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A Little Peace and Quiet: Transcendental Meditation And Kids

Kids meditating

Last night’s episode of Oprah Winfrey’s new show Next Chapter found Oprah splish-splashing around in the Transcendental Meditation (TM) pool.

So naturally,when it’s Oprah, there are some people are talking about it the next day.

Oprah’s visit to Fairfield, Iowa, the country’s leading TM town (think mining-town, but substitute meditation for coal or gold) was pretty intriguing, if nothing else.

A whole town pursuing a higher spiritual path can’t ever be a bad thing really, especially if the quality of life for residents is improved because of it.

Out there, all of the cool kids are doing it.

Plus, Oprah’s put the whole movement into serious action in her world too. In a Huffington Post piece from today there is a quote from last night’s program in which the media mogul explains how TM has played a role in her own company.

“I brought transcendental meditation teachers into Harpo Studios to teach me and my team how to meditate. Seven of us. Seven led to 70… to 270… Now everybody in the company meditates at 9 o’clock in the morning and 4:30 in the afternoon. No matter what’s going on, we stop, we meditate.”

That’s pretty impressive.

Think about it.

Harpo Productions is an incredibly successful company located in metropolitan Chicago. That means there has to be a variety of people from all walks of life working there. And, yeah….maybe they are going along with it because Oprah said to, but I think that I will give them a little bit more credit.

I have a sneaking suspicion they are doing it because it helps. But that’s just me.

So, that got me to thinking?

Would this be a good thing for my kids? Would this thing for us as a family, maybe?

If there is a calming/tranquil state of mind to be had anywhere in the universe…doesn’t it seem like we might want to introduce that to our toddlers while they blowing snot bubbles out their nose like the baby dragon monsters they can so often turn in to during those difficult years?

And what about our teenagers? Couldn’t they use a little place in space to chill out and reflect upon their crazy lives?

Transcendental Meditation is a self-described “spiritual, scientific, and non-religious” movement brought to the world stage by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960′s. It is based upon Indian philosophies and the teachings of Buddah and Krishna and a few others.

But how does it work with children, that’s what I want to know? I myself have never done it, but to be honest I have always been really interested. I am willing to admit that I have been a hyper-stressed/spazzy dude for a long time, and when I heard that intelligent and bright people like film maker David Lynch and radio legend Howard Stern were followers, I thought, “Hey, this might be cool.”

But like a lot of things, I put it off.

Today, though, I’m looking at this Transcendental Meditation thing from an entirely new and different angle. I’m looking at it as a dad.

There have few studies done and it seems that TM in schools that aren’t specialized or exclusive doesn’t exist. Fair enough.

But what do you think? Do any of you know enough about TM to elaborate on the idea of involving children? Or does it seem like a waste of time to you?

I find it near impossible to imagine my three year old daughter sitting still long enough to do it, but then again…maybe that’s my whole point here, huh?

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