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Leading brain researcher explains how Transcendental Meditation supports success in life
by Global Good News staff writer
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17 May 2009
'Whatever you want to do and be you can do and be.' This was the message of Dr Fred Travis*, one of the world's leading researchers into the connection of brain functioning and higher states of consciousness, when he spoke to top educators and business people during his recent highly successful tour of Great Britain.
Please also see Part I and Part II of this series.
In his presentations, Dr Travis described with great clarity how the Transcendental Meditation Programme benefits brain functioning and every area of life.
Dr Travis explained that in order to increase 'the power output of any system, you need to increase the connection between the elements of the system. In terms of the brain it's the frontal lobes—the frontal lobes actually connect all other parts of the brain.
'When the frontal lobes are more connected, the brain works as one. That means the brain can be more creative, it can be more successful, performance can be higher.
'When you solve a problem by creative insight, you find that the frontal lobes are more active. When you have to make a decision with incomplete information—which is what all businesses need to do—frontal areas are more activated.
'The good news is you can actually increase the integration of the frontal areas of your brain. Transcendental Meditation practice does this. What you see is increased activation of the frontal areas while the mind is completely quiet. And with regular practice this deep silence and heightened alertness during meditation practice is seen afterwards in activity.
'Your brain changes throughout your life. Your brain is not a rock; it's a river. Every time you see or hear something it creates a wave of electrical activity that goes to the left, to the right, to the back, to the front, and it leaves its impressions in the brain in terms of greater connections between specific circuits.
'That means every time you do something today, you're strengthening circuits so you can do it better tomorrow. So the reality of life is we create our own destiny in a very physical way. If we want to be good at tennis, we just need to put in the hours and we'll be great at tennis. Whatever you want to do or be you can do and be.
'Transcendental Meditation leads to a new experience, an experience where your alert attentional circuits are more active, the frontal areas are more integrated, at the same time you're more quiet—''restful alertness''. And this state of restful alertness has its own associated brain circuits with it.
'What you see is that the brain patterns during meditation begin to be seen during activity. That means that when you're in a very turbulent, trying time, you've added something new to your experience—inner stability, inner rest, inner expansion.
'This is the value of adding Transcendental Meditation to your life. You begin to change those brain circuits so you can have fullness and alertness, inner stability, happiness in whatever situation you're in,' Dr Travis concluded.
*Dr Fred Travis is the Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA
In the coming days Global Good News will continue to feature highlights of the tour of Dr Travis in Great Britain.
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