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The experience of transcendental meditation in middle school students

26 Jan
Researchers from the University of Michigan’s Department of Integrative Medicine examined whether practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) offered beneficial outcomes to seventh graders. Ten middle school students were taught to practice TM for a one-year period, and then were interviewed in a semi-structured qualitative way to determine benefits.

Students described (1) an increasing state of restful alertness; (2) improvement in emotional intelligence skills (self-control, self-reflection/awareness, and flexibility in emotional response); and (3) improvement in academic performance.

Further study is warranted to back up these suggested outcomes, preferably which can provide empirical validation and systematic analysis.

Citation: Rosaen C, Benn R. The experience of transcendental meditation in middle school students: a qualitative report. Explore (NY). 2006 Sep-Oct; 2 (5): pp. 422-5

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award