Volume 9 Issue 1 | January 6, 2020
News for Faculty and Staff from Human Resources
Traditional January 12th Celebration in Patanjali Golden Dome - Watch for details
Changes to Newsletter

It has been suggested that this newsletter contain more articles relevant to MIU. We think this is a great idea and would be happy to include news from your department. For example, number of new students and other KPI's, new initiatives, new programs and updates on existing ones, recognition of outstanding staff contributions, professional development, new marketing and other initiatives. Please send your ideas and input to slamothe@miu.edu.
Open Positions
Please contact hr@mum.edu if you know of anyone who has the qualifications and interest to fill any of these positions.

Position:   Senior Software Engineer
Department:   Marketing
Summary of Job Responsibilities:
Responsible for researching, gathering system requirements, system analyzing and designing, developing, testing and deploying, support, enhancement and maintaining coding standards and code documentation.
Requirements:  Must have a Masters degree in Computer Science or a related field plus one year of experience including development: design patterns, system integration, developing reusable components and API, redesign existing components; UI/UX; develop automated tool to replace manual tasks, creating dashboard using PHP, Java and MySQL Server. 

Food Service is in need of a Spanish speaking translator for their monthly staff meeting. Also, to occasionally help with private communications between employees and food service management as needed.

E-mail Lisa Harwood at: lisa.harwood@aladdinfood.com

Other Open Positions:
Undergraduate Academic Adviser for MUM Online

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

Maharishi International University is an equal opportunity employer.
Health and Wellness
Eating the Ayurvedic Way: 7 Tips for Good Digestion
Do you suffer from everyday digestion problems: gas, bloating, stomach discomfort, occasional constipation, occasional heartburn, or fatigue after eating? A simple solution to these common complaints is to consider not only what we eat but how we eat.
  1. Stop multitasking meals. Eating lunch while driving through traffic or catching a bite to eat at our desk because we could not take the time to have a proper lunch. Our bodies need an uplifting and settled environment in order to process and absorb the nutrients from our meals.
  2. Enjoy the act of eating. The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating, according to ayurveda, is important for the development of consciousness as well as our physical health. When we sit down to eat, our stomach is in a relaxed posture and our awareness is on the taste, texture, and smell of the food. This will greatly improve our digestion.
  3. Stimulate the digestive fire. Improve digestion by stimulating the agni, or digestive fire, before we begin eating. Weak digestive agni may result in fatigue after eating, so ayurveda recommends eating a one-inch piece of fresh ginger with a few drops of lemon juice and a few pinches of salt on it before a full meal. This starts to activate the salivary glands, producing the necessary enzymes so that nutrients from food are easily absorbed by our body. Maintain healthy, strong digestion by adding Ginger as an herbal supplement.
  4. Avoid cold drinks at meals and ice-cold foods in general. Iced water, normally served at restaurants, extinguishes the digestive fire, like putting water on a burning log. Even juice or milk right out of the refrigerator is too cold for the digestion. Juice should be taken at room temperature and water without ice.
  5. Eat meals aligned with nature’s rhythm. Have you ever gone out for a late dinner and found that it was a strain to wake up the next morning, or that it was difficult to be efficient during the following day? These are often the side effects of improperly-digested food. The best way to avoid these problems is to follow nature's rhythm of suitable times to eat. When the sun is strongest, between 12 and 2 p.m., is when the digestive fire is also strongest. Agni is associated with the sun, and we know through ayurveda that our mind and body are connected to the environment in which we live. Lunch should be the largest meal of the day, since that is the time the digestive agni is working at its maximum potency. As the sun goes down, so does our agni. Dinner should be lighter than lunch, and should ideally be eaten before 8:00 p.m. Late-night meals interfere with sleep, and after 10:00 p.m. the body is working to burn off toxins and continue to digest food from the day. If you eat after 10:00 p.m., the food may cause toxins to accumulate in the system, and as a result the next day you wake up tired.
  6. Drink lassi! Drink a fresh yogurt lassi either during or after the meal. This drink consists of ¼ cup fresh homemade yogurt, 1 cup of purified room-temperature water and sugar to taste. Blend it for one minute in the blender. Lassi is light and contains necessary bacteria that lubricate the intestines to help digestion go smoothly. Lassi drinks help to reduce gas and bloating.
  7. Triphala. Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) is a powerful formulation that detoxifies the colon and aids in gentle elimination while increasing absorption of nutrients. For most people Triphala is a mild laxative, and for that reason it is excellent for clearing toxins from the digestive system. In moderate doses it is gentle, and detoxifies the body slowly. It goes deep into the physiology and releases the toxins at a much deeper level.

Mayor of Fairfield says goodbye to city after 18 years
Every year individuals facing severe financial hardship come to our TM ®  Centers with a desperate need to reduce stress and trauma. We do everything we can to help: offer income-based pricing, create special payment plans, and offer sponsored grants.

