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Author of 'Transcendence' found compelling topic in Transcendental Meditation
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5 February 2013
'I swore I wouldn't write another book.' Distinguished psychiatrist, researcher, and author Norman Rosenthal, MD, laughed when he talked about finishing his landmark book, Winter Blues, about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
During a 20-year stint as a senior researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the United States, Dr Rosenthal led the team that described SAD and pioneered its treatment with light therapy. He wrote the book that introduced the treatment to the general public.
'Writing a book,' he said recently to an audience of medical professionals, '—don't do it unless you are absolutely compelled to.'
He spoke about his most recent book, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, at a conference at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland.
Writing a book is a lot of work, said Dr Rosenthal, adding that his assistant can confirm this fact. After Winter Blues, he swore he would never write another one, but he gave himself a loophole. If he found something that really compelled him, he would consider undertaking the process once again.
Dr Rosenthal found that something with Transcendental Meditation (TM). He felt excited and inspired by the benefits he gained from his daily practice, and by all the good research on the technique; and though he would not say the book 'wrote itself', it was certainly easier than with his previous books.
It came smoothly, he said, because during meditation 'I was in that transcendent space' deep within the mind, an orderly, restful, peaceful and refreshing state.
He added that as a result of his Transcendental Meditation practice, he was better able to tolerate solitude and gained the ability to prioritize the book above other things.
'That's what Transcendental Meditation helped me do. So I wrote Transcendence, and now I'm actually writing another book and it's all thanks to the meditation. This is an example of how, if you can still yourself and can find that space of calm inside yourself, that will enable you to [accomplish] your deepest desire.'
In addition, Dr Rosenthal said, 'When you start to meditate, different parts of the brain work better together. . . . The brain and the body work better together, people function better together.'
'It is a great force for harmony,' Dr Rosenthal concluded.
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