Other real-life examples
Judith Green, an Orthodox Jew living in Los Angeles' Los Feliz
neighborhood, says she doesn't have to wait for more studies to recognize the
benefits that 30 years of private prayer have had on her own health. Every
Friday at sundown, the start of the Jewish Sabbath, the 62-year-old South
Africa native lights traditional Sabbath candles and spends up to 20 minutes
praying for herself and her loved ones, asking for guidance and assistance from
"a power outside ourselves that can make things possible."
For Green, who describes her health as very good, the practice
serves as a weekly reality check. "It helps remind me that I can't control
everything in my life," she says. "I just need to have the patience to
let things come around on their own if that's what's supposed to
Norma Jean Jahn, who lives in Southern California's sprawling
San Fernando Valley, feels similarly. The 74-year-old former accountant for
Warner Bros. Records calls her health excellent and attributes much of it to
her twice-daily meditation sessions, one before noon and the other around 4
p.m. "It relieves stress, and stress is a killer," she says.
Jahn discovered TM eight years ago and said her introduction to
it couldn't have come at a better time. "I think it saved my life," she
says. "I was under a tremendous amount of stress, and I felt like I was
ready for a stroke or a heart attack. The stress just drained all the energy
out of me. It was just a struggle to get through the day."
Now, thanks in part to meditation, Jahn also goes to the gym
three days a week. She controls stress, rather than vice versa.
"My life," she says, "has turned around
Stephen Gregory has been a journalist for 10 years and has
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