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Change Begins Within

Extensive research has shown that Transcendental Meditation provides the experience of a unique state of "restful alertness," which reduces stress, improves health and well-being, and enhances happiness.


reduction in psychological distress including stress, anxiety, and depression – American Journal of Hypertension

“Before Quiet Time, it was mayhem here. There were a lot of fights going on every day. Once we learned TM, it was different. TM makes you feel better, makes you more energized, and takes away all your stress. It really, really helps.”

Alex, 10th grade
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The Big Picture

DLF’s programs help to solve wide-ranging problems that are often the consequences of chronic stress. They strengthen educational systems, reduce violence and crime brought on by the desperations of traumatic stress, restore the loving family lives that our returning veterans knew before war took them away, and change our world by positively affecting the lives of so many.

Brain research has identified three basic approaches to meditation:

  1. Focused attention (concentrating on a thought or object)
  2. Open monitoring (observing breath, thoughts, or the environment)
  3. Automatic self-transcending (spontaneously experiencing quieter levels of thought)

Unlike other forms of meditation, TM does not require concentration or control of the mind. Instead, TM simply allows your active-thinking mind to settle down to the state of restful alertness – your own inner, quiet self. This state triggers a reduction in high blood pressure and in the stress hormone, cortisol, as well as an increase in serotonin, which is associated with mood balance and happiness. EEG and brain imaging research shows increased coherence among people who practice Transcendental Meditation, compared to other meditation techniques.

Our Partners

We work with government agencies, underserved schools, veterans service organizations, domestic violence centers, correctional institutions, and addiction treatment facilities to implement onsite TM-based programs and fund independent research to evaluate outcomes.

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