Why we need Transcendental Rest

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



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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2 Responses to “Why we need Transcendental Rest”

  1. John M. Knapp, LMSW Says:

    Many critics consider Transcendental Meditation a cult founded by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For an alternative view of the TM Movement, readers may be interested in checking out TM-Free Blog, TranceNet.net, or my counseling site, KnappFamilyCounseling.com/cultsb.html, where individuals recovering from Transcendental Meditation and similar groups will find helpful information.

    John M. Knapp, LMSW

  2. M. A. from L. A. a.k.a. Dr. G. Says:

    This reply comes after an email question to John Knapp:

    Good Morning John,

    Thanks so much for your note of clarification. As a graduate student who worked collaboratively on cult studies at UCLA in the 1970’s I can appreciate your effort to maintain caution with respect to meditation groups. I’m very curious to know if your study extends to groups like Shambala, Chabad, the Amish, Zen monastics etc. and if your study will zero in on the issues of ego strength and locus of control? (Allow me to direct your attention to a doctoral study conducted by Jan Berlin whose research framework on locus of control was directly influenced by the aftermath of the Jim Jones suicide cult).

    As well to clarify, are you planning to distinguish your research from the practical application to medical environs, e.g. contemplative practices incorporated into programs at university research clinics like UCLA and Harvard (John Kabat Zinn’s medical mindfulness center)? I myself am interested in the application of meditation to medical and educational settings and thus my website follows that course of thinking.

    In other words, will your study separate out the practice of meditation from the social dynamics of meditation societies?

    When you have a moment.

    Yours respectfully,

    Dr. G.

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