Transcendental meditation burst onto the scene in the 1960's before fading away. Now, thanks to online discussions that bring people together, it is finding a whole new host of devotees.
Transcendental meditation is a spiritual practice and art form whose history goes back thousands of years. It was only with the advent of the jet age in the 1950's and 60's, which opened heretofore excluded parts of the globe to international attention, that it found a new audience. Championed by such luminaries as The Beatles, it quickly caught on with the counter-culture, only to fade from the national eye during the changing tastes of the 1970's and 80's. Now, thanks to social media and the nascent technology that allows for open forum discussions featuring real-time commentary, transcendental meditation is making a comeback and influencing a brand new generation of followers.
"It may seem counter-intuitive, especially to people of a certain generation, that something like this could be discussed using such alienating 21st century technology," said former editor of TIME Magazine, Jim Frederick, as he announced his upcoming discussion, "Transcendental Meditation& Healing," with Bob Roth, to be hosted by the popular internet discussion site, Tawkers.com on July 10th. "However, Bob and I feel that this is the perfect way to reach out and engage the audience. Many people who are interested in transcendental meditation don't have access to teachers and yogis, and their experience has been limited to what they read. This way, by featuring an open forum that can include them, it will make it easier for them to identify with what they are learning."
When they host their online discussion, the main focus will be the importance of what practitioners call "self-healing" and the effect that this style of meditation can have on people suffering from PTSD. Mr. Fredericks is quick to say that anyone suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder should be in contact with their doctor, and that transcendental meditation should be used as an additional tool to help with the struggle. Just as importantly, he believes that by having such a discussion on a widely monitored aspect of social media will help to foster more interactive discussions about PTSD, and help remove the stigma that many people suffering from it feel.
For more information about this important upcoming tawk, please visit the following website: www.tawkers.com
Jack Terry is a writer and blogger who covers trends and activities in social media.