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» From the Blues to Bliss: Transcendental Meditation is Transporting Long Island Women

By Janet Hoffman on September 24, 2013


Let’s face it ladies: the statistics are grim.  There’s a plague of stress in the United States.  It’s in our schools, our workplaces and our homes.  Studies show that one out of four visits by women to physicians involves a prescription for depression. Women today claim to be, on average, forty percent less happy than women forty years ago.  There are now more women than men in the workforce, but we are more susceptible to stress at work.  Heart disease, already the number one cause of fatality among women, is increasing.

The good news is that there is, easily within our reach, a deterrent and cure for this plague.  Research scientists, physicians, and celebrities galore are publicly endorsing a scientifically validated technique that reduces stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cardiovascular disease, while it increases intelligence, focus, energy, resilience, and happiness.

What do Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Oz, Paul McCartney, Dr. Pam Peeke, Jerry Seinfeld, and Candy Crowley have in common with six million others worldwide?  They all practice the Transcendental Meditation technique. The TM technique, the program for the development of full potential of life founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, has been verified for its positive effects on mental, physical, and emotional health by more than 365 peer-reviewed published research studies. Over $25 million of studies done on the benefits of the technique to heart disease has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.  This technique is so widely accepted that it is taught in schools, prisons, to the military and veterans, and in businesses as well as to the public through certified TM teachers.  Ray Dalio, Founder and President of Bridgewater, one of the most successful hedge funds worldwide, credits his success to the TM practice.

Psychiatrist Dr. Joanne Frankel says, “The gains I’ve seen in my patients who practice the TM technique include increases in emotional stability, intuition, self-confidence, and mind-body integration.”

Can you just close your eyes and get these results on your own? Will any meditation program work?

Long Island neurologist Dr. Gary Kaplan wrote, ““Research shows that for reducing stress and promoting health, all meditation practices are not the same. People who come to me for relief from stress and stress-related disorders need an effective meditation that’s quickly mastered and produces consistent results. Though TM is a mental technique, due to the mind-body relationship the practice has extensive physiological effects. TM allows the mind to settle very deeply inward—in a natural way. TM teachers call this ‘effortless transcending.’ It’s what sets TM apart and why the technique is so beneficial for mind and body, right from the start.”

Transcendental Meditation is done sitting comfortably with closed eyes, and involves no religion, change in lifestyle, concentration or effort.  Long Island TMer Alice Brickman meditates twice a day, and her mother learned TM too when she saw the benefits that Alice was experiencing. Women notice greater happiness, confidence, and self-esteem as well as the broad range of health benefits.



About the author
Janet Hoffman is the executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the United States