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A Truly Happy New Year

As women move through what is often a demanding holiday season, and head toward the New Year, most of us are thinking about what we can do to make 2019 a more fulfilling, more productive, less stressful, more meaningful, and, generally, a more enjoyable year. What can we do to reduce the stress in our […]


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 […]


Preventing and Correcting Misbehavior and Incarceration in Young Women

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the high rate of incarceration in the United States. Often enough young women, including many imprisoned for minor offences, are getting stuck in a system that does nothing to effectively improve their chances at a better future. In an October NY Times article by Maurice […]


Stressed About the Holidays? Cardiologists Discuss Stress, Heart Disease, and TM

There are undoubtedly times when life seems stressful—and for many women, holidays with all they entail can be some of those times. On top of an already busy schedule, juggling the parties, buying gifts, shopping and food preparation, disharmonious family dynamics, over-eating, missing sleep and exercise—or in some cases, the loneliness felt from no holiday […]


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 […]


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 […]


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