As promised, here’s a short article describing a benefit of transcendental meditation: enhanced brain function.
When we talk of the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, we may be looking into a wide array of positive outcomes that may result from the continuous and regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. When the mind is calm, a whole range of possibilities emerges, which is beneficial to the holistic development of an individual. We can compare the mind to the CPU of the body. It must be in its normal and natural state to function well. Any unnatural or forced state of the mind engenders a whole range of maladies which have adverse effects on the holistic growth of a person. For this reason, Transcendental meditation is effective in bringing about potential growth to the different aspects and dimensions of our personal life because it brings about the natural state of our consciousness.
Transcendental Meditation Enhances Brain Functioning
The best way to maximize the full potential of the brain is to allow it to be in its normal relaxed state. This may be scientifically explained by referring to the left prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is the executive manager of the human body. When one reaches the relaxed normal state of the brain, the left prefrontal cortex readily establishes a complete and dynamic communication with the different areas of the brain enabling the brain to achieve total functioning. This dynamic and enhanced state of communication produces a very keen mind which functions at an optimal level. For this reason, the practice of Transcendental Meditation is highly recommended to those who want to optimize the functions of their brains. Likewise, in a scientific study conducted by a well-known neurologist, Richard Davidson, Ph.D., it shows that through the constant practice of meditation, the brain structures could be altered. This characteristic of the brain to alter, adapt, and rearrange its circuitry is scientifically referred to as Neuroplasticity. In his studies among Tibetan Monks, he found out that the left prefrontal cortex of the monks, who have been subjected to long period of meditation, have developed a more advanced left prefrontal cortex and exhibited very strong gamma activity. This study scientifically manifests that the practice of transcendental meditation could definitely enhance brain functioning and could lead to maximal functioning of the brain.
This is one benefit that can be felt, and therefore tested. Try it yourself — meditate for at least 5-10 minutes a day for the next two weeks, and then evaluate your cognitive skills. Do you feel sharper? Is it easier to concentrate and focus on the task at hand? Are you more productive?
More to come soon on benefits of meditation.