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Understanding the effects of practicing Transcendental Meditation (Part 2)

 

Thoughts subside

Thoughts subside

The experiences of transcendence during the practice of Transcendental Meditation permit a better insight into the latest research on higher states of consciousness, published in the January 2014 issue of the Annals of the Academy of Sciences in New York. Conducted by Dr. Fred Travis, the research indicates that Transcendental Meditation leads to non-dual experiences of transcendence marked by a sense of self-awareness without content. The analysis of the descriptions of this experience based on 52 meditators shows that the spirit effortlessly moves inward in order to go beyond thought. The individual is more anchored in the inner Self and therefore less likely to be overwhelmed by the vicissitudes of daily life.

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Understanding the effects of the practice of Transcendental Meditation (Part 1)

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation

We examined in a previous article in detail what happens in the body, including the brain, during the meditation practice of mindfulness (see about it http://management-vedique.com/understanding-the-effects-of-mindfulness-meditation/)Similarly, let us now consider what happens in the body and in the brain during the practice of Transcendental Meditation, a technique that presents itself as simple, natural and effortless. Through both  its mechanisms and results it is totally different from meditations with unfocused attention which mindfulness is part of. It is classified in the family of techniques with automatic transcendence. Based on the use of a mantra – a sound without meaning – it is practiced with eyes closed twice daily for twenty minutes.

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