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Making the connections: How Transcendental Meditation improves your brain
by Mario Orsatti

Transcendental Meditation - www.tm.org/blog    Translate This Article
11 August 2010

The Huffington Post (August 11) reported on recent research, conducted at American University in Washington, D.C., which shows that the daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique creates more efficient, integrated brain functioning.

The unique experience of ''transcending''* gained during TM practice, writes journalist Jeanne Ball, neutralizes the stress, which negatively impacts brain functioning

''When we are overly tired or under intense mental, emotional or physical stress, our brain tends to bypass its higher, more evolved rational executive circuits, defaulting to more primitive stimulus/response pathways. We respond to challenges without thinking, making impulsive, shortsighted decisions. When the brain's CEO goes 'offline,' strong emotions such as fear and anger can adversely color or distort our perception of the world,'' Ms. Ball writes.

Ms. Ball emphasizes the positive effect of TM practice on the brain's prefrontal cortex—said to be the brain's executive center. This key part of the brain plays a crucial role in judgment and decision-making.

''Interestingly, the brain's crucial frontal area is where the highest levels of EEG coherence are typically recorded during TM practice, indicating improved communication between the prefrontal cortex and other parts of the brain,'' Ms. Ball reports.

This news item on the Transcendental Meditation website also includes a link to the full Huffington Post article.

Watch a short short video of Dr. Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, explaining how the Transcendental Meditation program improves brain functioning. (This video was also embedded in the Huffington Post article.)

* Transcending: The process of the mind settling down and experiencing increasingly refined levels of its own activity, eventually going beyond the finest level of thinking to experience the unbounded field of Transcendental Consciousness. Transcendental Meditation is a simple, effortless, systematic technique to experience this most silent, peaceful level of one's own consciousness—the innermost Self.

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