Mar 10, 2004 11:54 pm
US/Central CHICAGO(CBS 2)What if
the answer to better math grades was as simple as meditation? New
research shows that kids who practice transcendental meditation may
get a big bonus when they hit the books.
There's a move
underway around the country and here in Chicago by parents and
educators to allow transcendental meditation in public schools.
Today, new research presented at an education conference in New York
adds fuel to their effort.
Kids seem to have a reserve of
boundless energy. So, it might be hard to imagine that some
youngsters actually enjoy sitting still, doing nothing at all, for
20 minutes every day.
"I can't feel anything. It feels numb.
I can't even feel the couch I’m sitting on, and then when I’m done I
feel like I woke from a nap," explains 13-year-old Charlie
Charlie and his family began meditating four
years ago. They do it every morning and afternoon, in their Highland
“It's relaxing and it reduces stress, and there's
plenty of that in most everyone's life, certainly in our life," said
Rabbi Jonathan Magidovitch.
The Magidovitch family is part of
a growing movement of parents and teachers who would like to see
meditation practiced in every classroom.
nationwide already offer the relaxation technique to students,
including a private school in Iowa and a public charter school in
Students at the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in
Detroit are part of a University of Michigan study to see if
meditation really makes a difference in their daily
"We have found that children who practice T.M. for at
least three months period duration have better self-esteem, show
higher affect, positive affect, show decreased negative feelings
about themselves and are more adaptable in how they think about
problems and situations," said Dr. Rita Benn, Ph.D. the University
of Michigan researcher .
Students who do it, like Charlie and
his younger brother Evan, say homework doesn't stress them out so
much any more. They can concentrate better.
focusing much better, more easily," said Evan.
And they get
“I got smarter, higher grades, focused more on
my work and also helped me make good decisions,” Charlie
Another study coming out in a medical journal later
this month will show the positive impact transcendental meditation
can have on blood pressure.
Ann Childers (MMIV, CBS
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