in brainwave patterns and in results.

Lets get technical. A study published recently in Consciousness and Cognition, classifies of different types of meditation into three basic categories of process:[eeg patterns differ]Focused attention, characterized by beta/gamma activity, included meditations from Tibetan Buddhist (loving kindness and compassion), Buddhist (Zen and Diamond Way), and Chinese (Qigong) traditions.
Open monitoring, characterized by theta activity, included meditations from Buddhist (Mindfulness, and ZaZen), Chinese (Qigong), and Vedic (Sahaja Yoga) traditions.
Automatic self-transcending, characterized by alpha1 activity, included meditations from Vedic (Transcendental Meditation) and Chinese (Qigong) traditions.

Mindfulness falls into category 2, Transcendental Meditation into category 3.

Mindfulness is described as a state in which one is highly aware and focused on the reality of the present moment. Mindfulness meditation teaches people to be aware of thoughts and perceptions without judging or holding on to them. It aims to teach people to approach stressful situations ‘mindfully’, so that they are better able to deal with them.

Transcendental Meditation does not involve monitoring one’s thoughts or breath, nor is it concentration, contemplation or ‘controlled focus’ (category 1 above). In Transcendental Meditation, one systematically goes beyond mental activity—transcending thoughts, perceptions and sensations—to experience finer states of thought or earlier stages of the thinking process, until one arrives at the source of the thinking process, a state of inner silence. By directly contacting this inner, transcendental source, mind and body are refreshed, stresses get dissolved and mental potential is enlivened, accelerating personal growth.

The main point here is that Mindfulness works on the level of changing attitude, whereas Transcendental Meditation works on the level of producing a physiological state in which the body heals itself, with consequent benefits for mental abilities, emotions and behaviour.

The laudable aims of Mindfulness—increased awareness, improved focus, a healthier recovery from stress and more harmonious behaviour— all result spontaneously as a by-product of TM practice, and increase naturally without the person having to strive consciously to achieve such qualities by practicing mindfulness techniques.

Different Meditation techniques produce different Results and Benefits

Mindfulness: There is by now quite a lot of research on Mindfulness, but most of the areas studied involve psychological variables rather than physical function. They show that it does help reduce anxiety and to improve attitude towards medical conditions. Pain has been studied a lot: there is little evidence that Mindfulness changes physical function but it does improve coping with pain.

There is no evidence that Mindfulness changes physical function in cardiovascular disease, an area where TM research is particularly strong.

A common criticism in the literature of much of the research on Mindfulness is that it does not control for placebo effects. Participants receive a lot of attention, social support, and expectation of benefits from the program; and most of the studies are short-term psychological changes from before to after the 8 week course.

In contrast to TM research, there are only a small number of ‘controlled’ studies on Mindfulness, i.e. studies that involve a ‘control group’ — a group of people who do not practice the meditation and whose results are compared with the meditator results.

One with Learning in Peace

Sunrise Melbourne Channel 9 Video on Maharishi School 2012
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au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/-/watch/29038249/one-with-learning-in-peace/

Oprah talks about learning TM

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6K9l2nywFE

Watch:TM Documentary on ‘Catalyst’, the ABC science TVprogram,

which includes interviews with Maharishi School children and parents,as well as Dr Tim Carr, Dr Nick Argylle ,Psychiatrist and an EEG demonstration at the Brain and Mind institute at Sydney University aired July 2010.
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www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2954785.htm

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Bullying in Schools- THE PROBLEM

Headline From: The Advertiser, February 09, 2010

Vandals smash 36 windows Primary School,

Three youths have been arrested for a vandalism spree in the northern suburbs.

THE SOLUTION:

“I truly feel that Transcendental Meditation is a vehicle to reduce or eliminate the violence in our community. It helps to remove all the baggage that young people bring to school with them that makes them ready to jump and fight at the first moment anyone touches them.”
Dr George Rutherford, former Principal of the Fletcher Johnson School in Washington, D.C., introduced the Transcendental Meditation program in his school in a high crime area. Hundreds of students took part in the program.

