Archives for the month of: April, 2014

Transcendental Meditation is on the rise. Some high powered executives use it to focus at work and practicing the meditation for just twenty minutes a day, twice daily has helped people lose weight, thrive at work, and lessen their risk of heart disease. There are many positive health benefits to practicing transcendental meditation and more and more are discovered. Big names are talking about the benefits of practice like Oprah, Heather Graham, Russell Brand, Dr. Oz, and the American Heart Association.

To practice transcendental meditation you sit quietly twice a day for twenty minutes while silently repeating a mantra. There have been over 350 studies to confirm that this will have a positive impact on your life.

One proven positive benefit is that this type of meditation can amp up your workout. You will find you have more energy, increased focus, and a better night’s sleep each night. It also will give you a higher threshold for discomfort and pain, which may allow you to push through at the end of a hard workout.

Transcendental-meditation-for-heart-healthThis type of meditation can lower your blood pressure and decrease your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. It will also lower your risk of heart disease, according to a study published in the journal, Circulation.

Transcendental Meditation can also help you to lose weight by decreasing stress. The less stress you have in your life the less cortisol your body will produce, resulting in less stress eating. The meditation also helps to suppress food cravings because you will be in a more balanced mental and physical state. You will know how to listen to your body more acutely and can recognize the difference between hunger and anxiousness.

A study concluded that TM can help improve relationship because after meditation you have a higher appreciation of others. A certified TM teacher in New York City, Rachel Katz says that, “by strengthening synaptic connections in the brain, TM helps us to gain patience, be a better listener, and see more value in others and our relationships.”

These are just a few of the many positive benefits of transcendental meditation. If you want to give it a go, visit to find a certified teacher to get you started. After you are trained you can practice on your own and use this technique to help you in your daily life.

from Initiatives for World Healing


_73808613_stellar_tsang.img_3160x624In 2005, Monique Pool lost her dog, named Sciolo. She called the Suriname Animal Protection Society to see if they had any luck finding her beloved pet. They didn’t know where Sciolo was, but they told Pool about Loesje (also called Lucia) a baby sloth that they weren’t sure what to do with. Pool took in the animal and immediately fell in love. She says of sloths, “they’re very special animals to look at…they always have smile on their face and seem so tranquil and peaceful.”

Despite their long claws, sloths are very gentle. However, this doesn’t make them an easy pet to have and maintain. They have a very challenging diet. Pool went to Judy Arroyo for advice on how to feed Lucia. Arroyo runs a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. She recommended that she give the baby sloth goat’s milk, as they cannot process cow’s milk. However, in Suriname, where Pool resides there was not an abundance of goat’s milk, so she had it shipped in from the United States. Unfortunately, Lucia died after two years, but Pool learned from the experience and she created a great network of people to continue rescuing sloths.

People from all over Suriname came to her with sloths because she was the only one in the country who had the expertise. Police departments, zoos, and the Animal Protection Society relied on her to take care of, rehabilitate, and re-release sloths back into the wild. Then Pool was flooded with a large request when some forest was cleared and 14 sloths were displaced. They were challenging to take care of because of different sleeping schedules and finding a place for all of them to reside in her home and cages in the back yard. Then, as the clearing continued they realized that there were more than 14 sloths that needed homes, but actually 200. Pool relied on many friends and volunteers and powered goats milk to feed the babies. Every sloth that Pool rescued from the clearing was reintroduced into the wild. Pool lost her pup, but it opened her up to a world of sloths and she has become their guardian angel.

from Benefiting the Public Good

Untitled-3Transcendental Meditation has great benefits for people in high powered, high stress positions, but it has also been found to help those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After Michael Ortiz retired from a long career as a State Trooper and an undercover DEA agent he wasn’t the same. He was experiencing paranoia, extreme flashbacks, was hypersensitive to stress, and had trouble sleeping. He was a classic case of PTSD. His highly stressful job left him in a sorry state after he retired. Ortiz case is not unique. Over 836,000 male and female police officers in the United States are negatively affected by the traumatic experiences of their work environments.

However, there may be a solution to help police officers in this country deal with their stress and their disorder. Transcendental Meditation TM programs are beginning to be implemented specifically for police officers to help them overcome their stress-related health problems. TM can help relieve the symptoms of PTSD, Ortiz and his wife Deborah attest to the effectiveness of the meditation program. Over six million people of all ages, religion, and nationalities have learned Transcendental Meditation techniques over the past 50 years and many have reported experiencing less stress and increased clarity of mind. It allows those affected by stress and some more extreme PTSD to have a break in their symptoms and to come to a permanent solution.

from Initiatives for World Healing

Stress_GridStress has different ways of debilitating people. Some are jittery and anxious when they are affected by stress and some because extremely shut off and lethargic. However, there is an ancient science known as Ayurveda that can help you determine your stress type so that you are more aware of your stressors and how you need to handle them. Even if three different people are under the same stressful situation they will respond to it very differently. In the West, the typical general response to stress is to find relaxers that are touted to help everybody, like a hot bath, brisk walk, or a trip to the beach. The difference in eastern medicine, especially in the healing system Ayurveda, is that it looks to reduce stress based on the individual. There are many stress-relief strategies that can be customized to what you need. This Ayurveda lifestyle uses individualized strategies based on dietary, herbal and yogic solutions.

Ayurveda is a healing system, related to Yoga that synthesizes physiology, emotional disposition, and spiritual outlook. It began over 5,000 years ago in India and is documented in ancient Sanskrit texts. Ayurveda considers all different kinds of stressors and responses. It recognizes seasonal stress and planetary changes that affect our bodies as well as physical tendencies and thought patterns. Although there are many ways to explore and study Ayurveda, the bare bones of the healing system is to race your stress back to the source and then find lasting ways to change the patterns that cause that stress.

Stress comes from disorder of the rajas (passion or undirected activity). How we respond to stressors puts us into different Ayurvedic principles like vata (air), pitta (fire), and kapha (earth). No matter what your imbalance of these elements happens to be, having a clear understanding of what is influencing you can help you understand how to deal with your stress and prevent it from happening again.

from Doing Well by Doing Good