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Brain Imaging Parses Transcendental Meditation Practice
by Rick Nauert, PhD

Psych Central    Translate This Article
7 November 2016

On 7 November 2016 Psych Central reported: New research explains differences and dispels misconceptions regarding Transcendental Meditation and other meditation practices.

As published in the journal Brain and Cognition, investigators contend that subjective experiences and cortical activation patterns help to distinguish the Transcendental Meditation technique.

'Transcendental Meditation uses a mantra, and for this reason some researchers maintain that it involves focused attention and controlling the mind,' said lead author Fred Travis, Ph.D. 'Those who practice Transcendental Meditation know this is not the case. This study supports their experience that Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and effortless to practice.' It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of science.

The study involved 87 students at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, who had been practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique from one month to five years.

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''There are two key findings from this study,'' said Travis. ''First, individuals practicing Transcendental Meditation for just one month reported the same frequency of 'transcendental consciousness' experiences during their practice as individuals meditating for five years.''

The second finding deals with activity in the ''default mode network,'' which is a large-scale brain network involving areas in the front and back of the brain . . . . The study reports that activity in the default mode network remained high* during Transcendental Meditation practice. Activity in the default mode network is reported to go down in all other types of meditation since they involve focus and control of the mind.

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* The basic finding of the study is that during practice of Transcendental Meditation the default mode network becomes more active. This shows that the mind is not focused in any way, and that the practice is effortless, guided by its natural tendency to go to a field of greater charm. Other forms of meditation all show decreased activity in the default mode network, indicating that the mind is being focused, and not allowed to effortlessly transcend.

See related articles:
Research validates the defining hallmark of Transcendental Meditation -- effortlessness
New study by Dr Fred Travis: Role of transcending in cognitive development

Fred Travis, PhD, is Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, Chair of the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science, and Dean of the Graduate School at Maharishi University of Management.

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