Posts By Linda Egenes


How to Help an Emotional Teenager

Imagine the perfect situation — you get several years with free room and board, and all living expenses paid. You can spend all of your time learning, exercising, growing, and socializing. Your physiology is young and healthy, and you are flush with friends. It’s a perfect world. This is an idealized description of high school […]


How to Keep Technology in Balance by Going Deep

Some years ago, my husband and I were teaching a course in the Swiss Alps overlooking Lake Lucerne. One day we were walking on a crowded street in the city of Lucerne, and our friend pointed out, “Notice how every last person crossing this street stays within the white lines.”It was kind of freaky. That […]


Nurses Need Nourishing Too: New Research Shows TM Reduces Compassion Fatigue

I just learned a new term: “compassion fatigue.” This is what nurses, professional caregivers and first responders experience when they’re too tired, too sad and too stressed to feel normal compassion for their patients. It’s also known as secondary traumatic stress (STS) and is characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. Having watched many nurses in action during my parents’ multiple […]


Demystifying Happiness: Why Being Happy Is the Best Way to Help Others (Part Two of a Two-Part Series on Happiness)

My husband likes to tell the story of the time we went to see the movie Bridesmaids. Five minutes into the movie, we realized the humor was not the type we enjoyed, and so we planned to exit. But before we could leave, a few people in the theatre started laughing out loud at some […]


Demystifying Happiness: Why Being Happy Is the Best Way to Help Others (Part One of a Two-Part Series on Happiness)

My husband and I were married in India. We spent our honeymoon in a remote government bungalow next to a 3000-year-old Indian village that was small in size, but teeming with peacocks and people. The head schoolmaster, who was one of the few people there who spoke English, proudly took us on a tour to […]


How Transcendental Meditation Is Helping Hannah Robertson, Age 14, Train for the 2020 Olympics

Hannah Robertson has the worst schedule a 14-year-old could imagine. Most mornings she’s up at 4:15 a.m. for swim practice in her hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa. Back at practice and strength training after school every afternoon, she tumbles into bed by 7:00 p.m. With a schedule like this, she doesn’t have a lot of […]


The Power of Gratitude: A New Habit for the New Year

Like many people, I think of the new year as a time to reset, recharge, and recreate my life. This year I’m thinking beyond my usual resolutions to exercise more, go to bed earlier, and eat less sugar. Those are always on my list, but I’ve added a new one: spend more time in a […]


The Spiritual Quest of Esther Fontaine, Over-the-Road Truck Driver

On a sunny day in October, Esther Fontaine, age 54, is talking to me while parked inside her 1999 Ford Expedition, her smiling face framed by short, efficient hair. She is in Illinois and I am in Iowa, but she has her cell phone pasted to her dashboard, and I can see her clearly on […]


Tired and Burned Out? Transcendental Meditation Can Help: An Interview with Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, MD

Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, is a popular speaker, author, and teacher specializing in women’s health. Dr. Lonsdorf currently has a private practice in integrative and holistic medicine in Fairfield, IA, and teaches medical doctors and health practitioners at The Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA. She has been a featured guest in top […]


Are You Depressed and Anxious? Or Just Blocking Your Emotions?

Full disclosure. I’m not a person who likes to suppress my emotions, nor did I come from a family who did that. If we were mad about something, we got it all out on the table, for better or for worse. Yet even so, I’ve done my fair share of keeping a tight lid on […]


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