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Brain research reveals how inner wakefulness during Transcendental Meditation maintained in dynamic activity: Dr Fred Travis
by Global Good News staff writer

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10 November 2009

In his presentation on the recent business webinar, 'How to Optimize Your Brain to Realize Your Full Leadership Potential,' Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, gave an EEG demonstration of the brain wave coherence that occurs during practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique.

He explained that similarity of electrical signal is mathematically calculated as coherence. If parts of the brain are working together, the electrical signature is similar.

Dr Travis said that during Transcendental Meditation, the whole brain is working together, which is called 'total brain functioning'. 'All the localized processes settle down and there is just the experience of wakefulness, awareness,' Dr Travis said.

Due to the naturalness of the technique, even in those who have been practising Transcendental Meditation only a few months, research shows a quick change in state—'almost like a neural switch', he said, 'to a state of restful brain activity. And inside [there is] a state of inner wakefulness.'

Asked why one practises Transcendental Meditation, Dr Travis answered, 'Because it is a wonderful experience; and [because] experience changes the brain.'

He emphasized that this is a critical point: adding a new experience changes the brain. 'This is already happening in us', he said—people constantly have new experiences, which in turn affect their brain function. 'But now you are adding the experience of [pure] wakefulness'—with its unique brain wave patterns demonstrating coherence and total brain function.

Even a twenty-minute session of Transcendental Meditation is enough to support very dynamic activity, Dr Travis commented. He added that the technique can be mastered very quickly, and that the benefits carry over from meditation into activity.

'The benefits are not benefits that you think about,' he said. 'They are benefits you are living—because now the brain is able to maintain that inner state of fullness, self-sufficiency, and broad vision, even as you are focussing in a very strong way.'

The webinar originated from the Center for Leadership Performance in New York on 23 October. Replays may be viewed online at: 'Executive Briefing-Replay'. Dr Travis's brain research center is based at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

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