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  • Terry18

    It is a relief to know that veterans can be helped through TM. I have practiced TM for years and find inner peace during and after every meditation. Shy’s results are life-changing and I hope other veterans will take advantage of the program, to finally get their lives back.

  • athabasca

    As someone who has benefited from the practice of TM, I feel like it's a great thing for anyone to do. Hearing that TM can reduce the symptoms of PTSD by as much as 50 % in a matter of just several months, is remarkable. I hope all of these soldiers are able to enroll in a TM course

  • Frankle

    clearing the mind - meditation - drop the habitual rat-race-cage of repetitive thoughts of 'I wish/I woulda/shoulda/coulda' - that can drive you crazy - observe the thoughts arise, and practice simply letting them pass by without grasping - eventually they become fewer, gaps appear, further apart - until one day - stillness and bliss !

    I did that nearly 40 years ago - and live every moment in the present - I walk down the street and admire the beauty of a fallen leaf, a stone

    a researcher's formula for happiness I saw recently - the largest component after 'take care of your body' was 'live in the moment' - drop unnecessary thoughts/worries, look around, the world is an amazing beautiful place, and every moment can be a pleasure.

  • FRIERMCC

    Not sure why the last post went up five times... Perhaps to bury the controversy over the fact that TM charges truly exorbitant fees for "tuition." I have been meditating successfully for thirty years in a number of traditions and have not paid a dime in "tuition." This model is fundamentally wrong in my humble opinion. The very basic techniques that TM offers are already available widely for free from a number of teachers and books. It is valuable because the practice of meditation is inherently valuable but no one should ever have to pay for the key to it.

    • Transcendental Meditation Asheville

      Thanks for your thoughts, Friermcc. I would wholeheartedly agree with you if your assumption were true--that "the very basic techniques that TM offers are available widely for free from a number of teachers and books."

      I too have practiced many different techniques from the various traditions. Then I discovered TM and found it utterly unique and fundamentally different. So I was trained as a teacher and now I have been teaching TM for 38 years. In almost every class there are people who have tried other practices. The common experience is that they find TM to be essentially different from whatever they were doing. I just taught TM to a person who had spent many years (perhaps as long as you) trying every technique in the book and had recently spent a year in a Zen monastery. Same story: he found TM refreshingly effortless and, for him, much more natural and effective. But it's always a personal thing. I'm not going to try and talk anybody into doing TM. But the generalization that all meditation techniques are the same as TM is an assumption that is, I suggest, worthy of reconsideration.

      The opinion that the other types of meditation are basically the same as TM and produce the same results is also not in line with the scientific findings. Consider, for example, the varying effects of different practices on the brain: http://phys.org/news198836667.html Or the fact that TM is the only form of meditation recommended by the American Heart Association: http://meditationasheville.blogspot.com/2013/05/heart-association-transcendental.html

      If TM could be taught for free, it would be taught that way and personal instruction and the classes with the teacher would not be necessary. But learning this particular technique of "effortless transcending" requires a trained teacher: http://meditationasheville.blogspot.com/2008/10/why-should-i-pay-course-fee-for-tm-when.html

      I understand and respect your viewpoint. I just suggest that people consider the possibility that there's another side to the story. I say this because people's lives are at stake. If research is showing one technique to be consistently more effective, for whatever reason, at reducing stress and PTSD, then it's important for veterans to know the difference.

      Tom
      www.MeditationAsheville.org

    • Anthony Schmiedeler

      Thank you very much for this. I do feel that some unknowing veterans are being taken advantage of and I've tried to speak out but just like here, I'm usually only answered with more questions.

      • David Lynch Foundation

        Dear Anthony,
        I'm sorry to hear to hear about your initial experience. I'm not sure where you heard this from, but it is certainly not TM organization policy. The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for hundreds of veterans and their families to learn to meditate for free. If you are interested in learning, please write me at info@davidlynchfoundation.org and we can set something up.

  • thatgirlinnewyork

    "Shy quickly returned to Iraq as a private contractor, compelled by a mysterious desire to 'get back';" after she was the only one from her squad to make it home after the attack she endured as an enlisted soldier. Getting paid more makes it somehow better?

    TM is helpful following trama. When practiced regularly, it can help one transcend a lot. I learned it at a particular turning point in my life, and can say it's well worth pursuing.

