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Fewer Car Accidents

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Fewer Car AccidentsAn article published in The Journal of Management & Social Science suggests that practicing Transcendental Meditation can reduce rates of car accidents. Focusing on the benefits of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi program, the article notes how its main goal is to prevent conflict, crime, and terrorism on a national and international scale. By striving to diminish the societal stressors that it claims lead to war, Transcendental Meditation is hypothesized to reduce war-related consequences. Fewer car accidents, which often result as an effect of such societal stressors, are one of the positive changes found to result from the TM-Sidhi program, suggesting its success in lowering the rate of car accidents.

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Contributes to Fewer Crimes

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

meditation-image-4According to results published in multiple journals, meditation helps improve war-related effects such as contributes to fewer crimes. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi developed a military-focused Transcendental Meditation program called Invincible Defence Technology (IDT) whose goal was to reduce war-related conflict caused by society-wide stressors. IDT aims to reduce these large-scale societal stressors with the ultimate objective of reducing the war and terrorism-associated crime that is associated with those stressors. Upon completion of the IDT program, researchers found marked reductions in societal stress, resulting in diminished crime rates among the population. When administered to a population, IDT caused a dramatic reduction in war-related crime and conflict, demonstrating its crime-combating effects.

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Decreases Crime Rates

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

meditation-image-5A paper published in The Journal of Management & Social Science indicates that practicing Transcendental Meditation has the potential to reduce crime rates. The study focused on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s TM-Sidhi program, which was specifically developed to prevent large-scale conflict and crime. Mahesh’s program is based on the belief that societal stress can lead to national and international conflict, as well as crime and terrorism. The study hypothesizes that Transcendental Meditation can reduce these societal stressors, and as a result, decrease the violence associated with those stressors, including crime. Researchers documented notable reductions in crime rates following the completion of the program, suggesting the success of Transcendental Meditation in decreasing crime.

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Reduces the Stressors that Lead to War

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-17The Journal of Conflict Resolution reported that when employed on a broad scale within a military context, transcendental meditation has the ability to reduce societal tensions that often lead to war. This meditative technique is known as invincible defence technology, or IDT, when used in a military setting. The program had clear positive effects on those who were trained in IDT. During the Lebanon War in the 1980s, IDT practices had a clear statistical impact on the population, demonstrating a significant reduction in war-related deaths and injuries. Researchers predict that this process could be used with any military, in any part of the world to facilitate prolonged peace in lieu of involvement in future wars.

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Defense through Peace

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-18The Pakistani Journal of Management and Social Science recently reported that transcendental meditation has the potential to reduce conflict in combat zones. Researchers propose the establishment of a “Prevention Wing” of the military, which involves training military personnel in transcendental meditation, better known as IDT in this setting. If big enough, groups of personnel who practice IDT twice daily are proven to reduce societal stressors that can cause conflict and result in war. The absence of these stressors, the study suggests, could mean the disappearance of tensions between different countries and other groups in conflict, including religious and ethnic groups. Consequently, through meditation, it is hypothetically possible to avoid a large-scale global conflict.

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Mindful Libido Boost

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-19While there are a plethora of products (pharmaceutical or otherwise) available to men to enhance sexual performance, there are very few enhancement products for female sexual performance. In a recent study, The British Columbia Center for Sexual Medicine found that mindful meditation practices helped to enhance libido and sexual satisfaction, particularly among women. The participants included 26 women who had sought treatment for low libido. The results of the study indicated a marked increase in participants’ libido after a meditation session. Meditation causes the body and the mind to go into a calm state, which likely helped the patients of the study enjoy the present moment and thus experience increased pleasure, all without the aid of any pharmaceuticals.

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Enhance Sex Life

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-20Meditation can improve women’s overall experience of sex, an article in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine reported. Researchers discovered that the soothing effect that mindful meditation has on many people – particularly women – helps tamper rapid thinking and higher anxiety levels that often inhibit the achievement of sexual satisfaction. The fact that mindful meditation can improve the quality of women’s sex life is yet another motivation for exploring mind-body techniques like yoga and meditation. An increased libido, combined with the other calming and healthy effects of meditation, will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the well being of those who practice it.

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Better Sex through Better Focus

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-21A study conducted by Gina Silverstein and colleagues at Brown University found that mindful meditation has the potential to help people hone in on their sexual sensations, leading to a more fulfilling sex life. The group of participants, made up of 30 women and 14 men, participated in a 12 week meditation course. Throughout this period, subjects were shown a series of photos that ranged from neutral to erotic in nature and then asked to rate their levels of sexual excitement. As the meditation program continued, the participants became aroused by the erotic photos more quickly. These findings demonstrated that meditation helps people learn to focus on the present moment, allowing them to experience sexual pleasure more intensely.

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Brief Transcendence

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-22Nadia Webb for Scientific American explains that meditation and orgasms have similar effects on the brain. Webb notes that different parts of the brain are shut off momentarily during orgasms as well as during meditation. Even though the parts of the brain that shut off during these two processes differ, they both achieve a similar effect of leaving the subject decentralized from themselves and the physical environment. Meditation allows a person to completely forget the outside world and focus only on the here and now. Similarly, an orgasm facilitates an individual’s brief escape – or transcendence –from the preoccupations of everyday life.

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Becoming the Self

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-23Nadia Webb for Scientific American writes that orgasms and meditation affect the brain similarly in terms of reducing self-awareness; but in two markedly different ways. Meditation offers practitioners with a relief from self-preoccupation, which generates a significant boost in happiness measured through increased activity in the brain’s Left prefrontal cortex. Tibetan Buddhist monks actually demonstrate a significant spike in this area when performing compassion meditation. Cognitively speaking, meditation tends to help one escape the body mentally, whilst an orgasm makes it more in tuned with the body on a physical level. Webb believes that avoiding self-awareness, if only for a brief moment, is an under-appreciated practice.

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Curbs Urges of Teen Sex Offenders

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

urlThe results of a two-year program at Intermountain West Human Service Agency suggest that meditation and yoga can be used to correct abusive behavior in teens. A group of 14 boys between the ages of 15-18 completed the program, which involved a regimen of yoga and meditation to rehabilitate them away from sexually deviant acts. The researchers found that, following the program all participants had fewer inappropriate or destructive thoughts and urges to commit any more sexual offenses. There was a sense that the boys had learned how to better cope with their emotions. It is possible that meditation and yoga could be implemented on a larger scale in the future for preventative treatment of individuals’ abusive or harmful behavior.

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Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-101A new approach that merges meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy is gaining popularity in the field of psychotherapy. The April 2005 edition of the Harvard Mental Health Letter notes that cognitive therapy professionals have begun to recognize the beneficial healing qualities of meditation for their patients. Historically, cognitive behavioral therapy was an empirical cause and effect affair that didn’t consider emotions. Patients being treated as part of this new “third wave” of therapy, however, are being introduced to meditative techniques that aid them in reflecting inwards on their feelings during times of duress or when they experience changes in temperament. This merging of cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation shows promise for the continuing evolution of the psychotherapeutic field.

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