That is rather interesting. It confirms my experience with TM versus other 
types when I started. 
More recently however the experience is they are all similar but then my mind 
has undergone a lot transformations in the last few years or so. 
The main difference now is the mind is far more silent even in activity so I 
can just sit and be silent even without meditating. 
Basically as time goes on the contrasts of experience that a non-meditator or a 
new meditator experiences become less and less, although I think the time 
interval for this to occur varies a lot among individuals.
My experience with the movement is they are not keen on making comprehensive 
comparisons with other meditations.
>From a scientific point of view, enlightenment is kind of undefined, 
>consciousness is undefined, so designing an experiment that investigates what 
>meditation is supposed to accomplish is currently impossible.
So the tests are more superficial, such as levels of rest, or mental focus and 
some chemical changes in the blood.
It is clear these other meditations do sometimes have a profound effect and 
result in enlightenment and that some take to them more easily than TM, but I 
do not think this is the majority case.
I recall a newspaper article long ago where the author mentioned that people 
practicing TM found more success than with other types they tried. That was the 
case for me.

      From: "dhamiltony...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife]" 
<FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
 To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Friday, December 2, 2016 1:09 AM
 Subject: [FairfieldLife] Re: TM and DMN!
   
    ..activity in the "default mode network" (DMN), which is a large-scale 
brain network involving areas in the front and back of the brain that are 
active when one's eyes are closed and one is following internal thoughts.

perhaps reflecting..
This could indicate..
assertions. 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <he...@hotmail.com> wrote :




| New Research Validates Hallmark of Transcendental Meditation — 
EffortlessnessA new study on MUM students by Fred Travis shows EEG patterns of 
the Transcendental Meditation® technique that distinguish it from other 
approaches to meditation and that validate the assertion that it's an 
effortless practice."Transcendental Meditation uses a mantra, and for this 
reason some researchers maintain that it involves focused attention and 
controlling the mind," Dr. Travis said. "This study supports the experience of 
people who practice Transcendental Meditation that it's easy to learn and 
effortless to practice."There were two key findings that suggest the technique 
is effortless and natural. First, the students who had been meditating for a 
month reported the same frequency of experiences of Transcendental 
Consciousness as those who had been meditating for five years."This supports 
the understanding that Transcendental Meditation uses the natural tendency of 
the mind to transcend — to move from active thinking to deep, inner silence," 
Dr. Travis said. "Extensive practice doesn't make a natural process go any 
better."The second finding deals with activity in the "default mode network" 
(DMN), which is a large-scale brain network involving areas in the front and 
back of the brain that are active when one's eyes are closed and one is 
following internal thoughts. DMN activity is high when a person just sits with 
his or her eyes closed, and low when one opens one's eyes and interacts with 
the world.The study reports that activity in the DMN remained high during 
Transcendental Meditation practice. In contrast, it decreases in all other 
types of meditation — since they involve focus and control of the mind. Indeed, 
the study found that the default mode network was as high during Transcendental 
Meditation practice as during eyes-closed rest, which is used as the benchmark 
for default mode network activity.However, Dr. Travis found two important 
differences between Transcendental Meditation and eyes-closed rest. Eyes-closed 
rest had more beta brain waves in areas of the brain associated with memory and 
motor aspects of speech production, perhaps reflecting the mental chatter that 
goes on when one's eyes are closed, Dr. Travis said.Transcendental Meditation 
had more theta brain waves in orbitofrontal areas associated with reward 
anticipation."This could indicate the movement of the mind to more charming 
levels of thought during transcending," Dr. Travis said. "The meditators' 
attention was absorbed in the inner march of the mind, attracted by the 
increasing charm of finer levels of mental functioning."
Works cited:
The Review, Vol 32, #6 |


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