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Why does music attract our mind?
by Gary Kaplan, MD, PhD
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31 May 2011
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The article presents a brief but fascinating essay by neurologist Gary Kaplan, MD, PhD, exploring how music attracts the mind's attention and drawing parallels to the mechanics of the Transcendental Meditation Technique.
'What really gives life to music and moves us so, and is reflected in a more global activation of our brain, is the ability of music to work on the deepest level of our emotions, this subtle aspect of the mind, at the door of the ground state of our consciousness,' Dr Kaplan writes. 'To resonate with deeper levels of the mind, music must reflect the structure of the infinite field that gives rise to the activity of the mind.
'To whatever extent music reflects that absolute level of life, we are drawn to it, much as we are drawn to the bliss that characterizes the state of pure awareness as we settle down during the Transcendental Meditation technique. Bliss is the attraction, whether we glimpse it in visual or performing arts, music, the written or spoken word, science or mathematics, or in athletic perfection. It is always the same bliss, the essence of the unified field underlying existence, always calling to us, and it is the nature of the mind to ceaselessly seek it out.'
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