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In Melbourne, schools discover benefits of Transcendental Meditation
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16 August 2013
Continuing his recent lecture tour of Australia in Melbourne, Dr Fred Travis focused on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in education. Dr Travis is Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in the USA.
Starting at Maharishi School in Melbourne, he spoke of the growing and successful school as providing the ideal education to develop the brain to its full potential. Later on, when he lectured at other educational institutions around the city, Dr Travis often invited them to visit Maharishi School to see what meditation can do for the field of education.
Dr Travis spoke at Independent Schools of Victoria about how experience changes the brain (one of the themes of his Australian tour) and how that relates to teaching and learning. The experience of the transcendent* during Transcendental Meditation is beneficial for all students and teachers, said Dr Travis.
Again on the educational front, Dr Travis spoke at La Trobe University in Melbourne. 'It was a very exciting talk,' he said. 'Over 390 people were in attendance—very intelligent, thoughtful people.'
At the lecture, a young woman who practises Transcendental Meditation volunteered to be hooked up to an EEG machine so that Dr Travis could show the audience in real time the difference in brain activity between normal daily life and TM.
He lectured at the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, a leading youth mental health organization that describes its mission in conducting research 'to better understand the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence onset, remission and relapse of mental illnesses, in order to find better ways to prevent and/or reduce the impact of mental disorders for young people'.
One of the researchers there had learned Transcendental Meditation in the past and understood its effectiveness, Dr Travis said. 'She knew that TM was unique and a very powerful adjunct to helping the juveniles that [the centre is] dealing with.'
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* During Transcendental Meditation the mind settles down to experience quieter levels of the thinking process, eventually going beyond thought to experience pure awareness, the silent, unbounded field of transcendental consciousness, the basis of the mind's activity.
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