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About the Author

Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., is one of the country's leading psychiatrists and the author or coauthor of over 200 professional articles and four popular books, including Winter Blues and The Emotional Revolution.

With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. He has also been featured on Providence and General Hospital, and his theater roles include Trigorin in The Seagull, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452653844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452653846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author, psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, says that no book can teach you how to do TM; you must be taught by an individual teacher in a personalized course of instruction. This costs $1500 or more when last I checked. I have taken the TM course of instruction and found it so rigidly scripted as to seem almost stock, one-size-fits-all. In my opinion, Dr. Herbert Benson's book The Relaxation Response (and his subsequent books The Breakout Principle and Your Maximum Mind) presents the basics of a meditation practice that is essentially the same as TM, and in such a way that the reader can begin meditating on his or her own by following the simple steps outlined in the books.

Dr. Rosenthal says that TM involves no religious belief or faith -- yet practitioners are asked to believe that their mantra, even though it has no meaning at least to English speakers, has some deep transforming power and must be personally selected for each individual by a highly trained teacher. Dr. Benson on the other hand advises choosing a word of personal spiritual significance to you to use as your mantra. Either way, we seem to be talking about faith.

In Dr. Rosenthal's favor, he does lay out the benefits of meditation clearly and persuasively. I have experienced these benefits through regular practice of meditation for almost thirty years; sometimes using my TM mantra, sometimes using a phrase from the Psalms that is more connected with my spiritual beliefs. In either case I have experienced relaxation, increased creativity, surprising insights, greater energy, deeper calm, more organized thinking. I leave it to neuroscientists to prove that there is a difference between the effects of TM and that of The Relaxation Response, Christian Centering Prayer, or other kinds of meditation.
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If you're exploring the various meditation techniques in the world today, there's a fair chance you're looking for practical information on technique, rather than an exhaustive sales pitch. If so, then you'd be smart to avoid anything branded with the words "Transcendental Meditation," as it's all a bunch of fluff.

In a nutshell, Transcendental Meditation is a simplified approach to the already-simple technique of mantra meditation. In mantra meditation, the practitioner focuses on a word or phrase of some significance in an effort to induce a mildly hypnotic state of mind conducive to meditation. There is an incredible amount of information on the subject freely available online, so there's no need to buy this book. In fact, the book not only skirts practicality, but actually suggests its uselessness by repeatedly insisting that the reader pay $1500 to a TM instructor, who will then assign them a mantra and tell them how to use it.

If you're one of those people who take comfort in burning money in exchange for some escapist fugue with a "meditation instructor," then hey, buy the book. Spend the money. Do whatever makes you happy. For the rest of you, do yourself a favor and search online for info on mantra meditation. Many cities in the western world are also now home to monasteries, temples and other such places where traditional mantra meditation is taught for free, or at least for much less money.
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I was interested in learning about the topic of Transcendental Meditation--however don't expect to learn any techniques from this book. It is just a long infomercial to convince you to sign up for the $2500 training course with the company with which this author is associated.
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In "Transcendence", Norman Rosenthal encapsulates in words both wise and clear his experience with, and understanding of, the Transcendental Meditation technique. Reading his careful review of the scientific research on TM in a variety of areas (stress, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, etc.), it's striking to consider that a fundamentally simple and easy meditative practice can produce such a complex and widespread range of benefits for both mind and body.

It's also fascinating to witness Rosenthal carefully distinguishing the TM technique from other meditative practices; he makes it clear that different meditations use different methods and produce strikingly different results. He focuses on the TM technique in this book, noting that it is the most extensively studied meditation practice. He also cites study after study supporting his statements.

My favorite parts of the book are those where he relates the personal experiences of people suffering from various conditions, and the results they experienced directly in their own lives after starting TM. While Rosenthal is careful to say that such stories indicate or point to the benefits of TM (rather than to prove them), he puts them in a broader context by citing the research studies in those areas.

One of the surprising parts of the book is the section on PTSD. Rosenthal cites preliminary studies on the positive benefits of TM. From what Rosenthal says, the results are very promising. I find it odd that more research has not been done on this, especially since TM has been shown to be so effective for treating things like anxiety and stress.

We have anywhere from 250,000 to 500,000 (or more) soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD.
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