– Keith Bennett, Independent Business Consultant, Perthshire.
Keith Bennett is an independent business consultant from Dunblane, Perthshire. In 1993, the recession hit and as his business and financial problems increased so did his stress levels. He was constantly exhausted, eating irregularly and unable to sleep. His family collectively voiced their concern and he knew he had a problem and would have to deal with it. He learnt Transcendental Meditation.
“The results for me were astonishing,” he says. “Immediately I felt many of the stresses that I had accumulated over 18 months, dissolve. Within the space of 10 minutes I felt quite different – less pain in my head, my thinking was much clearer, neck muscles had relaxed and the constant nausea I had been experiencing just vanished. I was taken aback. I remember walking back to the car feeling inexplicably happy in a natural kind of way.”
Now, Keith sees everything in a more positive light. He spends more time with his family, and looks forward to going to work in the morning and gets through twice as much work as before making fewer mistakes.
Keith was so impressed by TM that in collaboration with the Scottish TM Centres, he set up a series of seminars to introduce TM to other businessmen.
“When you are stressed, you perceive negatively, when you are relaxed you perceive positively, see things as a challenge rather than a problem,” says Keith. “When I took it up, I was told that my working life would become easier, and that has happened. With clearer thought, I am able to achieve more, so much faster, in an effortless way. This has become an extension of quality management in which I am still involved.
“With TM you are upgrading the human physiology, like you upgrade your computer to run better software, but with TM it happens in a simple, natural way. There is no mind-bending, no mind-altering. You positively look forward to doing it every day.”