“So, I completed my 4 days of training classes in Transcendental Meditation (TM), and I’ve have been meditating the prescribed twice a day for 20 minutes at a time. Believe it or not, I am already noticing a difference. I’m calmer and much less reactive. I’m more able to take things as they come. I’ve got a spring in my step and smile on my face.
Yesterday, I moved into a new office, which I’m sharing with a lovely woman. She brought her daughter to the move…a lovely 5-year-old girl. After a bit she got bored and started to climb on the furniture…my furniture…with her shoes on. I calmly suggested she get down as she might fall and hurt herself. In this past, this behavior would have driven me crazy, but it didn’t even faze me. I’m amazed.
Part of me feels like this is the miracle cure that the health system is looking for. The research shows that it reduces stress and the chronic disorders that go along with it, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke and even diabetes. In addition, it dramatically improves depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse disorders and ADD/ADHD. There are no negative side effects. It’s cheap, safe and easy to do. You don’t have to subscribe to a belief system…people of any religion or no religion at all can practice Transcendental Meditation.
So my question is: why isn’t everyone doing this? That is something I can’t answer right now. All I can say is that I’m sold. I am thrilled to have started this journey, and I look forward to continuing to experience the benefits of Transcendental Meditation.”
— Rebekah Shackney
Rebekah Shackney is a licensed psychotherapist in the Tarrytown, New York. She is also a wife, a mother of two boys and a person who understands the struggle with depression. Rebekah’s blog post “The Therapist Takes Her Own Advice: The Benefits of Transcendental Meditation” was first published on her website.