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Meditation and the Brain

Dr. Stixrud & Dr. Travis | 40:14


I want to welcome you all this evening to this scientific presentation on Transcendental Meditation behavior in the brain. It's been a long time coming. I've been meditating for 45 years. And I have been teaching Transcendental Meditation for 42 years.

And I think anyone who's been meditating how many people here do some form of meditation. That is almost everybody. The interest in meditation has been, you know, steadily not moving much for decades. And oh, you meditate. That's nice. I'm sorry to hear it. For decades, almost. Even though in transcendental meditation, millions of people had learned it over the years. Nonetheless, it hadn't hit the mainstream.

And just in the last year or two, I think, would you say, there's been a just a spike of interest in meditation in general, and specifically Transcendental Meditation. And I think there's three main reasons. One, the problem of stress has become so acute, so severe, so chronic, so toxic, and everyone is aware of it. Two, conventional approaches have proven largely ineffective to address the problem. You can't take a pill to prevent toxic stress or trauma. And you can't take a pill to cure it; you can mask it.

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