Living Well with Michelle: Transcendental Meditation

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In this week’s Living Well with Michelle, Michelle looked into transcendental meditation (TM). Michelle met with UAB behavioral neuroscientist Dr. Edward Taub to talk about the benefits.

“The advantageous that meditation makes available is due to the reduction of stress in the nervous system,” Taub said. “Many conditions, including cancer, are stress-related. If you reduce stress in the individual, then a large number of conditions are reduced.”

Unlike many types of meditation, like mindfulness, TM is taught by a certified instructor.

Alabama transcendental meditation program executive director John Harrod has been practicing TM for more than 40 years. Today, he’s teaching others how to harness the power of a quiet mind.

“Once you learn TM,” Harrod said. “You can practice outside, you can practice in the newsroom, you can practice anywhere that you go.”

The meditations are focused on a mantra, specific to each person practicing.

Dr. Taub said the benefits of TM extend far beyond just a calm state of mind.

“The advantages that meditation makes available is due to the reduction of stress in the nervous system,” Taub said. “Many conditions, including cancer, are stress-related. If you reduce stress in the individual, then a large number of conditions are reduced.”

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