--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > I didn't notice any particularly dramatic changes after > starting TM, but my father apparently did. A lifelong, > card-carrying Americans for Democratic Action liberal, > he declared that henceforward he would vote for any > politician who practiced TM, *even if s/he were a > Republican*. You'd have had to know my father to > realize what an astonishing statement that was.
Oh, so that's who you inherited your intolerance from... > > One other thing that I recognize as pretty impressive > in retrospect, although it didn't seem so at the time, > was that after some months of TM practice I decided > I had had enough of the 9-to-5 rut and would quit my > job and start working for myself as a freelance editor. > > I had no savings and no prospective clients, but I didn't > even think about how risky it was; it just felt right, so > I did it. And it turned out to be the second-best > decision I've ever made, the first being to start TM. > > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "feste37" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > > Nice. Here's my story. When I started TM in the 1960s I was a high > school > > dropout, smoking 20 cigarettes a day, drinking, working in a dead- > end office > > job. You could say I was heading for a life of exceptional > mediocrity. Within 4 > > months of starting TM (which cost me one week's wages, by the way) > I had > > given up smoking, started to study by correspondence courses for > some > > qualifications, discovered music and literature for the first time, > and conceived > > an ambition to actually do something with my life other than > boozing, > > watching football and chasing girls. Looking back on it, I can only > call it an > > amazing awakening. I cannot believe that anything else at that > time could > > have done anything for me. I suspect that even the TNBs here have > stories > > similar to this, even though sometimes, because it was all so long > ago, it is > > easy to forget. > > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Rick Archer > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > > > > Just wrote this to a friend. Thought I1d get more mileage of out > it and post > > > it here: > > > > > > I had been aware of enlightenment for about a year and seeking it > in a > > > muddled way through drugs. One night I was tripping on LSD for > about the > > > 25th time, alone in my room, and I started reading Zen Flesh, Zen > Bones to > > > steady my mind. The thought struck me like a thunderbolt: "These > guys were > > > really serious, and I'm just screwing around. If I keep this up > I'll live a > > > miserable life. That's it. I'm going to stop taking drugs and > learn > > > Transcendental Meditation and see what happens." I did heroin > during my > > > 15-day "abstinence," figuring that it would be metabolized more > quickly than > > > other drugs. I was living with some people in New Jersey and they > drove me > > > to the George Washington bridge. I walked across, took a subway > > downtown, > > > walked across Central Park, and arrived at the TM center on E. > 78th street > > > with no money, no flowers, no fruit, and no handkerchief. I > figured that > > > those things were relative and if these people were really > enlightened, they > > > wouldn't care. They sent me home. Back across the park, uptown on > the > > > subway, walk across the bridge. Got a ride back to Franklin > Lakes. That > > > night I called my father and said, "Dad, I haven't taken drugs in > two weeks > > > and I need $35 to learn meditation. It's going to be the best $35 > you've > > > ever spent on me. He said OK, so someone drove me to the NY State > > Thruway > > > and I hitchhiked home, walking across the Tappan Zee Bridge and > most of > > > Westchester. Got home around 4am, got a little sleep, my dad > rushed me to > > > the train station, missed the train, called the TM center, they > said take > > > the next train, got into Grand Central, walked up to 78th street, > and got > > > initiated during a huge thunderstorm. Transcended clearly and had > a > > > wonderful meditation. Haven't missed one since. Within two weeks > I had cut > > > my hair, gotten a job, and gotten back into school. Never took > drugs again. > > > > > > ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> Join modern day disciples reach the disfigured and poor with hope and healing http://us.click.yahoo.com/lMct6A/Vp3LAA/i1hLAA/UlWolB/TM --------------------------------------------------------------------~-> To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/