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Latest volume of scientific research on Transcendental Meditation published
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28 October 2013
Scientific research documenting the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation across all areas of life has been a significant factor helping establish the stress-reducing technique in mainstream Western society. Since the first studies were conducted over 40 years ago, the ever-increasing abundance of published research has also differentiated Transcendental Meditation from other, less documented meditation techniques.
Now, Volume 7 of Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme: Collected Papers has gone to press and will be available in the United States and Europe in the end of November.
In a recent interview Dr Michael Dillbeck, International Research Professor at Maharishi University of Management and editor of the volume, spoke about its publication, content, and importance.
The volume is almost 1,000 pages in length and contains 81 different studies. There are papers from 115 different authors and 50 universities. In addition, the volume contains a list of all the research findings from volumes 1-6, so this one edition contains the whole mass of research on Transcendental Meditation to date, 'hundreds and hundreds of studies', Dr Dillbeck said.
'This will be a very valuable reference and useful resource,' he said. He added that knowing the research on Transcendental Meditation helps anyone from Western society, trained to evaluate from a scientific basis, to approach meditation with an open mind.
Areas covered in the volume include brain functioning, health, student performance, manager effectiveness, and benefits for society.
The interviewer commented that the scientific research has been 'the primary way that modern society has validated the effects of Transcendental Meditation'.
He noted that this process began in 1970 with the first study on Transcendental Meditation, showing reduced oxygen consumption during the practice, which became a catalyst for the hundreds of studies that have followed, including a study published last year in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
The study found dramatically reduced occurrence of heart attack, stroke, and mortality in patients with cardiovascular disease, resulting from long-term practice of Transcendental Meditation. This created a 'stir' around the world, showing just how far Transcendental Meditation has come in mainstream medical acceptance in less than 50 years.
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