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Tm: Discovering Inner Energy and Overcoming Stress Hardcover – May, 1974

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Pr (May 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440060486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440060482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Raymond Mathiesen on July 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I must begin this review by pointing out that if you are interested in the 'How-to' of meditation this is book is not the one for you. Bloomfield and co. tell little of the techniques used in TM (Transcendental Meditation) other than that a mantra (repeated word) of some kind is used and a comfortable sitting position in a chair is preferred (rather than the cross legged, straight back position of Buddhism). If you want to know more about technique I suggest Herbert Benson's The Relaxation Response in which Chapter 7 describes how to meditate. Benson's book covers some of the material described in Bloomfield's volume, particularly the affects of meditation on blood pressure and heart rate.

Having mentioned the above failure I must point out that this book gives an excellent summary of the medical and psychological research done on Transcendental Meditation, as well as giving good coverage of the applications of the practice in education, psychotherapy, criminal reform and business. The book was first published way back in 1975 when TM was still a new and 'happening' thing, so many of the findings are only tentative. I am able to tell you, however, that many of the findings were later confirmed by further research. Stress is a great stumbling block in so much of what we do and anything we can do to alleviate it results in a surprising improvement in performance.

The subjects covered include:

(1) The physiology of meditation, particularly, reduced oxygen consumption, reduced breath rate, reduced blood lactate concentration, reduced galvanic skin resistance, reduced heart rate and decreased blood pressure.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book. However, it is dated - covering the scientific research on meditation as of 1975. It is very academic: the writing style is more scholarly than entertaining. The authors bridge western science and eastern tradition, and explain how eastern meditation (especially transcendental meditation) techniques are incorporated into and effectively used in western medicine and psychology.
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Format: Paperback
This also was part of the box of books series. It was actually quite a bit better than I thought it was going to be. A lot of studies conducted on the ability of Transcendental Meditation to affect bodily change. I have always want to try to be more consistent with this practice and got a fair deal of inspiration.

Highlights:
1. The books suggest that you can reach a higher state of REM via meditation than just sleep. That sounds so nice!
2. The book suggests that various ailments including lactic build-up can be alleviated naturally in the body with just a bid of meditation.
3. Heart rate and weight loss can accompany the improved state.
4. Mental focus to accomplish large projects such as a thesis are made easier.
5. Less deterioration of cells.
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Format: Paperback
I must begin this review by pointing out that if you are interested in the 'How-to' of meditation this is book is not the one for you. Bloomfield and co. tell little of the techniques used in TM (Transcendental Meditation) other than that a mantra (repeated word) of some kind is used and a comfortable sitting position in a chair is preferred (rather than the cross legged, straight back position of Buddhism). If you want to know more about technique I suggest Herbert Benson's The Relaxation Response in which Chapter 7 describes how to meditate. Benson's book covers some of the material described in Bloomfield's volume, particularly the affects of meditation on blood pressure and heart rate.

Having mentioned the above failure I must point out that this book gives an excellent summary of the medical and psychological research done on Transcendental Meditation, as well as giving good coverage of the applications of the practice in education, psychotherapy, criminal reform and business. The book was first published way back in 1975 when TM was still a new and 'happening' thing, so many of the findings are only tentative. I am able to tell you, however, that many of the findings were later confirmed by further research. Stress is a great stumbling block in so much of what we do and anything we can do to alleviate it results in a surprising improvement in performance.

The subjects covered include:

(1) The physiology of meditation, particularly, reduced oxygen consumption, reduced breath rate, reduced blood lactate concentration, reduced galvanic skin resistance, reduced heart rate and decreased blood pressure.
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Format: Paperback
I must begin this review by pointing out that if you are interested in the 'How-to' of meditation this is book is not the one for you. Bloomfield and co. tell little of the techniques used in TM (Transcendental Meditation) other than that a mantra (repeated word) of some kind is used and a comfortable sitting position in a chair is preferred (rather than the cross legged, straight back position of Buddhism). If you want to know more about technique I suggest Herbert Benson's The Relaxation Response in which Chapter 7 describes how to meditate. Benson's book covers some of the material described in Bloomfield's volume, particularly the affects of meditation on blood pressure and heart rate.

Having mentioned the above failure I must point out that this book gives an excellent summary of the medical and psychological research done on Transcendental Meditation, as well as giving good coverage of the applications of the practice in education, psychotherapy, criminal reform and business. The book was first published way back in 1975 when TM was still a new and 'happening' thing, so many of the findings are only tentative. I am able to tell you, however, that many of the findings were later confirmed by further research. Stress is a great stumbling block in so much of what we do and anything we can do to alleviate it results in a surprising improvement in performance.

The subjects covered include:

(1) The physiology of meditation, particularly, reduced oxygen consumption, reduced breath rate, reduced blood lactate concentration, reduced galvanic skin resistance, reduced heart rate and decreased blood pressure.
Read more ›
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