Saturday, November 1, 2008

Educators Applaud the Quiet Time Program


On October 16, the National Summit on Student Health and Education was held in New York City. Over 375 educators, government leaders, and philanthropists attended the Summit, which highlighted the benefits of 35 years of scientific research and classroom experience with the Quiet Time Transcendental Mediation program. Over 85 schools have already signed up to start the program.

Highlighted in this second of a two-part report on the Summit are comments from several of the principals, assistant principals, and students who spoke during the Summit:

George H. Rutherford II, Ph.D., a 44-year educator in Washington, D.C. and the current principal of Ideal Academy Public Charter School, where every student from grades 6 to 12 meditates, said that when the students began to meditate together, they “got along better with one another, attendance improved, and academic achievement went up.

Fights, behavior incidents, and suspensions went down.”

Rochelle Jones, Ed.D., assistant principal at Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut, first introduced the program to a small group of students. When the English, Math, and Science scores of the test group went up, she implemented it school-wide. Since then, 500 students and teachers have learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique.

“Kids tell me they appreciate the program and now they are excited to come to school,” she says.

Joseph Thomas, a senior at Weaver High School, explained that the Transcendental Meditation technique improves his athletic performance, gives him more energy for training, and helps him calm down after football practice.

“The TM program minimizes the craziness in the school.”

Angela Dunnham, president of the senior class in Weaver High School, described how during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation program the noise and distractions of her environment magically disappear.

“Weaver is becoming a more harmonious place as a result of students regularly practicing the TM program.”

Nancy Spillane, head of Lowell Whiteman Primary School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, saw a video segment on the NBC Today Show about the success of the Quiet/Time Transcendental Meditation program in Detroit. “I thought if I didn’t look into it, I might be doing a disservice to our children,” she says. The school incorporated the Quiet Time into the school curriculum by cutting back just a few minutes of each class period. “Now the teachers wouldn’t want that time back: students’ concentration and attention increased and discipline issues decreased.

In one year, all the teachers, as well as several board members and parents learned the Transcendental Meditation program.”

James Dierke, principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco and national middle school principal of the year in 2008, found “a tremendous happiness” in his school. “Student and teacher absences have been reduced, and the general attitude of the school has improved greatly since we started the Quiet Time activities.”

Ashley Deans, Ph.D., director of international programs for the Committee for Stress-Free Schools who also served for 18 years as the principal of the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, explained that the TM® technique is key to the educational process because,

“Only the experience of inner silence gained during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique develops the whole brain.”

To view the Summit in its entirety, please visit

For more information about the expansion of the Transcendental Meditation program in education, see

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Maharishi University students are changing the world!

Sustainability Students are transforming campus and student life at Maharishi University of Management and soon will be making a big difference in the way our world works from now on! Three students discuss the Sustainability Program in the following press release:

Alex Cequea — Marketing Sustainability and Consciousness Major

Alexander Cequea, was raised in Venezuela and attended the University of Houston. But in Spring of 2006, he visited M.U.M. during the first David Lynch Weekend and enrolled that fall. “I was looking for an education that would bring more personal growth,” he says. “When I started meeting the students and faculty I immediately knew I was in the right place.”

“What we're doing at M.U.M., creating collective peace and radiating it to the world, is truly revolutionary. I feel blessed to have found this university, an oasis of consciousness.”

Along with M.U.M. students Troy van Beek and Robbie Gongwer, Alex formed a green consulting and media company called The Tidal Wave Group, with the motto: Navigating environmental sustainability and consciousness.

Tidal Wave offers businesses consultations on sustainability. Using marketing techniques, such as networking and blogging, the firm helps businesses tap into the areas of the Internet where consumers interact with each other and create a buzz about their product.

Alex is editor-in-chief of Conscious Times, MUM’s student newspaper. He will graduate this year and plans to enroll in MUM’s MBA in Sustainability.

Elisabet Humble — Sustainable Living Program

Elisabet Humble was on her way to a paralegal degree in Texas when she found out about Maharishi University of Management. Intrigued by the University’s holistic approach to education and the deeper element of consciousness, Elisabet attended a Visitors Weekend in July of 2007 and three weeks later her she enrolled.

Elisabet was interested in permaculture so she enrolled in the Sustainable Living program. “This program has us learn actively, not just from books,” she says. “The hands-on projects make learning more concrete for us so we get an idea what it is like in real life.”

