After learning Transcendental Meditation and practising the technique regularly, Rabbi Alan Green says he experienced a new depth of appreciation for friends, family, art, and music that he couldn't even have imagined existed before actually experiencing it himself.
by Global Good News staff writer
27 May 2011
In a moving and inspiring article in Enlightenment magazine (volume 1, issue 2) entitled ‘A Quiet Revolution’, Rabbi Alan Green tells of how he came to learn the Transcendental Meditation Technique shortly before the end of high school. He shares how his view of life immediately changed from bleakness to great hope and how his joie de vivre quickly blossomed.
With great gratitude for this technique which provides the opportunity for, in Rabbi Green’s words, ‘realizing the truly unlimited potential of the human spirit’, he writes:
‘I began my practice of the Transcendental Meditation program on June 12, 1971. It was the last week of the last year of high school for most of my senior class, but not for me. I was bound for summer school, having failed the second semester of U.S. History for the second time. Actually, that was the least of my problems. My relationship with my parents, teachers, and fellow students was tense. My view of life and its possibilities was bleak.
‘At that critical stage of my life, I could only see two paths: the path of materialism and the path of intellectualism, but I had little desire to traverse either one. I barely knew what the word “existential” meant, but at the tender age of 17, I was having an existential crisis. I was quite certain that there must be more to life than what I had been living.
‘Very fortunately, some friends had learned the TM program earlier that year. I was an aggressively skeptical person in those days, but they were good friends and could see that I was suffering on many different levels. One of them told me I could be as skeptical as I wanted, but he was very sure that if I practiced TM, I would become much happier. That was a novel approach!
‘I probably could have opposed him in my usual way, but the possibility of escaping from the mire of my misery was so tantalizing, I couldn’t possibly object. He had hit upon my greatest weakness. And from my side, I certainly was ready for some new possibilities.
‘Twenty-nine years later, it is still a vivid memory: a pervasive silence the moment I set foot in the TM Center, which grew as I stepped into the instruction room and witnessed the ceremony of gratitude. Then there was the mantra, and the experience of a deeper silence than I had ever known before. In that silence, I realized that all that had gone wrong in my life, in time, would be put right. On a deep level, I felt for the first time in my life that there was great hope for my future, and for the future of the world.
‘Over the following weeks and months, a quiet revolution began to unfold in my life. I began to think thoughts and feel emotions that I had never experienced before. I began to enjoy the company of my family and friends. Music and art acquired a whole different dimension of meaning for me—a meaning that inspired and influenced every level of my heart, mind, and soul. Increasingly, I began to experience a depth of appreciation that no one could have convinced me even existed; a depth I could never have imagined before actually experiencing it for myself.
‘Today, 29 years and more than 20 thousand meditations later, that same silence continues to unfold in its graceful and often surprising way. I am deeply grateful to God, and to Maharishi, for having guided me to this point in my life. May all of us, and all of humanity, merit that Divine guidance as we journey together on the road to realizing the truly unlimited potential of the human spirit.’
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