May 27, 2020 3 min read

 

Dr. Robert Schneider’s 1995 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension has shown that high blood pressure — which afflicts over 40 million Americans — can be treated as effectively using the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program as with traditional medications.

A 1996 Harvard University study of 77 elderly nursing home residents compared three types of meditation and relaxation techniques (TM, “mind-fulness training” and “mental relaxation”). The three-year study showed the TM group had the greatest reductions in stress and blood pressure. The TM group also had a significantly higher survival rate: they were the only group in which no one died during the study, although the average mortality rate in non-participating residents during those 3 years was more than one third. After 8 years, the TM group’s mean survival time was 65% higher than that of the other groups combined. 

 

A message for Ann Brennan who is a qualified teacher of TM based in Monkstown, Co Dublin.

Transcendental Meditation is a very simple and natural, effortless technique practised twice daily for 20 mins morning and evening.

In the last 60 years, over 600 scientific studies in 30 countries, printed in many peer reviewed journals, testify to the benefits. During the practise, brain waves become very coherent, indicating billions of nerves firing in synchrony, and they remain more integrated after the practice. This explains benefits like clearer more coherent creative thinking and better concentration. Serotonin, our happiness hormone, remains elevated afterwards, which would explain the sense of well-being and joy of TM meditators.  These results are good for everyone, especially students. 

The mind is like an ocean. On the surface the waves can be very active but, in the depth, there is a silent bed of the ocean. The mind, on the surface level, has a lot of thoughts but at deeper levels it is a very quiet restful place. In TM, the mind settles down to this very peaceful level and comes out feeling more joy, happiness and peace.

The medical profession say that many diseases are stress related. TM is a form of very deep rest which releases stress. The technique is very beneficial for those who have anxiety and stress related conditions. It is the only meditation technique that the American Heart Foundation recommends to reduce hypertension and heart disease.

People spend a lot of time taking care of their houses and gardens but sometimes neglect their own mind-body, which is really the vehicle that carries us through life. With this corona virus outbreak we need to strengthen our immunity (stress decreases our immunity). TM strengthens immunity and thus can help preventing getting ill with the virus.

It is a wake-up call to us to take care of ourselves and the environment. Nothing in the outside world is secure, as things can change at any moment.  We need to have more of that inner level of contentment and peace lively in our awareness. 

The first step in learning TM is a free introductory talk which takes about an hour. Following that one needs 4 days of roughly one and half hours per day to learn. Then we offer follow up - once a month for 6 months. The cost of TM is 600 euros.  But if earning less than 30,000 euros it is 450 euros. If you are a full-time student or unemployed 300 euros.

At the moment I am not teaching due to Corvid regulations but when things open up I can be contacted on annbrenn@yahoo.com , telephone no 0863911717. 

If you have already learned TM, we hold free zoom meetings every Wednesday evening at 7pm. We do a group meditation together and play a short tape. Usually it lasts one hour. If you are interested in that email me and I can send you a link.

 

Hope you all keep safe.

Warmest Wishes

Ann


1 Response

Fiona Arnold
Fiona Arnold

June 02, 2020

Hello Ann
I learnt TM shortly after my husband passed away in 2013. My daughter (aged 13 at the time) was also taught. We meditate together twice a day and it has been incredibly powerful part of our healing process.
Regards Fiona

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