“Literally the day after people learned to meditate, I started getting some remarkable emails and having some amazing conversations that really surprised me.” In this recent video, Dr. Mehmet Oz describes the influence of the Transcendental Meditation program in his own life and the lives of the members of his creative team.
Dr. Oz is the vice chairman of the department of surgery at Columbia University, and the founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Oz has been named to numerous “best doctor” lists, including Healthy Living Magazine’s “Healers of the Millennium” and Hippocrates Magazine’s “Doctors of the Year.” Dr. Oz also appears daily the Emmy Award-winning, The Dr. Oz Show, a national television program focusing on medical issues and personal health.
“Literally the day after people learned to meditate, I started getting some remarkable emails and having some amazing conversations that really surprised me.
“The first thing I noticed was a change in the tone and the texture of the dialogue – away from dwelling on problems towards a much more thoughtful, insightful, clever way of solving problems. Instead of highlighting the issues that were separating us, my team was deriving bliss and joy from finding solutions.
“Why did Transcendental Meditation have such a dramatic effect?
“The creative folks on our team can get pushed so hard from the pressures of their job that they find it difficult create. Sound familiar? This is probably true for most everyone. It’s frustrating to know you can create and yet not be able to do so because of stress.
“Transcendental Meditation allows you to relax deeply, to let down your guard so that you’re free to see reality in a much clearer way. You’re able to connect pieces of information that otherwise were not obvious to you. This is what the calmness and deep serenity that you experience during Transcendental Meditation does.
“Speaking as a scientist, the amazing thing about Transcendental Meditation is the very well established research showing that the technique impacts things that we didn’t think were changeable. You can actually reduce your blood pressure significantly with just using Transcendental Meditation. You can also reduce cholesterol, atherosclerosis, obesity, risk of stroke – even reduce death rates due to cardiovascular disease.
“But this is the tip of the iceberg. We all have within us a deep well of creativity, which we can access if we can settle down into those deep, calm places, those serene moments that Transcendental Meditation offers. As a result, we feel better about ourselves, we make better health choices, we communicate better with our loved ones, our colleagues, our friends.
“It’s both a smart management tool and one of the best gifts you can give to any employee because it’s a gift that keeps giving – whether it is to the people who work in your business, on a military base, in a hospital, or a school.”