Is Being Anxious the New You?

What peace can we hope to find elsewhere…if we have none within us? – Saint Teresa of Avila If you find that your anxiety is easily triggered and being anxious is beginning to seem like your status quo, don’t give up. There are simple steps you can take to make sure anxiety doesn’t define you. […]

A Retreat with Like-Minded Women in a Unique Setting

Last month I travelled all the way from New York City to take a women’s retreat in—of all places imaginable, Iowa!—in what has to be the one of the most interesting communities in North America. My hosts were the non-profit organization TM for Women. The retreat facility sat atop a hill overlooking Maharishi Vedic City, […]

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 […]

Lonely? How to Create Happiness and Diminish Loneliness

In a cover story for the Harvard Business Review last year, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared that “the world is suffering from an epidemic of loneliness.” In America, though Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2015) seems hardest hit, surveys show that people in every social status report loneliness—students, the elderly, people in relationships, […]

Why Transcendental Meditation is Better than a Power Nap

What do you do to re-charge during the day? Many women have asked us if the TM technique is any different than taking time out for a nap. In a recently published article on Quartz, Dr. Daniel Gartenberg, a prominent sleep researcher said: “The most important thing is taking that time off—it’s more conducive to […]

Why Am I So Anxious?

Dr. Norman Rosenthal Talks About Anxiety in Women and How to Prevent It Norman E. Rosenthal is the world-renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and best-selling author who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneered the use of light therapy as a treatment during his twenty years at the National Institute of Mental Health. He has written […]

How Transcendental Meditation Makes Great Nurses Even Greater

An Interview with Beth Batcher, Scripps Nurse of the Year, 2017 You only have to exchange a few words with Beth Batcher—an Emergency Department (ED) nurse at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA—before you discover how passionate she is about nursing. “I truly feel it is a privilege to care for people, especially in […]

September is Self-Improvement Month (Plus Various Wacky Days to Observe)

As if your television addiction and absence of muscles aren’t enough of a reminder, along comes September which, for some reason, has been dubbed Self-Improvement month. Some books, websites and lecturers advise that self-improvement “isn’t going to be easy”—that you should form a plan, write out your goals, research books and articles, make note of […]

Why Self-Love is Not Selfish

I recently saw the documentary on the life and work of Mr. Rogers, the children’s Public TV host and child advocate. After watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor, it’s hard to not feel gratitude for a man who uplifted millions of children with the message, “I like you just the way you are.” He also […]

A Way to Reduce Anxiety and Fear

An easy-going young woman who didn’t project anything into her relationships found that her boyfriend was not being faithful. Because she hadn’t intuited what was happening, she afterward doubted her own grasp of reality. Then, out of fear of more rejection and the insecurity that had resulted from this first deceit, she developed such anxious, […]

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