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Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Dr. Rosenthal was a senior researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School. He has spent three decades conducting medical research, first at Columbia University and then at NIH. Famous for pioneering the study and treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), his focus recently turned to the Transcendental Meditation technique.
With a forward by Mehmet Oz, M.D., this gracefully narrated, reader-friendly account takes a subject that is subtle and, for many, elusive and renders it simple, clear and vitally relevant.
In addition to exploring the extensive scientific documentation of healing and transformation through TM practice, the book features case studies and interviews with meditators -- including Paul McCartney, Russell Brand, Martin Scorsese, Moby, Laura Dern and David Lynch -- who share with us their life-changing experiences.
Dr. Rosenthal says, "If TM were a new prescription drug, conferring this many benefits, it would be a billion-dollar blockbuster."
I recommend this book to anyone interesting in improving their life and health, gaining relief from stress, or attaining inner peace.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book on TRANSCENDING and its importance to all aspects of life.Published 2 months ago by lakshmilove
As other reviewers have pointed out, this book will not teach you how to meditate. It will however explain to you many reasons why you would want to learn Transcendental... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doctor S 457337
misleading book ...its all about TM but does not give any information on the technique or the process of actually doing TMPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was one of the people that flocked to TM in the 70's (?), and I can promise you that the information necessary to practice TM can be communicated in 10 minutes, or less - perhaps... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Johnson