Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., a 20-year researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and the celebrated psychiatrist who pioneered the study and treatment of Season Affective Disorder (SAD), brings us the most important work on Transcendental Meditation since the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Science of Being and Art of Living - and one of our generation's most significant books on achieving greater physical and mental health and wellness.
Transcendence demystifies the practice and benefits of Transcendental Meditation for a general audience who may have heard about the method but do not necessarily know what it is, how it is learned, or what they stand to gain, physically and emotionally, from achieving transcendence. Dr. Rosenthal clearly and practically explains the basic ideas behind transcendental meditation: It is a nonreligious practice that involves sitting comfortably for 20 minutes twice a day while using a silent mantra, or nonverbal sound, to attain a profound state of aware relaxation.
Alongside exclusive celebrity interviews - in which such figures as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Russell Brand, Laura Dern, Moby, and David Lynch openly discuss their meditation - Dr. Rosenthal draws upon experience from the lives of his patients and a wealth of clinical research amassed on Transcendental Meditation over the past generation (including 340 peer-reviewed published articles). He provides the fullest and most accessible book ever on the broad range of benefits of this remarkably simple practice - from relief of anxiety, stress, and depression to new hope for those experiencing addiction, attention-deficit disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
©2011 Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D. (P)2011 Tantor
"Come for the star power; stay for the benefits." (Library Journal)
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I would add more specific meditation instruction.
His tone of voice and style is very inspirational and motivational.
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There was plenty of wonderful telling of how important transcendental meditation is. I believe it, I would have liked less selling of meditation centers and more information about the meditation process itself.
Say something about yourself!
Great info on how TM works, but unfortunately doesn't explain how to do it. To do it you have to go to expensive one on one classes.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
Rosenthal takes the mystery out of mysticism with practical explanations supported by extensive research, and at the same time makes science interesting and readable. It is a common supposition that meditation has something to do with religion and is in competition with prayer or other beliefs. But Rosenthal's explanations make it obvious that Transcendental Meditation is not only religion neutral--requiring no belief or spiritual bent--but is in fact mental hygiene, as necessary as brushing one's teeth. The word TRANSCENDENCE means "to go beyond." Anyone who is interested in getting beyond their present state (no matter how good it might be), improving his or her mental and physical health, sense of well-being, expanding creativity and personal development and learning about expanding consciousness to higher states will find this book useful. I have meditated for many years and can vouch for TM's effectiveness but it is often difficult to explain to others why TM is so powerful, so I admire Rosenthal's writing all the more because he explains it so well.He succeeds in explaining the benefits from a scientific and medical perspective that is not only informative but inspiring, even humorous at times. His writing style is down to earth and easy to read, with great anecdotal stories and supportive scientific facts. I'm already sold on TM's benefits, but I'd read this again just for the pleasure of it.
After watching Oprah's show "America's Most Unusual Town" I was very interested in Transcendental Meditation and wanted more information. This book coupled with the information found at the TM website and the presentation that I attended in a nearby city has completely satisfied my thirst to know more.
I remember Dr. Rosenthal from TV when I was younger. He was like Dr. Oz is to the TV audience of today. He is highly educated and has had the opportunity to discuss this subject with other doctors and many well respected individuals that are using TM with much success.
I found myself bookmarking many areas of the book so I could share the information with friends that were amazed at what they had just heard. The case involving the middle school principal that turned his school around by including "quiet time" twice a day is incredible.
Sometimes when I "listen" to a medical or reference book I find myself wishing I had the hard copy so I could follow along better or "see" what the reader is referring to. This was NOT the case with this book. It flowed perfectly and when Dr. Rosenthal would refer to a graph or study the description given was plenty for me to grasp the meaning.
My only regret is that I don't have the hard copy to lend to my friends. Well, maybe one other regret...I wish I had begun the practice of TM years earlier!
It was interesting, upbeat, used research to back up claims. That said, you must have an open mind to listen to-it does sound a bit like like the author is trying to convince rather than educate.Having worked in health care for 20 years, his claims actully make sense.
The reader was excellent.
Yes and I have. I am just starting the practice and this book filled in a lot of blanks
Even though I did go through it completely the first time, the chapters are separated enough that I can just zip to the topic I am interested in and listen again.
Because of its nature, this book doesn't aptly compare to other audiobooks I've listen too.
The book provided a scientific look at TM with real case studies. This was exactly what I was looking for to continue my research into TM. After listening to the book, I have decided, with my family, to take the next step.
Say something about yourself!
I chose the Audio version of this book specifically for listening during air travel. This is the first audio book I have listened to!
"Transcendence" was recommended by my son, a recent combat veteran from Afghanistan. Matt heard the author speak at an employee seminar and surmised that TM might offer short term and life long benefits for both himself and his wife. Initially, I wanted to have a better understanding of TM specifically, as relates to my son. But, as I listened, I was drawn in by Rosenthal's presentation of scientific support, illustrations and stories. Consequently, I feel better informed about the value of meditation enough to consider it for myself! High marks for "Transcendence". Beautiful presentation of the transformational impact TM can make personally and socially.
For me, this book gave me more information about the statistical evidence of the benefits meditation than the personal experience of the benefits the writer has gotten since he began meditation.
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