History of Meditation in the West
Inner Peace Transforms Humanity
“Sending out positive thoughts act as a channel to attract back to us that same energy,” comments Hathaway. “Deepening our connection to our inner self, finding love and acceptance, creates a sacred space of peaceful satisfaction where we can then release our traumas and negative energy. Meditation only a few minutes a day can deepen our connection to the greater good and give us a nobler and more compassionate connection to nature and humanity.”
“Today I see the crisis in the world as one of identification: A man identifies himself with his profession, religion, race, culture, nationality, language, region, or sex. Only after that does he identify with being a human being. Limited identification leads to war. Through education we need to bring about a change in our basic identity. We are all first part of the Divine, and secondly, we are human beings. This can happen only through right spiritual knowledge,” explains Sri Ravi.
“Transcendental Meditation is a bridge to deepen my religious commitment,” Fr. Dubi explains. “I meditate every morning before I celebrate Mass. I feel much clearer, much more centered, and much more silent inside… It enriches and enhances our understanding and empowers our prayer and allows me to come in conscious contact with a power that is greater than ourselves.”
Meditation in Mainstream Medicine
“Meditation can have a serious impact on your brain long beyond the time when you’re actually sitting and meditating, and this may have a positive impact on your day-to-day living,” said Lazar, an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Transcendental Meditation for Health and Preventative Care
“Transcendental meditation provides direct experience of the self with a capital “S” the unbounded, infinite, unchanging transcendental value of our innermost nature, the cosmic ego, our own true inner self. When we experience that, new healthier, more integrated connections are made between different parts of the brain.”
Already, mediation has shown effectiveness in reducing stress and anxiety and boosting test scores in school.“Children from the age of 10 and up can learn TM; it is very calming to the body and awakening to the mind. TM research has shown it to be effective for treating ADD and ADHD and autism.”
Meditation – The Future of Medicine?
“It is just a matter of a year or two before TM will be covered by most if not all of the largest health insurers,” according to Roth. “The reason is simple: with health care costs soaring, even bankrupting many businesses, insurance companies are desperate to find innovative, evidence-based approaches that can both prevent and treat disease and significantly reduce health costs. Meditation is going mainstream, and TM is seen as the gold standard of evidence-based meditation techniques.”