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Improved Brain Functioning
Extensive research shows that unique neurological changes take place in the brain during the practise of Transcendental Meditation, these include:
• Increased EEG (Brain Wave) Coherence
• Increased Integrated Brain Functioning
• Increased Blood Flow to the Brain
• Activation of the Prefrontal Cortex
• Mobilization of Latent Brain Reserves
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Studies have shown that regular practice of TM cultures the same degree of brain coherence seen in top-level managers and high-performance athletes.
The brain wave coherence found with Transcendental Meditation is correlated with a surprising number of positive changes - creativity and intelligence, concentration, the ability to learn new concepts, problem solving and moral reasoning all improve.
This increased coherence enables more and more of the brain’s latent potential to be realised. In this way the total brain is developed leading to a state of Enlightenment.
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The Transcendental Meditation technique enlivens coherent brain wave functioning in the pre frontal cortex, the brain’s executive control centre. By utilising an electroencephalograph (EEG) brain wave patterns are recorded and documented. These computer-generated drawings illustrate alpha-range coherence. The lighter lines show coherence (communication) between the two linked brain areas of about 70%, the heavier lines, coherence of 80% or higher (100% is perfect).
Most people display alpha 1 brain wave activity when they close their eyes because the back of the brain, which governs the visual system, is no longer receiving input and shifts into a restful state whilst remaining alert.
During Transcendental Meditation one achieves a high level of coherence very quickly. Alpha activity spreads throughout the brain- as the mind settles to its ground state, the experience of pure consciousness and the entire brain becomes restfully alert.
This unique alpha wave coherence during Transcendental Meditation suggests that all mental activity is coming to rest while full alertness is maintained – in turn indicating that the total brain is awake and integrated.
As EEG coherence increases, so does intelligence, creativity, learning ability, moral maturity and more.
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