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Could mental silence heal our ills?

A new book, Silence Your Mind, from Australian researcher Dr Ramesh Manocha claims that the most effective way to combat modern stress is not just to meditate or practice positive thinking, but to completely empty the mind of thoughts for at least 10 minutes a day. The book, which is based on a series of clinical research trials over a 15 year period, gives examples of how this 'mental silence' technique, based on a practice called Sahaja Meditation, has helped people cope with many different problems, ranging from asthma to severe attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder in children.

Dr Manocha, who is an Australian GP and researcher based at the Sydney Medical School in Sydney University, has run several peer reviewed trials using the technique and discovered some surprising...

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