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Dr. Travis has done extensive research on the effect of Transcendental Meditation on the brain.



Transcendental Meditation can alleviate the stress in the brain
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, USA, The Review

Maharishi University of Management faculty researcher Fred Travis recently spoke to 600 professionals in Medellin, Colombia, about the effects of stress on the brains of Colombia's street children and how the Transcendental Meditation technique can help alleviate these effects.

In New York City he spoke at the opening of the Center for Leadership Performance on how the brain is involved in decision-making, how stress disrupts this process, and how the Transcendental Meditation technique maximizes it.

Dr. Travis was invited to speak in Colombia by Father Gabriel Mejia, a Catholic priest who directs 47 shelters for homeless children and youth offenders in Colombia and throughout South America. More than 3,600 young
people at these shelters have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Father Mejia is the president of the Hogares Claret Foundation, which hosted the conference. Attendees were priests, social workers, nutritionists, and counselors who work in therapeutic communities in Latin America, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Spain.

"They are oriented toward service and doing good, and they include a spiritual component," Dr. Travis said. "The application of the Transcendental Meditation technique fit their mindset."

After hearing about the Transcendental Meditation technique, about a quarter of them attended a followup discussion. Representatives from Mexico said they would like to incorporate the Transcendental Meditation technique into a program that involves 3,500 youths.

Dr. Travis's presentation in New York City was part of an inaugural event at the Center for Leadership Performance at 70 Broad Street. The purpose of the
Center is to present the Transcendental Meditation technique to the corporate world, Dr. Travis said.

At the inauguration, faculty member John Hagelin spoke about research on the health benefits. Dr. Travis spoke about the neural processes related to decision-making and how stress can interfere. He talked about the necessity of transcending in order to ensure that the manager is in the best state of mind for making correct decisions.

The presentation included a live demonstration of the EEG recording of brain waves of student Dariana Travis. "The audience gasped when they saw the marked change in her brain waves the minute she began practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique," Dr. Travis said.

Over 50 executives attended.

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