Volume 7 Issue 23 | December 3, 2018
News for Faculty and Staff from Human Resources
Holiday Parties for Faculty and Staff

Staff: Tuesday, December 18th
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Argiro Student Lounge

Faculty: Sunday December 16 at 12 PM in Festival Hall. Lunch will be served and holiday refreshments.
New Staff
Sue Proenneke returns to MUM as an Admissions Counselor in our ComPro department. Her work experience includes call center, reception, secretarial, administrative assistant, and customer service, many of these positions with TM organizations. She considers herself to be a positive and dedicated worker who is flexible while being very detail oriented. She communicates well with others in her work area and with the public, enjoys being a team player, and always going beyond what is expected.

Sue has attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, graduating with a Medical Transcriptionist Diploma, Iowa State College in Ames, and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. She enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandkids.
Open Positions
Please contact cpassos@mum.edu if you know of anyone who has the qualifications and interest to fill any of these positions.
Departmental Assistant - Sustainable Living
IT Technical Trainer - ComPro
Graphic Designer - MAVIM

For job descriptions and application information on any of these positions click here.

Enlightened Leadership International (ELI) is searching for talented professionals to join their inspired teams at ELI and other TM-related organisations around the world. Check out the 10+ job descriptions here and apply today!
Health and Wellness

Try This 60-Second Desk Stretch!

Is your back and shoulders tense from sitting all day?

You can improve that if have just 60 seconds!

Try this fast and effective standing stretch using a chair from our 1-Minute Wellness Video,  Desk Dog .

MUM Recreation Center December Closings
What you need to know

December 3 and 4 , Monday and Tuesday of next week, we will be closed all day for the installation of new ceiling fans. We will reopen on December 5 with normal hours.

December 15 for 3 weeks , the basketball courts (including weight room) will be closed for basketball court resurfacing. Tennis courts will remain open during this time.

Thank you for your understanding as we perform these upgrades.
Give yourself the gift of wellness!

An economical consultation with Master of Science students in Maharishi Ayurveda supervised by Dr. Manohar and other faculty members will be available from December 4th-7th and December 10th-14th. In this unique consultation, several MS students, Dr. Manohar, Dr. Davis, Dr. Morehead and other faculty will analyze the client's pulse and make recommendations for increasing health. We received a beautiful letter from one of the last clients who shared the following with us:

When I take my pulse it no longer feels like it is playing leapfrog.
All my food cravings went away.

I noticed I am having fewer thoughts.

I find myself slipping into a wonderful place of 'harmony, bliss, and peace' more often during activity.

I don't think I have slept well in 20 or 30 years but now it's amazing how easily I go to sleep at night. I actually look forward to going to sleep at night.

Thank you Dr. Manohar, your staff and your wonderful students for making me healthier and having greater joy and bliss in my life...

If you are interested in making one of these appointments for yourself or giving them as holiday gifts for family, friends, or employees please give me a call at 641-472-7000, ext 3406.

All best holiday joy,
Helen Davis
Upcoming Events and Courses
Special Presentation by Dr. Bevan Morris
Saturday, December 8th
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dalby Hall, Argiro Student Center

We are happy to invite you to a special presentation by Dr. Bevan Morris who will share stories and show beautiful slides/video clips from:

