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The story behind the bestselling book Transcendence
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5 February 2013
At a medical conference at the University of Maryland, USA, Norman Rosenthal, MD, told the audience of medical professionals how he came to write the New York Times bestseller Transcendence.
The conference, The New Science of Meditation and Self-Healing: Transcendental Meditation and Mind-Body Medicine, featured Dr Rosenthal and Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, both experts in mind-body medicine.
Dr Rosenthal is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and the author of Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation and Winter Blues, among other books. He conducted research at the (US) National Institute of Mental Health, as a Research Fellow, Researcher, and Senior Researcher for over 20 years. It was there that he first described and diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and pioneered the use of light therapy to treat it.
In addition to his groundbreaking work with SAD, Dr Rosenthal recently began to work with integrative medicine and Transcendental Meditation.
Dr Rosenthal found his work with light therapy exciting, and that is how he feels now about his research and work with Transcendental Meditation.
'I've been a psychiatrist now for 33 years and a researcher for much of that time,' he said, 'and every now and then something comes along that really excites me and I stop and say, ''Wow, this is something I really need to get to know more about.'' '
Dr Rosenthal was reintroduced to Transcendental Meditation just a few years ago. In fact, it was a patient of his, a young man with bipolar disorder, who reminded him of the practice.
'He said to me, ''You know, Doctor, whatever you are doing with your medicine is pretty good, but what's making me really happy most of the time is the meditation I'm doing, Transcendental Meditation.'' '
Dr Rosenthal replied that he used to practise Transcendental Meditation years ago when he was a medical student. However, after learning the technique he never took it very seriously and didn't practise it regularly.
His patient told him he should have taken it seriously and he should get back to it. Dr Rosenthal listened. 'And am I ever glad I did,' he said. He began practising again and enjoyed many benefits from the technique, and this stimulated his interest in conducting research on its effects on post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and other disorders, and eventually to write about it in Transcendence.
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