Meditation stress

Meditation is being touted as a way to get students to calm down and focus their attention. But it’s agitating adults, reports Newsweek.

Some schools include yoga in their physical-education classes, private kiddie yoga classes abound and top universities regularly publish research on the benefits of meditation and prayer. TM (Transcendental Meditation) itself, which is promoted as a 20-minute physiological technique that calms the mind and nervous system, is also showing profound results where practiced, according to proponents: better grades and SAT scores, less bullying, longer attention spans and happier kids. They point to a slew of recent medical studies to back up their claims.

TM doesn’t have a calming influence on everyone. Critics believe that TM is a repackaged Eastern religious philosophy that should not be infiltrating public schools. They argue that TM invokes Hindu deities and in some cases is step one toward joining a cult.

A foundation started by filmmaker David Lynch is funding TM research and voluntary in-school programs with a focus on inner-city schools. It seems fairly easy to teach students how to meditate without invoking deities. And it’s got to be difficult to make kids meditate. For all anyone knows, they could be using the time to pray.

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  1. OregonLady says:

    “And it’s got to be difficult to make kids meditate. For all anyone knows, they could be using the time to pray.”

    Well, that’s exactly what I did! In my senior year of high school, I was in special PE because of a bum knee and we had to do yoga and meditate, so I spent the time praying. Maybe Christians should stop trying to get prayer back in schools and push for yoga instead. Mom used to always say there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

  2. I disagree with transcendental meditation on philosophic principle. The point of transcendental meditation is to ’empty the mind.’ I think that emptying the mind is the last thing that schools should be encouraging. As is noted above, no one probably actually does empty their mind (which is still a great failure since that’s the whole point, and yet another reason it’s not worth having in school). Every one does need time to de-stress though, and need not only be through meditation. Just doing a hobby or relaxing reading a good book, or spending time writing to a friend could easily be an active-minded way to unwind.

  3. Well, if we know that meditation is good, it increases concentration power. By doing meditation, we can be more focused on the things we do. I want to give an example here; if we are thirsty we would like to have a glass of water or any soft drink, at that moment we don’t think whether we should drink water or not . If we are feeling cold then we would like to have some warmth. In the same way if we want to have more concentration power, more peace of mind, more enthusiasm, then we should do meditation. Why to think of all these rubbish that this is Eastern Repackaged Philosophy or it will invoke Hindu deities, See Hindus don’t have any copy right on meditation, thus anyone who wants to get attached with one’s own true self, who wants to experience this cosmos energy, has a complete right to meditate. This is our fault when we take meditation as a sole property of Hindus or when we think that if we do meditation then we popularize the Eastern Philosophy. It’s all Myth. It’s not like that at all.
    I think one must go at site to understand what meditation is. Right now we are completely unaware of the true definition of meditation.
    And there is one more thing which I read in this article, is that ‘it’s got difficult to make kids meditate’, well there is a new technique has been evolved, that is very very easy & very very affective. That is known as Yoga-Nidra, it’s an easy technique in which we sleep but consciously, now this is the beauty of this technique. I think who so ever is interested can explore it at

  4. Sometimes I think my son would benefit from an old-fashioned Zen meditation teacher, who would whack him on the head with a stick when he fidgeted or lost concentration.