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The Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is being used by hundreds of schools worldwide to:

• Reduce anxiety and stress in students and teachers
• Improve student behaviour
• Help kids cope without ADHD medication
• Make learning easier
• Develop students’ full brain potential
• Improve academic achievement

This unique form of meditation is being practised in schools by students and teachers for 10-15 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed. It is a simple, effortless mental technique. It is not a religion or philosophy and does not require a change in lifestyle or belief system.

Maharishi School Melbourne is a wonderful example of Consciousness Based Education in action, for more visit www.maharishischool.vic.edu.au

Stress

The causes of violence both inside and outside the school, are complex. All of the contributing factors however, are linked to stress. These factors include:

Physiological factors such as arousal levels and imbalance in neurotransmitter and hormonal levels

Psychological factors, including high anxiety, psychological stress, low ego strength and self-regard

Behavioural factors, including drug and alcohol abuse

Sociological factors, such as high unemployment, high violence and crime, and family dysfunction.

Research has shown that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programs addresses all of the above factors contributing to violent and criminal behaviour and leads to significantly reduced levels of violence and crime in individuals and society.

How does the Transcendental Meditation technique work?

The Transcendental Meditation technique reduces stress levels and creates the experience of ‘restful alertness’ – this produces high levels of coherence or orderliness in the functioning of the brain. Students experience increased mental clarity, more inner happiness, self-esteem and self-worth. They show reduced impulsivity and anxiety. Their ability to stay ‘on task’ improves as does learning ability and academic performance.

This experience of restful alertness during the practice of TM results in the release of stress and integration of mind and body. This leads to profound psychological changes, which are counter to the risk factors associated with violence. The following table summarizes the psychological risk factors for violence and crime and presents the protective effects of practice of the TM technique.

The Transcendental Meditation program related to the psychology of violence and criminal behavior

Known Risk Factors Protective Benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Program
High anxiety and psychological stress Reduced anxiety
Low intelligence Increased intelligence
Low academic achievement Improved academic achievement
Anti-social personality; poor peer relations skills Increased capacity for warm interpersonal relationships
Increased sensitivity to feelings of others
Reduced hostility
High impulsivity Reduced impulsivity
Low ego strength and self-regard Increased self concept and ego strength
Earlier than usual risk taking behaviors, including drugs and alcohol Reduced use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs
Dishonesty Increased level of moral judgment

Endorsements

“Schools in which students and teachers meditate have been shown to be remarkably calm and positive and to be relatively free of the physical aggression and more subtle forms of aggression such as teasing and bullying that are currently very serious problems even in our most elite schools.”
Dr William R Stixrud, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist

Why the Transcendental Meditation technique?

There have been over 600 scientific research studies done on the Transcendental Meditation technique in over 200 research institutions over the past 40 years. It is the most widely practised, extensively researched and most broadly prescribed by doctors of any meditation or self development technique available today.

‘The vast majority of research on meditation has been on Transcendental Meditation – and the findings clearly indicate that TM works better than other researched mental techniques to promote health.’ James Krag, M.D.

How is the technique implemented in schools?

Staff and students are taught the technique by fully qualified teachers of the Transcendental Meditation program. Teachers and students meditate for 10 to 15minutes in the morning and afternoon of each school day.

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DID YOU KNOW?

• Over 61,000 at risk students in schools throughout Latin America and other countries are now practising the TM technique daily as part of their school day funded through the David Lynch Foundation. The effect has been to calm school violence, improve school grades as well as to reduce stress and violence in the surrounding communities.

• Schools in the US, UK and Australia in which this technique is an integral part of the school curriculum consistently win top awards in academic, sporting and creative and artistic competitions.

CHECK THESE SITES:
www.davidlynchfoundation.org
www.tmeducation.org
www.maharishischool.vic.edu.au

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