By Josh Richardson
More than 350 peer-reviewed research studies on the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. It increases cardiovascular quality, lowers blood pressure, decreases anxiety, and among quantum physicists is considered the fourth state of consciousness in which the entire brain is engaged.
This is a small segment of actor/comedian Russell Brand’s interview with renowned quantum physicist Dr. John Hagelin at the David Lynch Foundation’s Change Begins Within gala. They discuss the science behind the Transcendental Meditation technique, the Unified Field.
Published research has demonstrated that the practice of regular meditation can increase brain density, boost connections between neurons, decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, increase positive mood endorphins, and provide clarity of thought.
In a 2008 study published in the journal PloS One, researchers found that when people who meditated heard the sounds of people suffering, they had stronger activation of the temporal parietal junctures, a part of the brain tied to empathy, than people who did not meditate.
Other published studies have shown meditation can also improve physical functioning, decrease chronic disease risks, and enhance overall quality of life.
Scientific studies on transcendental meditation have been conducted at many universities and research centers, including Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School, Stanford Medical School, and UCLA Medical School.
A journal of the American Heart Association: 5-year randomized controlled study on patients with coronary heart disease reported a 48% reduction in death, heart attack, and stroke in subjects in the TM group compared to controls.
In 2013 the American Heart Association scientific statement recommended that TM be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension.
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found significantly greater effect of TM in reducing trait anxiety than treatment-as-usual and other alternative treatments, including mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) and other meditation and relaxation practices.
According to a report published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a meta-analysis of TM analyzed 16 trials and 1,295 participants. The conclusion was that TM worked better in reducing severe anxiety than psychotherapy or other relaxation techniques… and as a bonus, TM also produced lower blood pressure, better sleep, improved family life, less substance abuse and a better employment situation.
These are just a few of hundreds of studies now showing the effectiveness of TM.
An introduction to Transcendental Meditation
TM is a simple, natural technique, is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no contemplation, no monitoring of thoughts. The TM technique allows your mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness — pure consciousness. This is known as automatic self-transcending.
This introductory video below provides a clear description of what happens during TM practice.
Josh Richardson is blogger, healer, and a constant pursuer of the natural state of human consciousness. You can follow Josh at preventdisease.com.
This article (Transcendental Meditation: The Fourth State of Consciousness Scientifically Proven to Help Prevent Disease) was originally published on Wake Up World and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.