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HOW MEDITATION IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF VIOLENT PRISON INMATES

HOW MEDITATION IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF VIOLENT PRISON INMATES

How can prison systems rehabilitate long-term inmates with a history of violence?  Well, meditation may be one route.

Oregon State Correctional Facility in the US has put prisoners on Transcendental Meditation (TM) courses. The (self-reported) results are remarkable.

One inmate, Robert, in his early twenties, described the impact on his ability to control his anger:

“I changed a lot. From when I first got incarcerated I took a good look at myself. But when I started meditating, it went through the roof. I’m a lot more calm. Because I used to fight a lot.  Now I’ve been meditating, I’m a lot more calm. Nothing angers me like I used to.”

Another inmate called Kevin, serving a life sentence for murder, said:

“I hadn’t realized how long I’d had a low lying level of depression …probably since ten years old I’d just been miserable with being myself. And just this last month (since starting TM), I’ve felt so much energy it’s been amazing.”

TM is a form of meditation (espoused by the likes of David Lynch and Russell Brand) in which a mantra is repeated over and over again. The idea is that this helps detach one’s mind from the thoughts that are swimming about.

Take a look at the short film, here

It’s inspirational stuff.

 

Image: © kikkerdirk - Fotolia

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