Archive for September, 2011

The Daily: Marty’s Mantra For Meditators

September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Also see: Martin Scorsese’s film, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, premiers at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield, Iowa

Combating Stress in Police Work and Preventing Crime, Terrorism, and War

September 28, 2011

Combating Stress in Police Work

By: John Theobald, M.S.
Former N.Y.P.D. Officer and Former Professor of Criminal Justice at the New York Institute of Technology

With: David Leffler, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS)


In 1965 I was a member of the New York City Police Department, assigned to a specialized anti-crime unit. In this capacity, I saw firsthand the types of stressors police officers were subject to, and the maladaptive ways in which many dealt with them. I subsequently left the department and returned to college and then graduate school. I eventually started a criminal justice program through the continuing education department of the New York Institute of Technology. The program grew, and in the 1970s reached an enrollment of 12,000 police officers from various police agencies across the New York metropolitan area.

At that time it was becoming increasingly clear that the stress factor in police work was manifesting in high rates of divorce, alcohol abuse, suicides, and other acting-out behaviors. Having experienced it firsthand, I was determined to seek some method that could help ameliorate this situation.

I began to research the various stress-reduction methods available. The Transcendental Meditation® program appeared to be the best approach because it was widely available, could be practiced anywhere at any time, and had unparalleled success at addressing these personal problems faced by police. Research indicated that Transcendental Meditation (TM®) practice could help alleviate the negative effects of stress. It was clear that the TM technique would also increase awareness of potentially dangerous situations, preparing anyone for any possible outcome.

Shortly after learning the TM technique, I noticed the marked reduction in my own stress levels, and decided to make this opportunity available to the students in the college program. It was only later, when many police officers were practicing the TM technique, that I fully realized how beneficial it truly was.

I arranged through centers in the ten metropolitan counties to teach any police officers who wanted to learn. At this time, college courses were offered in various police precincts and other locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Introductory TM lectures were offered at some of these locations, with interested officers going to their individual TM centers to learn the practice. Word spread to their associates and about 6,000 police officers learned to meditate.

Feedback from students was received for many years, both in the college program and, in some cases, years later, by individual police officers who said they were “still TM-ing.” Comments from students consistently indicated overwhelmingly positive results. One of the most common reports was an increase in their shooting scores. Others reported feeling more aware, especially in life-threatening situations. This is important because in an effort to protect and save lives, law enforcement officers may sometimes resort to using deadly force.

For example, there was a story of an officer and his partner who were called to a situation in a very dangerous part of New York City. While walking in an alley, they were ambushed. A shot rang out, and his partner fell wounded to the ground. This officer drew his revolver and quickly shot five assassins, killing four and disabling the fifth. He later reported if it were not for his regular TM practice, he would have been killed. Despite the overwhelming odds against him, the policeman said he was able to maintain his composure under fire. He skillfully and accurately shot his weapon during this dangerous and highly stressful situation. (The revolvers used by New York area police at that time could only fire six rounds, so the situation was much more critical than it would be in modern times where weapons can fire fifteen or more rounds.)

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This article was published in India, USA, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Korea and Australia in The World News: The International News Magazine, The Mangalorean, Mareeg, The Seoul Times, Ethiomedia.

Martin Scorsese’s film, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, premiers at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield, Iowa

September 28, 2011

Copyright 2011, David Lynch Foundation. All rights reserved.

For more information, visit Peacetown, USA, with links to DLF.TV and the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. See a preview of George Harrison: Living in the Material World on See articles: New York Times: Within Him, Without Him, Vanity Fair: Within Him, Without Him, Rolling Stone: George Harrison Documentary Premieres at Telluride. The Daily: Marty’s Mantra For Meditators, and, NYFF 2011. Scorsese’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”, The Guardian: George Harrison: Living in the Material World – review, CBS News: Spotlight on George Harrison in new documentary, The Desert Sun: HBO puts Harrison in musical spotlight, contactmusic: George Harrison – Harrison’s Son Found Documentary Tough Viewing, indieWIRE: NYFF ‘11 Review: Scorsese’s George Harrison ‘Material World’ Doc Is A Moving & Striking Portrait, and, Scorsese Says Working On ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’ Was “A Real Life Saver”, The Guardian: San Sebastián film festival: from ghosts to George Harrison, RTT News: George Harrison Documentary Premieres At Telluride, Video – Times-Picayune – Look for a new George Harrison documentary by Martin Scorsese on HBO next week, Bloomberg: Harrison Chants at Crazy Stabber, Female First: Paul McCartney emotional over George Harrison, George Harrison: Living In The Material World – Movie Review – 2011, Chicago Sun-Times: Roger Ebert Film Critic: Scorsese analyzes the mysteries of George Harrison in ‘Living in the Material World’, The Sun: Fabulous four unite for Harrison film, and Wife-swapping, free love, drugs…dark side of the quiet Beatle, BBC News Liverpool: Scorsese’s George Harrison film gets Liverpool premiere, The Six Things You Need To Know About Scorsese’s George Harrison Documentary, The Arizona Republic: George Harrison remembered in new documentary and: ‘Living in the Material World’ an appreciation, not an expose, The Telegraph: The unseen George Harrison photo album, and, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, US TV review, BBC News: Entertainment & Arts: Surviving Beatles attend George Harrison film premiere (Also includes video: Stars talk about the documentary on the red carpet)

