Transcendental Meditation Regaining Popularity
Transcendental Meditation (TM) which was very much in the news in the 1960s, is regaining its popularity of late. After the hoopla in the 1960s, things had become quiet for a while. But, in the last three years the number of TM practitioners has tripled in the U.S.
One of the main reasons for the spike in TM’s popularity are recent studies which reveal that TM can reduce stress and blood pressure. Besides, fees for the TM program have also come down from $2,500 to $1,500 as result of the economy.
Hollywood celebrities have also raised awareness about TM. Noted film director David Lynch has founded an organization which offers TM free to prisoners, homeless people, veterans and troubled students. David Lynch reveals he has personally benefited from TM and wants others to share his good feelings too. Lynch says TM floods him with peace, energy, love, bliss, creativity and intelligence.
Research also backs up the efficacy of TM. Independent studies reveal that TM can reduce diabetes, obesity and hypertension in patients suffering from coronary heart disease. Research at the American University found that TM boosts cognitive development and brain function. But, there are naysayers too, who say TM can cause bad and intense emotional experiences.