At the time of writing it is the day before the start of Easter. It doesn’t quite have the same ring as the ‘night before Christmas’ because as we know things can get quite sad and miserable in the early stages of this particular religious holiday. Fortunately the mood does pick up towards the end with what is known as the Resurrection. As a child I found this story fascinating with the vision of Jesus, having assured his followers that he was okay, heading skywards through the stratosphere to settle in Heaven. Even as a youngster, however, I did worry that even if he had been able to come back from the dead after crucifixion, that a trip into outer space without a proper spacesuit would surely have….read more
The great psychology pioneer, Abraham Maslow, caused a stir when he suggested that the average person used only 5-10 percent of his or her mental potential. A good deal of mental potential, of course, includes our ability to be a creative human being and increased creativity is one of the notable researched benefits stemming from the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation.
In an age of escalating technology, the human brain is still the most important piece of hardware that we should be concerned with … TM and its associated Vedic technologies should be seen as vital tools in upgrading that hardware. When we refer to “unfolding creative genius” that means going within and enlivening the mind through contact with the silent levels of creation at the basis of ourselves. Regular contact with this unified field level brings steady growth of all aspects of our consciousness including creativity.
Although we are all born with different…read more
At the beginning of this year there came an announcement regarding the further ‘institutionalisation’ of the Transcendental Meditation programme by the medical establishment. The January 2016 issue of Chicago Medicine presented the news that the first-ever TM elective course is being offered at a major medical school in the United States. The course, “Physician Wellness through Transcendental Meditation”, is now available at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago.
The article noted that the participating students are giving new meaning to the adage “Physician, Heal Thyself” as they learn about the science and methodology behind Transcendental Meditation as well as experiencing the benefits of the technique for themselves. According to the magazine; “Attending physicians and students reported that TM added balance to their lives. Having TM as a tool means our students can recommend something that they know will help, based upon their own experience and upon substantial evidence. They can avoid burnout and maintain their enthusiasm for practicing medicine. They can also become the role models (as doctors) we all aspire to be.”
It is interesting to note in light of this development that it is 45….read more
An acquaintance once told me that whenever his life had hit some rough patches he felt that his sessions of Transcendental Meditation each day were like visits to an old friend who would never let him down in terms of providing comfort and renewal. This is a very good analogy and one which almost everyone who has learned TM can relate to. The suggestion of ‘visiting’ however implies that one has ‘gone somewhere’ during TM, so where and what is it?
‘Transcendental’ is a very important word in understanding this process because to transcend during meditation means to ‘go beyond’ all mental activity and conscious cognition while still remaining awake and alert. The activity of the mind naturally and easily settles to the point where…read more
As each year draws to a close many people reflect not only on the 12 months that have just passed but wonder about what point they have reached in their entire lifetime. Despite biblical legends of certain people living for up to 900 years the average person will expect that all going well their own lifespan will encompass anything between seven and nine decades. The examples of people living beyond the tenth decade are rare enough for them to earn a congratulatory message from the Queen as a 100th birthday accolade if they reside in a British Commonwealth country such as New Zealand.
One pleasing aspect of my work as a Transcendental Meditation instructor over the past 40 years has been the experience of seeing clients looking younger and fresher, even fairly soon after learning the technique. Appearance is one thing, but what about the actuality of realising a lifespan somewhat longer than what is now taken as normal? For this we turn to the medical researchers who looked at this very question in the early 1980s. It was a logical step in view of the extraordinary range of mind-body benefits that had been found so far as a result of TM practice.
In order to see how an individual is coping with the passage of time there are a number of…read more
What the beloved Bard William Shakespeare referred to as the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” are traumatic experiences in life which can happen to anyone at any time. Even though the circumstances of such experiences can be over and done with, such as someone returning to the safety of their home after being in a war zone, a dysfunctional impression can be left on our most precious asset, the brain. Someone suffering too much from bad experience is said to be in the grip of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, in which a part of the brain called the amygdala becomes more active.
The amygdala is the brain’s fear centre so it creates a veil of fear through which an individual experiences the world. The brain is the interface between our inner and outer experience and the quality of brain function determines what we see and hear and how we respond to that. Therefore someone affected by PTSD becomes hyper-vigilant and vulnerable, thinking that people don’t understand them, all because of what their brain is now telling them. Additionally the amygdala is turning on the ‘fight or flight’ response which itself turns off the front part of the brain, the normally dominant sector which makes rational decisions.
According to Dr Fred Travis, director of the Centre For Brain, Consciousness And Cognition at Maharishi University Of Management, a person with PTSD needs to turn off….read more