The initiative named Change Begins Within was launched with a concert to raise funds to encourage schools to include Transcendental Meditation (TM) are part of the school day It’s thought it could help increase creativity and concentration, and reduce depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
There are already specialist schools, such as Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, in Skelmersdale, Lancashire where children already engage in TM as part of their school day, and this school in particular has GCSE results of twice the national average.
As recent surveys show children are becoming more stressed and prone to mental health problems, and whilst experts believe mediation could be the answer, introducing TM may do more harm than good. Kairen Cullen, associate fellow of the British Psychological Society said: “Just adding a few classes to the curriculum would be cosmetic. This is an entire lifestyle package and, for children in today’s fast-paced society, that would be quite a culture clash.”