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Dr Norman Rosenthal talks about his early experiences with Transcendental Meditation
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5 February 2013
At a medical conference hosted by the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, distinguished psychiatrist and researcher Dr Norman Rosenthal shared his early experiences with Transcendental Meditation, the experiences that inspired him to write the New York Times bestselling book Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation.
The conference, titled The New Science of Meditation and Self-Healing: Transcendental Meditation and Mind-Body Medicine, featured a talk by Dr Rosenthal.
Dr Brian Berman, founder and director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, said that Dr Rosenthal would focus on 'a variety of topics including managing stress; treating anger, anxiety, depression, and addiction; as well as achieving one's full potential and harmony in society'.
But first, Dr Rosenthal explained how he became interested in Transcendental Meditation and inspired to write a book about it.
Previous to Transcendence, Dr Rosenthal had written another bestseller, Winter Blues, about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its pioneering treatment with light therapy. After that book, he felt strongly that he would never write another book again unless he was truly excited about something.
Thanks to a young bipolar patient of his who raved about his experiences with TM, Dr Rosenthal became excited about Transcendental Meditation.
Like many people, he wondered where he would find the recommended 20 minutes, twice a day, to practise the technique. But he did, and once he began feeling the effects, he realized the value of making the time every day.
Dr Rosenthal explained that his experience at the outset was not dramatic, but he began to notice results gradually. 'After a couple of months of regular practice, I just became a much more even tempered person, less reactive, more energized, more creative, more alive.'
This experience encouraged him to take Transcendental Meditation from just a personal practice, to look into it and examine it from his clinical background.
'So I began to recommend it to various patients; I did some research in it myself, both in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and in bipolar disorder. . . . I was persuaded that there was a real story here, one that I didn't feel had been properly told, so I wrote the story out in the form of the book Transcendence.'
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