Martin Scorsese, Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison, Ringo StarrMartin Scorsese, Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison and Ringo Starr joined forces for the film screening. BBC © 2011

Gigwise: Noel Gallagher, Ronnie Wood Attend George Harrison Film Premiere, Los Angeles Times: Documentary examines George Harrison, and, TV review: ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’, Holy Moly: includes 28 photos at London film premier with two Beatles, two Stones, and Yoko Ono, USA Today: Scorsese turns lens on the ‘quiet Beatle’ in HBO documentary, NY Daily News: Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono give peace a chance at premiere of George Harrison documentary, The Hindu: Ex-Beatles at Harrison film premiere, The Rutherford Institute – John W. Whitehead: George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Doc tells Harrison’s side of story, NBC Chicago: There’s Something About George, The Hollywood Reporter: ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’: What the Critics Are Saying (Video), TIME: Entertainment: Scorsese’s George Harrison doc: Within Him Without Him, Slate: The Boring Beatle, San Francisco Chronicle: ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’, Huffington Post: Philip Goldberg: George Harrison: Quiet Beatle, Vocal Guru, elephant: George Harrison, Guru. Revelations of George Harrison, TM Blog: New George Harrison documentary: a boon to the David Lynch Foundation, The Washington Post: On Faith: How George Harrison changed the way we believe, The Huffington Post: George Harrison, ‘Living In The Material World’

Videos: GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD – MARTIN SCORSESE | GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD – DAVID TEDESCHI | Martin Scorsese and Olivia Harrison, 49th NYFF Press Conference | ITN Factual: Showbiz 411: Former Beatles remember George Harrison, 5min Life Videopedia: The Early Show looks at Martin Scorsese’s ‘George Harrison: Living in The Material World’

You can now watch George Harrison: Living In The Material World Documentary Part 1, uploaded by TheMarcusVal314 on Oct 14, 2011. He also posted Part 2 in 10 segments.

Related: Olivia Harrison talks about George being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2004

Greg Giesen interviews Norman Rosenthal, M.D., and TM Teachers, Bolton Carroll, Laurina Carroll and Olivia Lopez on Castle Rock Radio

September 27, 2011

Click HERE to listen to Mondays At 3

featuring bestselling author Norman Rosenthal, M.D. as he discusses his book, TRANSCENDENCE: Healing And Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation.

Also joining Geese in studio were TM Teachers, Bolton Carroll, Laurina Carroll and Olivia Lopez…all on 9-19-11.

Click on Show Archive Listing, scroll down to Mondays At 3! and click on Show Details. Then scroll down to 9.19.11 and either click on Listen Now or on MP3 to download the file of the show.

Hoku For Sali

September 24, 2011

Hoku For Sali

A Goddess Dwells Within You
And She Is So Beautiful

© Ken Chawkin
September 24, 2011
Fairfield, Iowa

Also see Haiku For Sali and Sally’s Smile (Haiku for Nurse Dan)

Haiku For Sali

September 23, 2011

Haiku For Sali

We are true lovers
You are the key that unlocks
The Beauty in me

© Ken Chawkin
September 23, 2011
Fairfield, Iowa

Also see Hoku For Sali and Sally’s Smile (Haiku for Nurse Dan)

Sally’s Smile (Haiku for Nurse Dan)

September 23, 2011

Whenever Nurse Dan came into Sally’s room to dispense her meds, he would cheerfully call out her name and greet her with a big smile. We were always happy to see him and Sally would light up. Dan told us he was going to be leaving the facility to work at just his other job. But he added there was one thing he was going to miss around here, and that was Sally’s smile. Sally does have a beautiful smile, and I thought that was a great title for a poem. So as soon as Dan left the room I wrote this haiku and dedicated it to him. The first two lines came easily, but I had to think about what was really going on when Sally smiled at someone who acknowledged her. She watched me writing and saying it to myself. When I read it to her, she quietly said, “Thank you.”

