Transcendental meditation, a technique used to acknowledge and push away distracting thoughts and promote relaxed awareness, has been found to significantly reduce trauma symptoms in female prisoner inmates, according to a new study published in The Permanente Journal.
The inmates were taught Transcendental Meditation by certified teachers, and practiced the relaxation technique 20 minutes twice a day. After four months, study participants experienced such benefits as less stress, better sleep, more mental clarity, greater inner peace and improved relationships.
“This study is a valuable addition to the research literature in women’s mental health, showing a natural and effortless alternative approach to reducing trauma symptoms,” said lead author Dr. Sanford Nidich, director of the Center for Social and Emotional Health at Maharishi University of Management.
5 Reasons to Try Transcendental Meditation Today
Transcendental meditation is a great tool for your recovery – and, perhaps the best part, it’s easy and you can do it anywhere or anytime. Here are a few of the many perks:
- You’ll learn to quell anxiety and stress – both known relapse triggers.
- You’ll learn to stay in the present and to think before you act or react – for example, before you give into a craving.
- You’ll learn to be more mindful of your thoughts, behaviors and triggers.
- You’ll learn to notice and accept your thoughts without passing judgment or getting caught up in their meanings.
- You’ll learn to better control your emotions.
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