14 November 2013
In several countries in central and southeastern Europe new opportunities are arising for people to learn Transcendental Meditation, and the meditation technique and related programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi are becoming increasingly popular, especially among young, active people.
In the Czech Republic, interest in Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi's programmes to create coherence and peace in the world is increasing. Young people are coming to the Czech Republic from abroad to learn Transcendental Meditation, which is publicized on the national website for Transcendental Meditation and on a Transcendental Meditation page on Facebook®.
During the past year seminars and courses were held in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, near the border with Slovakia, and also in Slovakia itself.
An article about Transcendental Meditation, 'The Silence of the Mind is Healing', was published in a well-known monthly journal, Respekt. The article featured the beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation on health, how it can be used in schools, and its effectiveness in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans.
The activities of two new teachers of Transcendental Meditation in the region—one in the Czech Republic and one in Slovakia—has led to more interest in Transcendental Meditation. Group practice of Transcendental Meditation is ongoing in Prague, and also in Miroslav in South Moravia. Scientific research has shown that groups of people practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes contribute to increased coherence and positive trends in society, and decreased social stress, crime, and violence. As in the Czech Republic, in Slovakia many young people are drawn to learning Transcendental Meditation. (read more)