The first-ever research on TM was done by the late Dr John Allison, a London GP, back in 1969. It revealed a remarkably deep state of rest during TM, as measured by the drop in oxygen consumption – 16 per cent, compared with the 8 per cent known to occur during night sleep. At the time, night sleep was thought by physiologists to be the most effective form of rest available to us. The editor of The Lancet, the medical journal, at first rejected Dr Allison’s research, pointing out to him in a letter that his figures for oxygen consumption were “incompatible with life”! His findings were eventually published in The Lancet as a letter – and since then have been replicated more than 20 times by universities and research institutes.

This big drop in oxygen consumption indicates that, whatever is happening during TM must be natural, ie without effort.

Los Angeles – Jennifer Aniston says transcendental meditation keeps her looking young.

The Cake actress is renowned for her radiant skin and beautiful hair, but says the thing that’s helped her keep her looks best is the mantra meditation technique pioneered by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 50s.

When asked what the number one thing which has kept her looking so amazing is, Jennifer replied: “I’d say a little over a year ago I started doing TM (transcendental meditation) and that’s really changed everything. Starting your day off with that and ending with that is pretty powerful. Twenty minutes, you just notice the difference. When I get lazy and don’t get it in, I can feel a difference. I do it first thing when I wake up.”

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Transcendental meditation is for human beings, and it transforms life for the good, no matter who you are or what your situation is. For instance, everybody knows education is pretty bad shape these days. There’s lots of problems, even in the so-called “good” schools. Stress is hitting kids at a younger and younger age, and there’s bullying, there’s fights, there’s legal and illegal drugs, there’s bad relationships, bad grades, nobody likes to learn, there’s teacher burnout, and it’s kind of a mess. People have tried many things to help, but in my opinion, lots of these good things are surface cures–they don’t address the torment inside the student, or the teacher, or the principal. When they get this transcendental meditation, it’s a mental techique that allows them to dive deep within to the deepest level of life, which underlies all matter and mind. At the border of intellect, you transcend and experience that unbounded level of life: all positive, pure consciousness with qualities of intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy, and peace. I like to say gold flows in and garbage goes out.

There’s a school that’s the flagship school: it’s Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco. There was tremendous violence, shootings in the neighborhood, very bad grades, lots and lots of traumatic stress. They tried many many different things. Jim Dierke, the [now-retired] principal, looking into transcendental meditation, said, “Let’s try this.” He had to fight for it. But little by little by little, the whole student body learned, the teachers learned, the staff learned, and the principal learned. And within one year, the school was 180 degrees turned around. The fighting stopped, the relationships improved, students got happy, the teachers started loving to teach again, and the principal was just jumping up and down.

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