In her first year, Elisabet became the student organizer for the Eco Fair. She booked the speakers, secured the venue for the event, and oversaw marketing. Since then she started two student clubs: the Bee Collective, for students interested in bee keeping, and the Guild of Herbalists, for students who want to learn the identification of herbs and make medicinal preparations.

Elisabet has a lot more in store for the future: “I want to start a business that will provide financial backing to create sustainable communities.”

Todd Ashelman — Living the Busiest, Yet Most Relaxing Life

Todd Ashelman had lived in an earth house in West Virginia, watched his father build solar-powered electric cars in Hawaii, and even worked as a massage therapist. He was drawn to M.U.M. for three reasons, “Family, sustainability, and consciousness.”

Todd contributes to the M.U.M. community in so many ways. As Sustainable Living President of the Global Student Council of M.U.M. he acts as a liaison between the University’s sustainable administration and the student body.

As head of the Bike Club, Todd offers instruction on how to fix bikes and he is preparing to collect donated bicycles for students to use. He is also active in Green Screen, a weekly environmental movie night and helps organize the annual Eco Fair. “I enjoy the challenge of testing how much I can do and still remain rested,” he says.

Somehow, Todd has room for more projects in his calendar, including assisting in the installation of wind generators and solar collectors on campus. “These projects should be examples for other universities to be sustainable and profitable,” he says.

Wow! These young people are the future. Aren't we blessed?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

National Education Summit - October 16, 2008


You are invited to view online or attend in person the National Education Summit and Luncheon, which will showcase an effective program for reducing classroom stress and teacher burnout and improving academic achievement.

The mounting crisis of classroom stress, which undermines academic achievement and damages health, demands an innovative, practical solution. There is significant and compelling data that the answer lies in a stress-reducing, nonreligious in-school quiet time/meditation program.

On Thursday, October 16, in New York City,at 12:45 EDT, the “National Summit on Student Health and Education” will highlight 35 years of scientific research and classroom experience with tens of thousands of students participating in the Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation program.

You are invited to view the Summit online at

For more information, please see

Information provided by,

George Rutherford, Ph.D.
Principal, Ideal Academy Public Charter School
District of Columbia;
Co-Director, U.S. Committee for Stress-Free Schools

Thursday, October 9, 2008

It's Victory Day!

Maharishi said, "Pick something great to do. And do it!" Good advice. Time to meditate and act. Every single day. The results will amaze us when we follow this simple formula: 15 or 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation twice a day. And then, taking action in between!

We are snatching Victory from the jaws of Deceit and freeing ourselves from the shameless policies of the past. Let us change the institutions of every country into organizations which shall be driven by honest policies and profoundly transparent competent actions. Let this day each year always offer  a "wake up call" to every citizen of every country in the world.

Happy Victory Day!

Photo credit: The Transcendental Meditation Program

Monday, August 25, 2008

Using a cow for a compass?

Cows seem to know how to find north and south, say researchers who have studied satellite photos of thousands of cows around the world. The cattle which were grazing or resting tended to align their bodies in a north-south direction, a team of German and Czech researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And the findings held true regardless of the continent, according to the study led by Hynek Burda and Sabine Begall of the faculty of biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. "The magnetic field of the Earth has to be considered as a factor," the scientists said.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

My garden, My city...

On 11 May 2008 Asian News International reported: The pollution-free city of Chandigarh, which borders both the states of Punjab and Haryana, India---with its flowering trees, parks, gardens, and 'vast green expanses'---is a model city for the rest of India and the world to emulate.

In the planned city*, "One can today notice how the general feeling of---My garden, My city---has influenced the entire landscape and ultimately turning out to be the essence of Chandigarh. Chandigarh has also gained worldwide reputation for being a verdant haven. Be it roadsides, colonies or every possible place, care is given to ensure beautification through greenery."

The city's administration has employed over 600 gardeners to keep the city's gardens and landscaping green and beautiful.

* For more insight into the planning of Chandigarh go to:

© Copyright 2008 Global Good News®

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights those programs which have been proven to raise the quality of life for people in every society.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Nuggets of Gold...

This poem was written by my mother as a gift to me and every Mother's Day when I read it I understand a little bit more about my mother and myself...