  • Impressions of visits to Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey, including new Maharishi Peace Palace in Istanbul
  • New course: What Maharishi Did in the World
  • Maharishi University of Management one megawatt solar power plant inauguration on December 14th
  • Dr. Sanford Nidich’s historic Department of Defense-funded research study published in Lancet Psychiatry on November 15th, with world-wide publicity
  • Dr. Nidich’s “Emotional Intelligence” study
  • Chicago Crime lab project experiences—video
  • Transcendental Meditation instruction for senior leaders in the military—video
  • New Rajas and Raj Rajeshwaris from the recent Raja training course
  • Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam: webinars and AT courses
  • Maharishi AyurVeda congress in Leyden—new relations between the Ministry of Health of the Netherlands and the Ayush Ministry of India
  • Progress of European Union grant for Consciousness-Based education in schools in Portugal, UK, Netherlands, and Sweden
  • Raja Luis’s Latin America invincibility group news—e.g. Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile
  • 142 new Sidhas at Maharishi Invincibility Institute in Johannesburg—student experiences
  • Building the Yogic Flying hall at Dhammajarinee for 1,500 girls—progress and further requirements
  • India and Nepal schools: Yogic Flying groups news
  • Dr. Hatoyama addresses the student body at a large Yogic Flying school in Mumbai (with comments about Maharishi University of Management)
  • Videos from the Bali Schools World Peace Project—expansion of Yogic Flying groups
  • 2018 Commencement Speaker Dr. Scott Gould joins the Board of Trustees
  • Maharishi in Scotland—history
  • New divine experiences of the Invincible America Assembly
  • Maharishi and the Mango tree

All Meditators, Sidhas and Governors are welcome to this event! Please bring your valid Dome badge or MUM or MSAE student ID. Non-student meditators without badges please contact the Invincible America Department, 472-1212 or  iadept@mum.edu .
Holiday Evening of Comedy and Conversation with Seinfeld and Friends, December 10
Jerry Seinfeld, Vanessa Bayer, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, and Steve Higgins will head the 14th Annual David Lynch Foundation SM  Benefit and Awards Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 10, at The Plaza in New York City. Tickets still available!
A World Peace Assembly (WPA) is our number one recommendation for accelerating your personal growth.
Higher States of Consciousness

  • Special new videos by Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R.
  • Dr. John Hagelin speaks on “The Physics of Enlightenment”
  • TM-Sidhi ® administrators Drs. Doug and Linda Birx will offer a TM-Sidhi checking over the first weekend.
For more information: 641-451-5108
Ideal Energy’s solar-plus storage system for MUM is first large-scale installation of its kind in Iowa

All students, staff, and faculty are invited to the official Inauguration of MUM's new  MEG'Array  Solar Power Plant on Friday, December 14, from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. in Dalby Hall. The inauguration in Dalby Hall will be followed by a 'ribbon cutting' ceremony from 3:30 to 4 PM at the  MEG'Array  site, directly west of campus. Bus transportation will be provided from Dalby to the  MEG'Array  site.

A detailed creative article on this innovative project written by Bob Saar for The Hawk Eye was published September 9, 2018. 

Fairfield company Ideal Energy brings Iowa to national attention with state-of-the-art solar  MEG’Array  installation at Maharishi University of Management.

First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is.

That Buddhist concept fits the solar energy business: The first mountain was long-term storage, but that has been alleviated with modern battery technology, paving the way for local, independent companies like Ideal Energy, Inc. in Fairfield, Iowa to enter the energy-supply business.

But that in turn led to another mountain: How will those smaller companies interconnect with utility giants like Alliant and MidAmerican Energy when they’re in competition with them for energy dollars?

CIC #85 at MUM, Dec. 26-Jan. 9  
The application deadline for this course is December 5 (three weeks before the course begins). 
Special Articles

A TM teacher expresses her gratitude for Kevin Dunn

We’re in a courtroom of a busy courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the most populated city in the state. After a few minutes of greeting each other and catching up, someone closes the door to the hallway while everyone settles into their seats. There’s some activity in the hallway, as others in the courthouse wind up their day and head home.

Soon it’s very quiet in the courtroom, but these lawyers and officers of the court haven’t gathered to argue a case. We’re here to close our eyes and begin our afternoon practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique, together as a group.

Sharing Inner Peace, in the Courtroom and Beyond
The organizer of these weekday Courthouse group meditations is Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Dunn. He enthusiastically notifies everyone who practices TM in the regional legal system to join us.

