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From Anxiety to Peace: Review highlights Transcendental Meditation role in mental health
by Dr Roger Chalmers
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16 July 2013
Dr Roger Chalmers* reviews From Anxiety to Peace, a new book by psychiatrist Dr Nick Argyle.
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This enjoyable book elegantly summarises different strategies for managing anxiety, explaining in clear and practical terms how they work and for whom they are most helpful. The tone is positive and hopeful, emphasising that anxiety is eminently treatable, with many useful examples and practical insights drawn from the author's long experience at the frontline of clinical psychiatry.
Dr Argyle distils the essential features of different approaches to mental health, neatly integrating often confusing and contradictory elements into a unified framework. A common theme is that difficulties are often best solved by bringing a second element to bear on the problem—darkness is dispelled by bringing light, not by investigating darkness.
From Anxiety to Peace shows how different therapies help the individual to move beyond the busy, fragmented, surface level of thinking—where worry and agitation are all too common—to utilize more fundamentals levels of mind and intellect, where thinking is naturally calmer, more integrated, harmonious, effective, and progressive.
Argyle highlights the inextricable link between mental states and brain functioning, emphasising that all human beings are endowed with a state-of-the-art computer which we must learn to use properly. As we learn new skills, we are utilizing more of the brain's vast potential. Conversely, when the body is free from fatigue and imbalances then the operational capacity of our brain is enhanced, leading to more rewarding experience, clearer thinking and greater happiness.
Refreshingly, Dr Argyle looks beyond short-term, problem-oriented approaches to anxiety, to consider how individuals can best achieve personal growth towards lasting peace and well-being. Building on the unified framework developed in his exploration of psychological therapies, he identifies the ultimate source of inner peace and happiness at the most settled and expanded state of the human mind, the field of consciousness which underlies all aspects of experience, thinking and behaviour. Argyle shows how experience of this field of inner peace is easily accessible to everyone through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation—a simple, effortless technique with scientifically-documented benefits for integrated brain functioning, improved mental and physical health, and better occupational and education performance.
From Anxiety to Peace further explores how the mind-body relationship can be turned to our advantage through a comprehensive system of natural health-care, Maharishi Ayur-Veda, which provides many time-tested methods for promoting balance in the physiology and in our relationship with the environment.
I highly recommend this concise and comprehensive overview to anyone who wants to overcome anxiety and develop inner peace. It is also a useful resource for doctors and other health professionals in guiding patients towards effective treatment for anxiety and greater well-being.
Source: Transcendental Meditation News (UK)
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From Anxiety to Peace by Dr Nick Argyle is available from Amazon.com
* Dr Roger Chalmers is a General Practitioner in East Anglia, UK, and co-editor of Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme: Collected Papers, Volumes 2-4.
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