Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Gentle Reminder

... for the unthankful heart -
Estonian Proverb
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.

Frank A. Clark
If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.

Let's be grateful for what we have, big or small -
Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


H. U. Westermayer
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Word of the Day


Bloom where you're planted.

Going Inward...

REST is the basis of activity.

This fall-winter season, as the days get short and nights long, and cold, dark, dreary, can be depressing too, as they call the "holiday blues", try not to be overtaken by these moods. Instead, take the time to go inward and rest. Meditate. There is power in inwardness... In rest... It's healing, rejuvenating, transforming, as it prepares us for the next season, bright, sunny, lively spring and summer.

The holidays are here, which means busy schedules - traveling, shopping, celebrating, drinking, dining - all sorts of activities! And while it's all fun and exciting, it can also be exhausting and overwhelming!

Balance is the key to life. Go inward and rest...To the degree that we're rested, to the degree can we accomplish and achieve!! 
Enjoy the journey within... as you enjoy the Holidays without!!

And not just during the holidays but everyday of our lives -
Enjoy the journey inside and out!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

On Being

Brenda and I were talking about buddhist centers in the bay area over lunch yesterday. She said there were some she didn't like 'cause, apparently, some speakers talked too much instead of just having silence. They're "too busy being somebody instead of just being."

I like that! I really like that - One is a waste of time; the other, timeless.

Talk more about Being, Albert Einstein says -

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Check This Out!


Dr. Robert Herron, author of the new study


Over 5 years, the TM groups’s physician expenses decreased by 28%
(view enlarged chart)


Michael P. O’Donnell

Study Shows Medical Costs Decrease 28 Percent Over Five-Year Period

Former faculty researcher Robert Herron published a new study in the current issue of The American Journal of Health Promotion. His study found that people with consistently high health care costs experienced a 28 percent cumulative decrease in physician fees after an average of five years’ practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique compared with their baseline.

“This article has major policy significance for saving Medicare and Medicaid without cutting benefits or raising taxes,” Dr. Herron said. “Now it may be possible to rescue Medicare and Medicaid by adding coverage for learning the Transcendental Meditation technique.”

Dr. Herron compared the changes in physician costs for 142 Transcendental Meditation practitioners with 142 non-practitioners over five years in Quebec, Canada. The subjects in the control group were selected to match the profiles of the Transcendental Meditation technique group according to age, sex, and region. Data was provided by the Quebec Health Insurance Agency, the only health insurance provider in the province of Quebec.

“This study addresses an important issue that will be of interest to our readers,” said Michael P. O’Donnell, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion. “The manuscript is well organized and clearly written.”

This study’s findings were similar to earlier ones. In a previous Canadian study, the medical expenses of the Transcendental Meditation technique group were 5 to 13 percent lower than controls each year for six consecutive years.

In addition, in a sample of American health insurance enrollees, the Transcendental Meditation technique participants had reduced rates of illness in all disease categories. An 11-year study found that subjects age 45 and over who practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique had 88 percent fewer hospital days compared with the control group. Their medical expenditures were 60 percent below the norm.

Dr. Herron is the Director of the Center for Health Systems Analysis in Fairfield, Iowa and author of New Knowledge for New Results: A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Skyrocketing Medical Costs. Dr. Herron was the first to describe the impact of the Transcendental Meditation technique on health care costs as a PhD student at MUM. As an independent researcher and consultant, he has conducted extensive research on how to improve medical system effectiveness and reduce national and corporate medical expenditures.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Brenda hung out at home while waiting to do some personal business. So while she rested on the sofa, I did my TM for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, I got a call to come to work earlier than usual to help out with the on-going shift. I went after Brenda left, expecting a busy stressful day, and it was, but for some strange reason, calmness took over me. It was so deep, so profound, I suddenly remembered the times when I worked at my old jobs with such ease, no pressure, no stress. Right there and then, something in me whispered, "I can do this." - I can work the way I used to, where nothing ever bothered me!

I realized then that the reason why I'm so stressed out at work is not because it is stressful. It really is, so much so that I thought TM didn't work for me anymore, but rather, I haven't been doing TM regularly due to my work schedule. I didn't have a good TM program today. I thought there were too many interruptions. Yet as Maharishi says, "Even a shallow dive will make you wet."
TM did help me tremendously today.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What a Feeling!

WOW! To leave work and go home before sundown... it's just so natural to the body, so in tune with Nature! I was so thrilled I decided to go to Starbuck's for a cold drink, (which I normally don't drink), and chill out. I really hope to work days more.

What a GREAT feeling!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Today I worked day and it was nice. Really good! Everything seemed to just flow naturally, the way it should. I like it. I hope to work days more.


Today is 11/1/11.