Sally’s Smile
(Haiku for Nurse Dan)

Flooded with Sunshine
From the Glow of Sally’s Smile
You Know Your Own Worth

© Ken Chawkin
September 22, 2011
In the presence of my muse,
Sali M. Peden

Also see: Sweet Haiku for Sali | Haiku For Sali | Hoku For Sali

See these newer poems: Sali’s Nature and Tanka For Sali Upholding Her Wonderful Nature.

Declining US violent crime baffles authorities, but not the Transcendental Meditators in Iowa

September 20, 2011

Maharishi University of Management • Fairfield, Iowa 52557 •


US violent crime continues its 5-year steep decline, baffling authorities—but not the Transcendental Meditators in Iowa

Breaking news that violent crime in America continues its rapid and baffling steep decline has confirmed, yet again, predictions lodged by scientists six years ago: that large group meditations at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa would have a positive and measurable national impact in defusing the underlying acute societal stress that fuels crime and violence.

This announcement comes from Dr. John Hagelin, internationally renowned quantum physicist, president of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace, and director of the “Invincible America Assembly” in Fairfield, Iowa, where over 1,700 experts from 60 countries have gathered to practice advanced Transcendental Meditation techniques together to promote “coherence in national consciousness.”

“As we predicted before the launch of the Invincible America Assembly on July 23, 2006, there has been a dramatic and sustained decrease in violent crime in the United States since the Assembly began,” Dr. Hagelin said.

Forty years ago, most scientists would have been skeptical that meditation could reduce stress for the individual, let alone for society, Dr. Hagelin acknowledged. Today, however, the Transcendental Meditation program is widely recognized by medical science as a highly effective, scientifically proven approach to overcoming stress and stress-related disorders, such as hypertension, stroke, and heart disease.

In addition, extensive research, including 50 scientific replications and 23 studies published in peer-reviewed journals, has demonstrated that group practice of advanced Transcendental Meditation techniques is an effective, and highly cost-effective, approach for reducing societal stress and associated violent crime and social conflict.

“It is both surprising and fortunate that even a relatively small proportion of a population practicing these powerful, stress-reducing meditation techniques in a group produces a disproportionate—and demonstrable—reduction in societal stress and in associated crime and social violence. The meditating group produces an extensively documented ‘spillover’ effect of orderliness and calm in the surrounding society,” Dr. Hagelin said.

Dr. Hagelin predicted that violent crime in the nation would continue to fall as the number of advanced TM experts in the Invincible America Assembly increases from the current 1,700 to the next target of 2,500.

For information and to interview Dr. Hagelin, please contact Ken Chawkin at +1-641-470-1314,

Also see: Explanation to Steady Decline in Major Crime, Group Meditations Reduce Crime, As Predicted, and The Power of The Collective, by John Hagelin.

News Coverage

News Blaze: Transcendental Meditators Assert New Effective Approach for Reducing Crimes | Salem News: US Violent Crime Continues its 5-year Steep Decline, Baffling Authorities – but not the Transcendental Meditators in Iowa | Global Good News: World Peace: US violent crime continues its 5-year steep decline, baffling authorities – but not the Transcendental Meditators in Iowa | Fairfield Ledger: FBI: violent crime down last year, Hagelin says large group meditation affecting crime

POEM OF THE DAY: Poetry – The Art of the Voice, by Ken Chawkin

September 18, 2011

Here’s the POEM OF THE DAY, presented by THIS ENDURING GIFT, A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry, 76 Poets Who Found Common Ground in One Small Prairie Town:


How fine will your breath become
from listening to these words?
How soft will they seem to be
as they settle through the mind
like silent snowflakes falling
from a windless winter sky?

I often marvel at the mystery—
how words can work
on a listener’s heart and mind,
upon hearing a poet’s thoughts,
a poet’s breath, flowing
from an inner voice—

a windless wind, speaking
through a voiceless voice.

© Ken Chawkin

Published in This Enduring Gift, 2010

“This Enduring Gift is a testament to the abiding power of poetry within a particularly unique community and, by extension, speaks to poetry’s universal relevance. Here, a convergence of voices from places near and far, gathered in a small Midwestern town, observe, reflect, meditate, and wonder. From evocative lyrics to compelling narratives, from precise moments of deeply felt experience to inquiries of mystical complexities, these poems resonate with individual authenticity and true collective spirit.”
— Walter E. Butts, 2009-2014 Poet Laureate of New Hampshire

Enjoy and share these POEMS OF THE DAY with friends and poetry lovers you know.

Freddy Niagara Fonseca
PO Box 1271
Fairfield, IA 52556

Creator of
Fairfield’s No. 1 Bestselling Poetry Book
A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry
76 Poets Who Found Common Ground in One Small Prairie Town

Published in 2010 by 1st World Publishing
To purchase THIS ENDURING GIFT, go to

Also available in Fairfield at Revelations Cafe & Bookstore

If you click on the link to the Poem of the Day you’ll notice only two stanzas of 6 and 8 lines each, which is the way I had originally written it. Below is an explanation I had emailed friends for this change into three stanzas, a newer final version:


Oprah says she and her staff meditate, enjoy a Quiet Time twice a day—Facebook Live interview

September 17, 2011

Oprah and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg enjoy a lively discussion.