Yet, sometimes even our best efforts are not enough. This is where TM Friends comes in—as a way to help offer the lifetime benefits of the TM technique to those who need it most.
Upcoming Events and Courses
We are very excited to welcome the new year with another Global Group Meditation, which will take place on January 12, 2020, at 5:00 pm , as part of our annual January 12 celebrations.

242,449 TM ®  practitioners reported their participation in our Global and Nationwide Group Meditations in 2019. Thank you to all who have hosted these events. We warmly welcome new participants in 2020!

Next Nationwide Group Meditation will be held on Sunday, February 23rd.

“The only way to eliminate all these unfortunate events in the world is to prevent them; and for prevention we use light to prevent darkness.
“We are going to create big groups of Vedic Pandits in India who will maintain harmony and coherence in world consciousness, along with Yogic Flyers throughout the world.” —Maharishi

Starting on the evening of January 11, the next 11-day U.S. National Yagya performance will coincide with the annual, worldwide January 12 celebrations honoring our dear Maharishi.

More than 50 countries from every continent will be having their own National Yagyas simultaneously with ours—at this most auspicious time.

The Sankalpa (intention) of the next National Yagya will be:
Increasing harmony, positivity, and spiritual awakening
for the United States and its people.
Special Articles
Maharishi Vastu meditation hall inaugurated in Thailand

On November 12, 2019, the largest Maharishi Vastu meditation hall in the world was inaugurated at the Buddhist Dhammajarinee girls boarding school in Ratchaburi Province, southwest of Bangkok, Thailand. The lovely building is almost 54000 square feet and is two stories.

At the moment the school has a little over 1000 students who practice the TM technique twice daily, Around 350 of those students have learned the advanced TM Sidhi program and another 230 will complete the course in mid-December. The nuns and teaching staff also practice the TM technique.

To explore more of this fascinating story visit their website at  www.thaischool.org  or  watch the youtube video .
Why Pamela Peeke started meditating
On March 31, 2012 the David Lynch Foundation held a forum, Healing and Empowering Women, at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in NYC. Pamela Peeke, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, spoke about her experience learning about the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Question: What do you think about the Transcendental Meditation technique?
Answer:  Most importantly, it's a miracle. Because I can meditate. Now, I am a type AAAAA personality. I make Soledad look hypothyroid. I'm the best thing that ever happened to TM because if I can do it, anybody can do it.

Question: What made you decide to start meditating?
Answer:  I'm a scientist. I'm a physician and a scientist. I've dedicated my life to good science, and this was just, wall to wall, the most profound science finally showing that there is a very strong connection between what happens in Transcendental Meditation, specifically, and a number of disorders that we all know—from depression to PTSD and ADD, and it just goes on and on.

Speaker: Pamela Peeke, M.D.
Length: 16 minutes 4 seconds

Humor Corner
TM in the News
Study claims transcendental meditation may help prevent heart failure
Brittany A. Roston  - Dec 28, 2019
A new study out of Maharishi International University claims that Transcendental Meditation, the practice of silently chanting a mantra while meditating, may help protect practitioners from heart failure. The benefit, the study claims, revolved around the prevention of an abnormal heart enlargement called left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), which can itself eventually cause heart failure and death in sufferers.

This study is continuing to make news around the world. We were the 3rd report of 3 on KOLR 10 CBS News' Health and Medical segment, MedDay - December 27, 2019. It starts at 40 seconds in, with great visuals! They're based in Springfield, MO.  Click here to enjoy the report.

Ken Chawkin reports that The number of EurekAlert! press release views is now around 3600 and still rising.
Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Meditating and Mediating for World Peace? MUMBAI Jan 02, 2020
High-flying international banker and political strategist, Anshuman Mishra, decided to bring in the New Year meditating in the quiet town of Vlodrop in the Netherlands
The spiritual retreat — said to be designed according to traditional Vedic architecture — where the celebrated TM guru spent his last years, is known to have a powerful ‘centre of silence’ which is the headquarters of the Maharishi’s Global Country of World Peace movement.

Mishra — known as the Steve Bannon of India because of his RSS background— who spends his time between London, LA and Mumbai and has on his speed dial Middle Eastern potentates, Indian billionaires, British aristocrats and Hollywood stars, has emerged as a major centre of right supporter, with close links to the likes of Johnson and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

This November, he had received a personal letter of thanks from Johnson for his “incredibly generous donation to the Conservative Party”, but he refuses to disclose exactly how much he had pledged to the Tories; later this month, he has been invited by the British PM and the party chairman, Ben Elliot, to a drinks reception where he will be officially thanked for this generosity.

Meanwhile, let’s hope that his intense meditation over the New Year does have a positive effect on world peace and that his efforts bring enlightenment and calm to the likes of Johnson, Kushner and others in his circle.