--- 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.
> > >
> >
>







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