Stress is now defined as a workplace hazard and employers are legally obliged to take all necessary steps to protect their staff from it. These days nobody is in any doubt as to the detrimental effect of stress on individual wellbeing … but what to do about it? NZ business leaders might well take a cue from the pioneering queen of TV talk shows, Oprah Winfrey, sometimes referred to as the most influential woman in the world. She is making her first-ever visit to our shores in December this year.
Very much a self-made woman, Oprah was born in rural Mississippi in 1954 and started radio work while she was still in High School, moving into TV news at the age of 19…. One indication of her in-house persona was seen several years ago when she made available to them all a self-development programme that not only brought more productivity but improved the quality of their personal lives as well. A truly win-win situation… Her gift was the TM programme – Transcendental Meditation as founded by Vedic scholar, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late 1950s. Oprah had heard about it for many years and so finally got around to learning the TM technique herself. In an interview with fellow talk show host, Dr Oz, she described that the most important…read more
Science fiction can come up with interesting ideas. I recall in my teens watching a 1930’s film on TV which was called “Things To Come” and was based on the H G Wells novel “The Shape Of Things To Come”. It depicted a decades-long world war being brought to an end by legions of airmen dropping “peace gas” on the warring factions and so making them disinclined to fight while the peacemakers went about setting up a Utopian society in which there was no place for war.
I recall thinking about what a brilliant idea the ‘peace gas’ was, having been brought up on the rhetoric of the time that peace was achieved only through the military vanquishing of the enemy at the cost of many lives. The notion of neutralising hostile tendencies in the world came to the fore later on in my life when the discovery was made in the mid-70s that just 1% of a city population practising Transcendental Meditation was responsible for declines in annual crime, sickness and accident rates. (See previous article)
As early as 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the TM programme, had postulated that…read more
Sometimes you will hear reference to someone having an “ego” in the sense that they are very self-centred and have an unduly high opinion of themselves. I once heard someone joke that their associate had such a big ego that it was a wonder he could get it through the doorway! Joking aside, everyone has an ego … it is a Latin word simply meaning “I” and refers to the part of the mind that is responsible for a person’s sense of who they are.
It can however get out of balance in two ways. Firstly it can get over-inflated and such an individual said to be ‘egocentric’ … a vain, selfish person. On the other hand an individual can develop a poor self-image which limits their levels of success and happiness. Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation balances the whole person and enables many people to discover a positive sense of themselves which is not dependent on the opinion of others. This growth in the ego strength of TM practitioners seems to be associated with greater sensitivity to other people’s needs and an increased appreciation of…read more
I was most fortunate to grow up on a farm and experience first-hand the various wonderful workings of nature in the animal. plant and climatic spheres. Agriculture has evolved over the centuries, as seen in tractors replacing oxen for example, but however clever contemporary agribusiness may think it has become with ‘scientific’ developments, nothing will ever trump the intelligence of nature itself. Food grown with artificial chemicals can put a strain on the human body and cause poor health, and these chemicals are also toxic to the environment. The ever-growing public demand for organic produce around the world is testament to the fact that ordinary people are waking up to this reality and that catering to this demand is where the future of farming lies.
In the latter part of his life, TM founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, worked with Vedic experts to establish principles of farming that were 100 percent aligned with the laws of nature, beyond just being free of chemical pesticides and genetic distortion. This new system was named Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture (MVOA) and it goes beyond the most rigorous existing standards for pure organic food…read more
Looking at real estate advertisements you will see mention of such attributes as ‘good location’, ‘nice view’, ‘spacious deck’, but up until now you will not have seen the words ‘Vastu-correct. Keep your eyes open – this expression will become commonplace in the future.
After Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had revived Transcendental Meditation in its pure form in the mid-20th century he turned his attention to doing the same with other aspects of ancient Vedic science including Vastu Vidya, the understanding of layout and orientation of any building in harmony with natural law. This interesting aspect of Vedic knowledge has been revived under the name Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
Vedic architecture involves the precise design for any building as a whole, every construction aspect within it and a number of environmental factors including slope of the land and placement of water bodies around it. This science, which pre-dates Feng Shui, is the knowledge of using Vedic mathematics to create perfect proportions so that along with correct alignment , the dwelling or workplace always bestows a happy and healthy influence on the inhabitants. It is growing in popularity world-wide and New Zealand is fortunate to have more Vastu homes per head of population than any other country. …read more