by Global Good News staff writer
1 December 2011
Lucy Davy, the Managing Director of Stress Free Schools in New Zealand, reported that those at Stress Free Schools had been busy teaching new students the Transcendental Meditation Technique.
In Auckland, New Zealand, the TM Quiet Time programme is established in a primary school, and there were new entrants that begin at the start of every term. These young students learn the children's Transcendental Meditation technique, which is also known as the 'Walking Technique', or the 'Word of Wisdom'.
Clare Smillie, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation who worked with Stress Free Schools in New Zealand for the last 3 years and has many years experience teaching TM both in New Zealand and overseas, answered some questions about the children's Transcendental Meditation technique:
What is the children's TM technique?
The children's TM technique is sometimes called the 'Walking Technique'. It cultures a child's nervous system so that the child is more resistant to stress, and creates more orderly brain functioning.
How does it differ from the regular Transcendental Meditation technique?
Children do not sit with their eyes closed. They are given a Word of Wisdom, which they use while walking silently with eyes open, for 5 minutes twice per day.
At what age can you learn?
Children from the ages of 5 to 9 do the walking technique. When they are 10 they learn the technique you do (the sitting TM technique).
What are the benefits?
Teachers from school tell us that children are able to focus for longer periods once they have done their 'Word of Wisdom', and they are more settled. Best of all, if you ask a child how they feel after they have done their 'Word of Wisdom', they invariably reply 'Happy!' with a big smile.
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