    Anthony - That sounds like an anomalous experience. Do try with another org!

  • thatgirlinnewyork

    "Shy quickly returned to Iraq as a private contractor, compelled by a mysterious desire to 'get back';" after she was the only one from her squad to make it home after the attack she endured as an enlisted soldier. Getting paid more makes it somehow better?

    TM is helpful following trama. When practiced regularly, it can help one transcend a lot. I learned it at a particular turning point in my life, and can say it's well worth pursuing.

    Anthony - That sounds like an anomalous experience. Do try with another org!

  • thatgirlinnewyork

    "Shy quickly returned to Iraq as a private contractor, compelled by a mysterious desire to 'get back';" after she was the only one from her squad to make it home after the attack she endured as an enlisted soldier. Getting paid more makes it somehow better?

    TM is helpful following trama. When practiced regularly, it can help one transcend a lot. I learned it at a particular turning point in my life, and can say it's well worth pursuing.

    Anthony - That sounds like an anomalous experience. Do try with another org!

  • Tim Guy

    This is very odd. The introductory lecture isn't as you described. And the pricing you mention is way off. Hopefully a TM teacher (which I'm not) will read this and contact you.

  • Anthony Schmiedeler

    This sounded like an amazing opportunity for me when I first heard of the David Lynch Foundation, being a veteran diagnosed with PTSD. I went to the OWW website and couldn't find out how to sign up. I eventually sent an email to the general contact address and was offered to attend an info session from a TM teacher in my area. I attended the first several hour informational session, where I was forced to watch several videos and graphs claiming the benefits of TM, I started to get skeptical. It was after I signed a contract stating I would be willing to participate that I was told the extreme pricing structure that you are "encouraged" to pay into beyond the $2500 initial price. I tried bringing up my veteran status and asked how the David Lynch foundation is involved but I was only given a form where I could apply for a grant and maybe have some of price covered. I kept asking why it costs so much because I simply wanted to learn how to meditate to help cope with my PTSD symptoms but was never given a clear answer. I suggest anyone looking into this to do a little bit of research before you jump in. And if anybody knows how the David Lynch foundation actually connects with the veterans, I'd love to hear it.

    • Lillyred

      Meditation is definitely a wonderful way to clear things. Also another amazing powerful instrument that comes to my mind is the Emotion Code System, which helps to clear trapped emotions. And the great thing about it is that you can also do it easily by yourself: http://www.drbradleynelson.com/free-resources/
      The team of the Emotion Code also offers free programs especially for soldiers/veterans - you can just email them and ask for it.

    • Transcendental Meditation Asheville

      Anthony, I can't speak for whoever it was that you interacted with, but as a TM teacher in Asheville, NC, I'm sorry you felt unsatisfied in getting your questions answered. The process you described is not typical of the way things work at TM centers. "Forced to watch several videos" sounds drastic and unusual, indeed. The standard TM intro talk last no more than an hour, and here in Asheville we try to make it fun—everybody leaves feeling pretty good, it seems.

      The tuition for TM classes is $1500, and there are easily obtainable scholarships for people who cannot afford the tuition. (The tuition covers 10-12 hours of instruction, over a couple of weeks, and is set at the actual cost of making the program available. No one makes any money off the TM program—all funds go to help sustain the non-profit Maharishi Foundation and make the practice available to more people. After you've learned, there's a lifetime of unlimited follow-up and support at no further cost to you.)

      I agree that it's important to do research into TM, especially to look at what people with scientific credentials are saying (such as NIH researcher Norman Rosenthal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bHRgOIlafo and established medical organizations such as the American Heart Association: http://meditationasheville.blogspot.com/2013/05/heart-association-transcendental.html )

      Perhaps most important, consider what veterans who've directly experienced TM have to say: http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org

      How the Lynch Foundation connects with the veterans, as I understand it, is that the local TM teachers can help veterans receive funding for TM training. We can also get grants from Maharishi Foundation. It happens all the time. You can call 888-Learn-TM to speak with a TM teacher and get further assistance.

      Best of luck and thank you thank you thank you for serving our country.
      Tom
      www.MeditationAsheville.org

      PS: There are lots of good answers to questions about TM at our local website. I invite you to explore.