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Meditation helps keep it together
Going to Korea to teach kids was one of the toughest things I've ever
had to do, even harder than going through boot camp at age 34. After about 24 hours of traveling from the east coast of the States to Korea, I arrived there at about 8 p.m. I was exhausted but had to go to Seoul the next morning for training ( a four-hour seminar on how to
teach little kids).
If I hadn't had Transcendental Meditation every day to keep me in balance, I would have had a much harder time. It was hot and humid and
the air stank in the morning like a sewer or garbage dump. Since I didn't have an air-conditioner, I had to keep the windows open, which let the din from the sheet-metal workshop nearby fill my room. My bed was so hard that I got leg pain that made it difficult for me to work.
And I picked up an intestinal bug that, added to the jet lag, made me feel generally weak.
The training was quite inadequate to handle kindergarteners, some of whom would run around the room or stand on the table and scream or grab my behind --maybe you know how that goes. This was harder than the army because in the army you didn't have to feel good to get through the day successfully.
The town was a real wasteland culturally, with only a narrow park to
stroll in once in a while. On top of that I had a sexy supervisor (with a good husband) who liked to flirt, an unwelcome complication. So I kept myself together and moved on. Luckily, immigration gave me a hard time over nothing, and I had to leave, which was okay with me.
So I recommend TM to anybody who wants some extra strength for the daily battle against student apathy, laziness, immaturity, bad behav-
ior, etc. A website with info you can visit is tm.org.
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