To many, Transcendental Meditation (TM) is still synonymous with hippy culture after The Beatles famously travelled to India in the late 1960s to learn its mind-calming techniques.
But according to TM advocates in the UAE, these days your average practitioner is more likely to be wearing a designer suit than bead necklaces and flared trousers.
Ged Valente is the chairman of the Transcendental Meditation UAE organisation, which organises classes in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He believes TM should no longer be associated with Flower Power since many practitioners these days are high-flying professionals who use TM to improve mental ability and workplace performance.
“Yes, the fact The Beatles did it was positive, but the negative side of it is that in the minds of some people, it’s kept TM rooted in the hippy era,” says the 54-year-old Scot. “It became known as a hippy practice. But since then it’s evolved quite spectacularly and is practised by people from all walks of life.”
TM was first popularised in the West by the guru the Fab Four visited in India – the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (MORE)
Source: The National