Students also excel in self-awareness, success, and happiness BY DEBBIE THOMPSON

Fairfield’s Maharishi School is now ranked the #1 Best Private High School in Iowa, the #1 Best K-12 Private School in Iowa, and the Most Diverse Private School in Iowa for 2019, according to Niche.com Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The school, which features the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) program in its educational approach, received top grades in numerous areas. Evaluators considered Academics (A+), Diversity (A+), Teachers (B+), College Prep (A+), Clubs & Activities (A), and Sports (B-) in arriving at their conclusions. Niche examines millions of reviews and public data to produce its findings.

These results reflect growth since 2017, when  the school placed second in rankings of 27 Iowa schools . The school also reports that 98 percent of its students go on to attend a four-year college.

“Our students and teachers take time to transcend twice a day, with the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and yoga. This allows everyone at the school to gain deep rest and dissolve stress before it accumulates.”  —Richard Beall, Ph.D., School Head

Humor Corner

TM in the News
Beauty Crew book club: Startups and Self-care
Sodashi’s founder shares her favourite methods of looking after herself mentally
By  Iantha Yu NOVEMBER 19 2018
I first learned the TM technique 23 years ago. I’d been in the company of some people who had a calm and centred approach to business and life that I really admired. They credited their calmness to their daily TM practice, so I found my way to a TM centre in Perth and attended an introductory lecture. I must admit I wasn’t convinced at the time. Interestingly, it was only after having a TM teacher talk to us at an introductory lecture on Ayurveda that I decided, ‘Yes, I want to learn this technique’.

And I know the exact day I learned it—11th November 1995.

TM is often dropped in the ‘hippie, trippy’ category of things I do, but I’ve never seen it that way. And I have to say that after trying different forms of meditation, the TM technique was refreshingly easy. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM is a mantra-based, effortless technique.

Setting aside 20 minutes twice a day for the practice does take discipline in the beginning. But I’ve always noticed once people feel the health and general wellbeing benefits, it becomes very easy to set aside that time.

I can do TM on my own (sitting in a chair) or in a group with other TMers. I can do it when travelling (especially on planes), and have found it definitely limits the effects of jet lag.

In business, my mind and surface level can often feel tumultuous, but deep inside is a beautiful sense of calm and centredness. I’ve lost count of the times TM has helped me make valuable decisions from a place of calm.

#TranscendentalMeditation as good as or better than ‘gold standard’ when treating veterans with #PTSD
David Orme-Johnson  summarized the study on his   Facebook  page.

Today the best study to date on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM) on PTSD was published in The Lancet Psychiatry, a leading journal in the field. The study compared TM with prolonged exposure therapy (PE), which is the current treatment of choice for treating PTSD. PE involves having the veterans re-experiencing their trauma through remembering and engaging with situations that remind them of it, in the hope that repeated experiencing of the stimuli associated with the trauma will eventually diminish the patients stress responses to them. PE is very painful for the Vets to go through.

The study was a “non-inferiority clinical trial”, meaning that the objective was to see if TM was at least as good as PE. TM was at least as good. Both TM and PE were significantly better than a Health Education (HE) for PTSD patients, with TM more significantly so (TM, p=.0009; PE, p=.041). 61% of those receiving TM showed clinically significant improvements compared to 42% of those receiving PE and 32% of those receiving HE.

Ken Chawkin reports that this AP release was picked up in hundreds of news outlets across the country and around the world. It’s the kind of promising good news the press like to report. The  Washington Post  published this story about the ground-breaking study. So did  The New York Times . The Sun published a picture of Maharishi with The Beatles:  Meditation techniques used by Beatles in 1960s could benefit veterans with PTSD . The  Military Times Army Times Marine Times  all published the AP story.

Other news services also published encouraging reports. AFP:  Meditation helps conflict veterans with PTSD: study , which includes a personal testimonial from one of the subjects.  The Hans India  and  Deccan Chronicle  ran the AFP report. The London Economic, TLE:  Transcendental meditation ‘could combat post traumatic stress disorder in war veterans’ ​. Helio:  Transcendental Meditation as effective as prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD. MedicalResearch.com interviewed Dr. Nidich:  Transcendental Meditation May Help Veterans with Resistant PTSD .

Refer to Ken's webpage for links to any of the above articles.