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Healing An Afflicted Youth for an Empowered Society

Body / Health / Higher Consciousness / Mind / Soul / June 2, 2014

Inner emptiness, pain and turmoil accompanied by chemical dependency are dangerous combinations for our youth to behold.  How do we individually and as a collective contribute to this growing epidemic? 

According to the Department of Health and Human Service, 10 million children and early teens take antidepressant medication.

 

Yet this is an all too common reality our youth and students are faced with today.

Perhaps it is time to take action by giving serious consideration to another way for our youth to heal and regain balance through scientifically validated natural alternative’s that can powerfully compliment our current methods.

Of the myriad of important lifestyle choices and alternative’s available today, one that is worthy of serious consideration is the highly respected, deeply effective and scientifically verified technique of Transcendental Meditation®, or simply “TM”.

 

 

The TM® technique is a simple, natural, and non-religious technique that has been the subject of extensive scientific research over the past 50 years, including 340 peer-reviewed articles that have been published in highly respected journals.

These studies demonstrate what millions of people including hundreds of thousands of students are now experiencing, a reversal of many of the mental, emotional and physical imbalances that plague our kids and humanity today.

These disorders range from: depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia, autism, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, PTSD and ADHD, as well as a wide range of diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Our college students are intoxicating themselves three times more than the general population, a dangerous statistic considering that these are the most educated and “fortunate” kids in our society.

 

The dealing out of prescribed medication as well as non-medical use of prescription drugs, and general substance abuse, especially throughout college culture is on the rise. When you consider the holistic impact of this behavior, their side effects, and the all too common resulting dependency, this trend looks heart-breaking.

According to a Columbia University study, almost half of full-time college students binge drink or abuse prescription drugs, and almost a quarter of those college students meet the medical definition of having a problem with substance abuse or dependence. That is three times the rate of the general population

Our college students are intoxicating themselves three times more than the general population, a dangerous statistic considering that these are the most educated and “fortunate” kids in our society. Is this statistic one that we are ok leaving unquestioned? Or is our complacency with this issue dangerous?

Two-thirds of all children with ADHD were taking ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall—prescription drugs that carry warnings mandated by the government to alert people to their potential for negative side effects.

 

 

According to the Department of Health and Human Service, 10 million children and early teens take antidepressant medication.

Anxiety disorders are the most common illness, affecting approximately 40 million people in the US (18% of U.S. population) and affecting 1 in 8 children, and this number is on the rise.

For attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) alone, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports more than 20 million prescriptions are filled each year, an increase of more than 72 percent since 1995. Two-thirds of all children with ADHD were taking ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall—prescription drugs that carry warnings mandated by the government to alert people to their potential for negative side effects.

Negative side effects? When drugs such as Ritalin have side effects that include: panic, delusion, extreme fear, hallucinations, motor tics, sudden numbness or weakness sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance; fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Wouldn’t you as a parent naturally want to question and seek out an alternative solution that is less damaging to your child? Why do we consider that these side effects are acceptable? Is it simply because we lack knowledge of and access to affordable, natural, and effective solutions?

What meditation can do is settle down the nervous system to de-stress these students so that their minds are now open and available to being educated and learning.

 

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, who serves as clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, is a twenty-year researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, is the internationally recognized physciatrist who pioneered the study on seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

In his book, a New York Bestseller, “Transcendence – Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation”, Rosenthal offers fascinating scientific and experience-based insight into this natural solution of the TM program.

Dr. Rosenthal says, “What we know about Meditation is that it reduces stress, not just because we see it, but because we can measure it. The brainwaves in the electroencephalogram (EEG) change. There is more alpha wave strength, which means a more calming effect for students. There is more coherence, which means the brain is working efficiently. What meditation can do is settle down the nervous system to de-stress these students so that their minds are now open and available to being educated and to learning.”

As well as promoting balanced brain functioning, research shows that the deep rest that one experiences during the TM practice provides the body with the opportunity to dissolve toxic and harmful stress, in a very real and physical way. This leads to a significant reduction in stress, and all stress related diseases including anxiety and depression, two common stress-related disorders that highly affect our youth.

By powerfully dissolving toxic stress we inherently dissolve the cause that drives so many of our youth and students to take and abuse chemical substances in the first place. We thereby give our kids the opportunity to live natural, healthy and successful lives with increased: energy, stability, intelligence, emotional maturity, peace, academic performance and creativity.

These scientifically proven benefits occur naturally when one practices TM regularly, and the best thing is that there is no spectrum of extreme side effects, or harsh ‘come downs’ that accompany most drugs.

 

The book “Transcendence” also offers insight into the transformative power of the TM technique by way of many personal anecdotes. Movie Director, Martin Scorsese talks about his panic attacks powerfully subsiding. Musician Moby talks about his struggle with alcohol addiction and how he credits the TM technique in helping him get and stay sober. Comedian, Russell Brand talks about the TM technique being a powerful tool in his recovery program.

Movie Director David Lynch talks about his anger, depression and anxiety being dissolved through the TM technique. David was so deeply moved and inspired by his experience with the TM technique that in 2005, he set up the “David Lynch Foundation” http://davidlynchfoundation.org/ as a way to take the TM program to our most at-risk populations including hundreds of thousands of inner city school children.

These individuals and millions more have had the courage to step outside of conventional norms and open themselves up to questioning, exploring, and experiencing an alternate solution to self-medication. Through their own exploration they have successfully found a practice that perfectly compliments their healing program, and have consequently made a positive and life supporting change.

 

The 20-minute twice-daily program of TM is a natural and holistic alternative that we can provide as a deeper cure, and a proven tool for lasting recovery, inner fulfillment and empowerment to ourselves, our youth, our students, and society as a whole for a better and brighter future.

Written by Muze Collective

Muze Collective

A collaborative collection of alternative lifestyles, creative professionalism, and unique localized opportunities in a globalized society. Arts, culture, music, technology, media, food, fashion, film, photography, sustainability, health, mind, body, soul, and happiness; extraordinary friends doing extraordinary things in their daily lives to make the world a better place, one beautiful piece at a time.


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Muze Collective

A collaborative collection of alternative lifestyles, creative professionalism, and unique localized opportunities in a globalized society. Arts, culture, music, technology, media, food, fashion, film, photography, sustainability, health, mind, body, soul, and happiness; extraordinary friends doing extraordinary things in their daily lives to make the world a better place, one beautiful piece at a time.





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