Posted by: DLF on Apr 27, 2012
Mehmet Oz, M.D., renowned cardiac surgeon and host of the Emmy Award-winning Dr. Oz Show, is offering the Transcendental Meditation technique to his entire New York-based production team—and seeing substantive changes immediately.
In this compelling new video, featured on www.DoctorOz.com, Dr. Oz describes the benefits of TM for mind and body, how the technique has impacted his own life, and why he offers it to his creative team. WATCH THE VIDEO
"I’m being asked by a lot of folks why I’m so interested in Transcendental Meditation. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to explain to all of you why I feel so passionately about this and why I’ve done something that’s very different from what a lot of groups are doing by offering Transcendental Meditation to a lot of the people who are dear to me.
"I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation (or “TM”) for nearly three years. About six months ago, I decided to offer the technique to everyone on my team at The Dr. Oz Show. I had seen the extensive research documenting its benefits—and have also seen so many people who I admire and respect incorporate Transcendental Meditation into their own lives and share it with the people that they care for.
"I work with a lot of very creative folks, who are also Type-A and high-powered and pretty darn skeptical, so I had no idea what effect TM would have. But literally the day after the first 20 people learned to meditate, I started getting some remarkable emails and since then I’ve been 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. 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. And I have to add that it’s so great to have people around me who have the ability to get to the same place of calm that I go to when I meditate.
"A lot of folks falsely think that nothing really happens when you practice Transcendental Meditation—and even if something does happens, there are 10 different ways to get there.
"That’s simply not true—it’s factually inaccurate.
"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. If you look at basic high blood pressure, which is the number one cause of death, 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 free and better about ourselves, we make better health choices, we communicate better with our loved ones, our colleagues, our friends.
"A lot of you may also think that its a huge investment of time and resources to offer TM to your employees—to pull people out of their normal work cycle and take over a conference room and let them meditate.
"Yes, it is… but I am happy to have made it—and there are many other very successful companies and organizations that made it as well—because it pays off in ways you could never imagine.
"For me, the decision to offer Transcendental Meditation to my team was selfish. The Dr. Oz Show has my name, but it is not about me. It’s about the wonderful human beings who work around me. We are in the change business. We’re trying to get people to think differently about how they can show up in their own lives.
"How can I do that with 200 individuals who are experiencing pressure and stress—cut off from the well of creativity within? So when I give Transcendental Meditation to these folks, I’m doing it because I know it’s going to make them healthier, more creative, and better able to do their jobs and make our show all that it can be.
"You know as well as I do: Any business is what it is because of the people who work there. Why not take people who are working at 80%, 60%, 30% of their potential and take them all to 99% of their potential. I think that’s what true success feels like.
"And that’s what Transcendental Meditation can do for your company. It’s available to every one of your employees who can use it at the start of the day, at the end of the workday, on the weekends. 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. It can work everywhere.
"It’s a powerful tool to turbo-charge the people in your organization and, I believe quite strongly, you would be very wise to give it a try."