I wrote Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation (Tarcher-Penguin, 2011) because I simply had to. Transcendental Meditation had done so much good both for my patients and myself, had such strong research backing, and was so pleasant and easy to do that I felt the urge to share these experiences as seen through the eyes of a doctor, scientist and TM practitioner.
One question I often like to ask people is, “What surprised you about it?” where “it” is whatever we happen to be discussing. In that same spirit, it seems reasonable to ask myself, “What surprised me about how Transcendence turned out?” Well, lots of things:
So, what’s new about the paperback version of Transcendence?
In this regard, I was once again surprised – by all the developments in the world of TM just in the one year since Transcendence was published. I summarize these changes in a totally new chapter, called “After Transcendence.” Here are some of the highlights of that chapter:
I provide gripping stories of people in all these categories, as well as explanations for how TM might help such a widely divergent group of conditions.
2. Embracing TM in business and athletics
Businesses are seeking out TM for their personnel as a way of boosting performance and promoting leadership. It is likely that the brain coherence that occurs when people practice TM is responsible for greater clear-headedness and improved decision-making. The relief of stress helps people remain cool-headed and thoughtful, both critical qualities for people in the high-pressure worlds of business world and athletics.
3. A caveat and a promise
The hardcover version of Transcendence contained so many descriptions of people who had dramatic experiences during meditation, that I wanted to reassure those who did not have these four-star special effects that they could still derive tremendous benefits from the practice. Here’s how I end the new chapter.
For most people . . . myself included, the effects of TM are subtle and gradual, but cumulative. Yet as the rippling waters of a stream can smooth the edges of the sharpest stone, so can the gentle flow of meditation alter the shape and contours of a person’s life.
I hope that you enjoy the paperback version of Transcendence, and most of all, that you benefit from its contents.
Wishing you Light and Transcendence,