May 30, 2022 • ISSUE 625
May 23, 2022 • ISSUE 624
MIU Celebrates Golden Jubilee
The inauguration of the Alexander and Beatrice Ross Theater took place in the newly renovated Wege Center for the Arts, which also featured exhibits by faculty, Alexander and Beatrice Ross, and Canadian artist Chris Cran. In addition, a new Maharishi Archive exhibition opened in the library, celebrating the teachings and contributions of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
During the weekend, MIU also launched the Dr. Tony Nader Institute for Research and Consciousness and performed a ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovation of the swimming pool.
A series of talks offered insights into the latest faculty research and new MIU programs. Dr. Tony Nader gave the keynote address, while MIU faculty, alumni, and staff gave presentations about the history of the university, as well as a vision of the next five years featuring the next generation of MIU leadership.
The Golden Jubilee also offered tours of campus, Maharishi School, and Vastu homes, a welcome dinner and alumni picnic, a trade fair in the Argiro Student Center, fireworks, and musical entertainment.
May 16, 2022 • ISSUE 623
Review on Maharishi Vedic Architecture Published in Health Journal
- Sleeping with one’s head to the east or south is associated with positive health outcomes, such as lower heart rate, blood pressure, and serum cholesterol levels.
- Homes with south entrances are associated with poorer mental health and more financial problems.
- Facing east while working is associated with greater brain coherence and faster task completion.
- Occupants of Maharishi Vastu architecture homes or office buildings display greater creativity and report improved health and quality of life.
MVA is the holistic wellness architecture system Maharishi revived with over 20 principles, including east facing main entrances, buildings aligned with the cardinal directions, and floor plans assigning key functions to specific locations within the building.
Previous research on the impact of buildings focused primarily on assessing stress reduction and increasing comfort and well-being. The findings of this review reinforce the growing recognition that building design plays a key role in both causing and even potentially solving humanity’s health challenges.
“Modern medicine now recognizes the powerful effects of the ‘envirome’ on health,” said study co-author, Robert Schneider, MD, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine at Maharishi International University. “The envirome includes all the natural and man-made elements of our environment throughout the lifespan, notably the built environment. This review of the science suggests that buildings constructed according to principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture function as positive elements in the envirome to enhance mental and physical health and well-being. Further, advances in neuroscience offer plausible physiological explanations for these effects.”
The results of the review suggests that Maharishi Vastu architecture offers a viable approach for using architectural design as a tool for promoting mental and physical health. Additional co-authors of the study were former MIU faculty Lee Fergusson, PhD, and Anna Bonshek, PhD.
May 9, 2022 • ISSUE 622
Meagen Anderson and Natalia Fernandez Launch Transcending Trauma Program
In the spring of 2021 Meagen and Natalia both volunteered to organize MIU’s virtual International Conference on Consciousness-Based℠ Leadership and Management. Meagen then invited Natalia to join her company, and together they rebranded it to offer holistic business solutions.
Natalia graduated from Flagler College in 2019 and has been traveling the world as a digital nomad, working as a marketer and educator in Denmark, Spain, Scotland, and Bali. She has also founded the nonprofit Period, to provide education about PMDD, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. She is a functional medicine certified health coach candidate with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.
In 2020 Natalia decided to pursue an MBA in Sustainable Business and discovered MIU. She was intrigued by the MA in Leadership and Workplace Conflict Resolution program, so she decided to add that to her MBA.
Natalia says that the TM technique has been a life-changing tool for her. “I feel like my potential has been unlocked, and anything I want to do is possible,” she said.
Their first initiative, the Transcending Trauma Program, allows companies to train their employees in the Transcendental Meditation technique while simultaneously sponsoring survivors of the #MeToo movement within the brewing industry in partnership with the Women of the Bevolution Brave Voices Fund. The program also features workshops, follow-up sessions, and a gift box.
“Our ultimate goal is to redefine organizational health,” said Natalia. The duo has been receiving guidance from the TM for Women organization, and Meagen is currently enrolled in Dr. Tony Nader’s Consciousness Advisors Course.
May 2, 2022 • ISSUE 621
The Fulfillment of Retirement Planning
Matthew likes his job because he can help people achieve their financial and retirement goals. He also appreciates the lasting client relationships and friendships he has cultivated, which span an average of 20 years.
He has maintained his regular TM® practice over the years and the connections he made at MIU. “My TM practice has created a lifelong commitment, enjoyment, and enfoldment of knowledge,” he said. “There is an ongoing silence in all of my activities that helps me as a trader and advisor by giving me a perspective with my clients and in my personal life.”
Matthew splits his time between Philadelphia and Miami, and likes to take regular road trips to visit his clients around the country. He also enjoys traveling abroad, sports, reading, and the arts.