Posts By Linda Egenes


From the Streets to College in Four Months: The Communiversity of South Africa Empowers Underserved Youth in Cape Town

When Leona failed to earn a high school diploma in Cape Town, South Africa, her prospects for employment were bleak. The teenager spent her days shut inside her tiny one-room family home “feeling like a failure, knowing that I’m no one.” While to the American ear that may sound like overwrought adolescent emotions, in South […]


The Truth Is Out—Aging Can Be Fun

When I taught a class in memoir writing to a group of octogenarians, mostly women, I was amazed to discover how happy they were. Age 55 at the time, I certainly thought of myself as being in a more desirable stage of life. Yet I remember them saying things like, “I remember when I was […]


From Statistician to Exposer of Art Forgeries—Geraldine Norman is the Real Thing

They say you can’t tell a book by its cover. Take Geraldine Norman, a seemingly staid, conservatively dressed English woman whom I met last December in Suffolk, England.  At that time she merely told me she was a writer. It took a full sit-down interview to find out that she worked two decades as a […]


New Research on TM and PTSD Gives Hope to Female Veterans

Like many female veterans, Fei Fei Chen joined the US Army as a newly minted high school grad to see the world and serve her country. That was in 2001, and today in 2019 she is still trying to process the experience. Deployed to Iraq as a paralegal specialist, Fei Fei served in a combat […]


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 […]


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