Archive for April, 2008

Why we need Transcendental Rest

April 10, 2008

By anointing 2008 as the Year of the Brain, little did I realize how much information would come my way, especially regarding neurological trauma (strokes) and the great benefits of restorative, neo-cortical rest.

Indeed TED 2008 set the tone, bringing together the scientist and the spiritual leader to speak about right brain resilience and hemispheric balancing!   And more recently, I have had the chance to listen to some of David Lynch’s talks on T.M. a.k.a Transcendental Meditation  —  superb listening for those who are cautious about  meditation and all things Orientalist.   In one session, speaking on a neuroscience panel at Harvard U, Lynch captures the audience imagination with his references to what Maharishi Yogi called, “the deep diving into the field of bliss.”  Meditative practice —  “it’s money in the bank” for the artist, says Lynch repeatedly.

T.M. as distinct from many ancient meditative practices brought over from Asia, appears to have a different neurological imprint on the brain in comparison to say Zen or Vipassana Buddhist Meditation.  This is a claim worth following up.  

In the meantime, check out David Lynch’s foundation website for article and new postings http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org

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And for those of you who currently engage in some form of neo-cortical rest (e.g. contemplative practice), I welcome your comments on the benefits as well as your concerns.

In honor of my dear friend Eugenia Butler who passed away last week from a stroke, I offer this post to the benefit of all. 

May the Breath Be With You!

M. A. from L. A. a.k.a. Dr. G .

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