I would, if I could, give you nuggets of gold,
But all I can offer are gems such as these…
A ray of sunlight on a new-green leaf,
A moment of quiet in a garden in bloom.
Thunder sounding on a bone-dry day,
And the rain that's sure to follow...
I can smell it on the way.
Embrace it! Enjoy it!
Treasure it, too.
Golden gifts seem far too few.
But I see some shining there for you
Like nuggets glistening in a mountain stream…
Waiting there for you to see.
You'll remember these things
When you're old like me.
You won't doubt any longer,
You'll be totally free to
Look back at what's happened
And suddenly know
Your life has had value,
It was full of ...
pure gold.

Nuggets of Gold © 2000 and Self-Portrait by Luella Phoebe Freeman (1910-2001) Wife, Mother, artist, horticulturist, and uplifter of all souls who ever needed encouragement on this interesting journey called "Life"...

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The undeniable lightness of lemons...

The weather is inviting. Farmers' markets are opening and fresh flowers are beginning to appear everywhere in abundance. It certainly is spring in most places now. In some areas fund-raising events are in beginning to take place. Last year I volunteered to serve refreshments at an arts council event. The lemonade we served was a huge hit. Other beverages sold well, of course, but my station was the only one where people actually were standing in line to buy re-fills!

To make lemonade for the crowd that will be attending your event, you will need: simple syrup, water, crushed ice, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and lemon slices.

The day before the event you will want to do the following:
  • Make up a batch of simple syrup:
Combine one cup of white sugar and one cup of water in a heavy saucepan. Simmer the sugar and water over medium heat and stir until all the sugar dissolves. Continue to simmer for about 5 minutes until the syrup is clear. Then remove the pan from the heat. Cool to room temperature. Pour this cool simple syrup into a gallon jar; add enough cool water to fill up the jar. One gallon of watered-down syrup is about right for a large family picnic.
For a fund-raising event, you will need to triple the amount of simple syrup shown above and add the cooled syrup to three gallons of water. Three gallons of watered-down syrup will serve a large crowd.
  • Reserve the sugar/water mixture in your refrigerator.
  • Next you will need to squeeze a lot of lemons. How many is up to you. But if you have a large event you will want one gallon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice for every three gallons of simple syrup/water mix. Reserve this lemon juice in a glass gallon jug or in several glass containers in your refrigerator.
  • Slice lemons cross-wise for garnish, wrap these in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
On the day of the event, set up your serving station:
  • Fill a clean ice chest to the brim with crushed ice. Place a sturdy scoop inside the ice chest so it will be handy.
  • Position a stack of tall beverage cups at your table/station.
  • Fill a glass pitcher with syrup mix and one with lemon juice. Place these, side-by side, and use a small sauce ladle for dispensing the lemon juice.
  • Have lemon slices on a pretty plate---at the ready.
  • Scoop ice chips into each beverage container as the order is placed.
  • Fill each beverage container 3/4 full of the syrup mix.
  • Add 2, 3 or 4 ladles of lemon juice depending on the customer's taste---Ask how they like it---mild, medium, or very tart?
  • Add a lemon slice as garnish and a swizzle stick or straw to stir.
If you are serving at a fund-raiser, smile sweetly and say, "Two dollars, please."
This recipe will return a tremendous profit, and gives enjoyment to all who buy!
Many thanks to Claire, my friend, neighbor and fellow arts council member who shared this recipe with me.
Still Life with Lemons was painted by Wanda Westberg, one of America's finest traditional plein-air landscape painters. This painting and others are currently offered for sale at William Lester Gallery:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

April 25th is Arbor Day!!

"For the forest to be green, each tree must be green!" ~Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Concerned about the environment? Plant a tree today! And start TM as soon as possible. For a teacher near you:

Photo credit: Natalie Neal Whitefield

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The blue birds are back!


This morning the pine trees are crowned with male mountain bluebirds, each confident that he is the bluest and fairest of them all. The lady bluebirds keep a lower profile, clustering in shy groups, looking every bit like coy schoolgirls in soft blue-brown gowns. 

Photo credit: Image of a male mountain bluebird is by courtesy of the Montana Natural Resources Information System

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sunday visitors...

I have had the pleasure of entertaining guests today.

Swinging from the branches of a holly tree, the Cedar Waxwings play

Like naughty well-dressed children released from church.

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) perched in the branches of a weeping holly tree. Photo was taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 by Ken Thomas who has graciously provided this beautiful image to the public domain. Source:
Photographer's personal website:

Thank you, Ken. You are a gifted photographer and a generous person.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Thank you!

Best in the Whole Wide World was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition!

Many thanks to those who submitted reviews. May I quote you?

P.S. Cover art by Bob Vale at Graphic Word