With one Australian having a heart attack or stroke every four minutes, this National Heart Week Australians are urged to take up a scientifically-proven meditation technique which can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Transcendental Meditation® (TM) organisation national director for Australia, Dr Tim Carr, said TM was evidence-based, side effect free and taught in a standardised way by certified instructors. “Doctors feel comfortable prescribing TM because of this, and it’s also easy to learn and pleasant to do, so patients are more likely to persist with it,” Dr Carr said. “This week is Heart Week, and what better way to do something beneficial for yourself and your loved ones, than to learn TM – and like exercise, it is something we can all do to protect our mind and body from illness.”
“The Transcendental Meditation technique is completely different to other meditation techniques as it involves no concentrating or focusing, no trying to empty the mind,” he said. “It’s is like taking a mental bath morning and evening”
An American Heart Association (AHA) study found a 48 per cent reduction in heart attacks, strokes and all causes of mortality among patients with established coronary artery disease who practised TM twice daily. The AHA also recommends TM for the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, a statement backed up by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
While the physical benefits of TM were scientifically proven, the emotional and social benefits were an often overlooked bonus, Dr Carr said. “TM not only promotes physical heart health, but also gives a brighter more positive state of mind and outlook on life. This is not difficult to understand as it is well known that negative states of mind are as much a risk for heart disease as high blood pressure and cholesterol.”
TM has a host of celebrity followers, including Australian actor Hugh Jackman, talkshow queen Oprah and A-lister Cameron Diaz. Hugh Jackman said TM has changed his life and lets him connect with what is most important. “Nothing has ever opened my eyes like TM has, it makes me calm and happy in a chaotic life,” Mr Jackman said.
For more information on the TM technique go to: www.tm.org.au
WHAT THE TM CELEBRITY AMBASSADORS HAVE TO SAY:
“I am 1000% better when I do it.”
“Transcendental Meditation gives me an island of calm in the midst of so much turbulence”
Sir Paul McCartney
“Meditation Has Changed My Life. Nothing has ever opened my eyes like Transcendental Meditation has. It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life!
“The activity of being a husband, a father—those are roles, too, but underneath them is the spiritual centre that connects us all, and that’s what’s most important.
In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”
“It’s like a charger for your whole body.”
“It was the easiest thing I’ve ever learned.”
“If this kind of result was observed for a new prescription drug, it would be a billion-dollar industry to make it available to everyone immediately.”
Dr Norman Rosenthal
Renowned psychiatrist & best-selling author