Scientific Research

How TM optimizes our brain functioning.

Over the past 20 years, the National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $24 million to study the improvement of brain functioning and health, utilizing the TM technique. Dr Fred Travis, an internationally renowned neuroscientist has published over 70 scientific papers in top peer-reviewed scientific periodicals. His research shows that TM enhances brain wave coherence and promotes integrated brain functioning.

How stress damages the brain

Brain_StresssedStress, pressure, fatigue, poor diet, alcohol, and drugs damage neural connections between the brain’s prefrontal cortex — or “CEO” — and the rest of the brain. When you are overtired or under intense mental or physical stress, the brain bypasses its “higher,” more evolved, rational frontal executive circuits — it starts using more primitive stimulus/response pathways. Consequently, you respond to daily demands without thinking; you make impulsive, shortsighted decisions. When the CEO goes “offline,” strong emotions, such as fear and anger, take over, adversely coloring your view of the world.

How TM optimizes the brain

Brain_MeditatingThe Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique provides the experience of “restful alertness,” which reduces stress, strengthens communication between the brain’s prefrontal cortex and different areas of the brain, and develops total brain functioning. As a result, the TM practitioner displays stronger executive functions, with more purposeful thinking and farsighted decision-making. When the CEO is fully “online,” the emotional response to the world is more balanced and appropriate.

 

Developing a creative brain

Your brain did not come fully assembled at birth. Through the natural processes of maturation and experience, your brain is being created anew at every moment, to support all your thinking, deciding and behaviour. The on-going creation of your brain is a dynamic process.

The experience of restful alertness during Transcendental Meditation creates the optimum condition to unfold your full potential, for maximum intelligence and creativity in a completely effortless way, while preventing the damaging effects of stress on the brain.

 

Increased creativity

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Individuals who learned Transcendental Meditation showed increased creativity in comparison to controls as measured by a higher level of pictorial originality when measured after five months of practice. They also showed increased creativity as measured by higher levels of pictorial flexibility and verbal fluency.

Highlights of recently published studies

  • The American Heart Association published a 5-year randomized controlled study on patients with established coronary heart disease. The article reported a 48% reduction in death, heart attack, and stroke in subjects in the TM group compared to controls. Journal: Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, November 2012
  • In addition, the American Heart Association concluded that the TM technique is the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure. They further stated that TM may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. Journal: Hypertension, June 2013,
  • A Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) found significantly greater effect of TM in reducing trait anxiety than treatment-as-usual and other alternative treatments, including mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) and other meditation and relaxation practices. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, October 2013

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