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'The joy of quiet' - New York Times
by Gary Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D. - Transcendental Meditation USA    Translate This Article
23 January 2012

The Excellence in Action page of Global Good News is featuring this article with colourful photos.

Please click on the following link to read more about 'The Joy of Quiet'—New York Times.

The article features a wonderful recent essay by Pico Iyer in the New York Times—'The Joy of Quiet'—that speaks to the importance and enjoyment of 'quiet time', a time apart from the frenetic world, including the Internet. Taking time out for rest or recreation is nothing new. Yet, recently more and more of us have become enamored with finding our own quiet time.

When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi first brought the Transcendental Meditation Technique (TM) to the west over fifty years ago, he proclaimed to a group of eager listeners that 'rest is the basis of activity'.

He also explained that for rest to be truly rejuvenating it must be the type of rest that allows the physiology to settle to its 'ground state', a state characterized by profound physiologic rest and at the same time a new style of brain activity, coherent cerebral activity involving left and right hemispheres, from the frontal to the occipital regions. The experience is one of deep inner bliss and contentment.

This new type of rest epitomizes the true 'joy of quiet'.

Click here to enjoy the full article on the Excellence in Action page, in which Dr Kaplan goes on to describe a further dimension of the 'joy of quiet' as these effects of TM are also seen outside of meditation, in the midst of dynamic activity.

*Dr. Gary Kaplan is a neurologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Hofstra University School of Medicine. Dr. Kaplan received the Albert H. Douglas Award from the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding achievements as a clinical teacher interested in promoting and improving the medical education of physicians. He is also a nationally recognized expert on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on stress-related illnesses.

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