This was news to me. Did you know that Oprah was interviewed on Facebook Live? Live Interview with Oprah Winfrey – Sept 8, 2011. Since I’m not on Facebook I didn’t go there to look for it. So I did a Bing search and found it posted on Oprah sat down with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg for an enjoyable talk. Besides Sandberg, members of the Facebook crowd also got to ask Oprah questions, along with online participants.

Oprah is quite the talker. She is a great communicator and teacher. She sincerely wants to bring more consciousness into the lives of her viewers, and shares some revealing valuable lessons she’s learned over the years. Around 9:15 minutes into this enjoyable 1 hour interview, Oprah tells Sheryl that she and her OWN company offices in Chicago and LA have now incorporated meditation, a Quiet Time, twice a day into their schedule. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about this in a future show.

There were so many wise things Oprah said about her life, the evolving philosophy of her program, from entertaining and shocking her viewers, to helping them empower themselves. She feels her mission is to help people become the best they can be. Here is a partial transcript from the section on meditation. Sheryl asks Oprah what was it in her that helped her become who she is today.

Oprah: I think that the same thing that is in me is in everybody else, and when you close your eyes sometimes and you get really still…like one of the things that we are doing at my companies now is everybody is learning to meditate. And everybody gets all thrown by the word, meditation. So I said to them the other day: Let’s not call it meditation, let’s just call it Quiet Time, because…

Sheryl: Like my kids. They get Quiet Time.

Oprah: Yes, yes. Because when you teach your children meditation, you don’t say, we’re going to me-di-tate. You say, let’s have some Quiet Time. So twice a day now, at OWN, in Chicago and Los Angeles, we take Quiet Time…where you…literally…

So I have…having grown up in rural Mississippi, alone with my grandmother, I had a lot of quiet time. I had a lot of time to touch the stillness inside me. And the truth is, that’s where God lives. God lives in the space of stillness. Whatever you chose to call God, or not call God. It doesn’t matter whether you chose to call it or not, that stillness is always there, that awareness space.

…where you live, where the capital You resides, is not in the thoughts, but in the awareness, in that space. So I have lived in that space, of awareness for myself for a very long time. I can’t even remember…

You know, all of us has that space were you’re willing to get still, because the world will try to tell you everything about yourself, and…we have so many voices, in our heads and on our Facebook pages telling us everything. But, to know, really, what to do and how to be guided in your life, you have to go to that still space where the bigger You, the greater You, resides. And I have it, and so does everybody else who’s listening to us right now.

Sheryl: Get ready Facebook, we’re going to be meditating. (Sheryl gives the peace sign).

Oprah (laughs): Ya…ha ha ha

Sheryl: Twice a day.

Oprah: It changes the energy of everybody in your company. I mean, for years I’ve wanted to do it. And I knew that, because I didn’t start out that way. And I started out my school doing it too in South Africa.

Have a moment where you can go into that space, so that you’re not just talking and operating outta the top of your head, and you’re not just moving in your action-external self, but that you’re bringing a deeper sense of who you really are.

For a review of the show with quotes, here’s an article about it in The Huffington Post: Oprah At Facebook: Incredible (VIDEO). The video is posted there, as it also is on Oprah Forces Her Employees to Meditate, which is unfair since Oprah doesn’t force her employees to participate in such programs, she just provides it to them as a Quiet Time option, a time to chill out—something we can all benefit from in this fast-paced crazy world. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

This first show is now posted on Facebook:

It’s a great interview. Enjoy!

Also see Reports of Oprah’s visit to Fairfield, Iowa in the news Oct 19+20, 2011: Fairfield Ledger: Oprah visits Maharishi School, Fairfield | KTVO: Oprah and her jet land in southeast Iowa | Oprah Winfrey Meditated in Fairfield Iowa Tonight with Other Transcendental Meditation Meditators: Oprah Jets into Fairfield and MeditatesInspiring Developments | Mount Everest | Emporium. And Oprah meditates with ladies in MUM Golden Dome, which includes links to an interview with Dr. Oz, reported in Oprah Discusses Her Life After the Practice of Transcendental Meditation. And a recent post on the TM Blog Oprah Winfrey talks TM with Dr. Mehmet Oz. For more, see: Some Reports on Dr. Oz’s Interview with Oprah about TM and her Next Chapter. And this latest news: Oprah writes in O Mag about her visit to TM Town and meditating with ladies in their Golden Dome.

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