"The brain is like a muscle. If you exercise a part of the brain, the neural connections associated with it will be strengthened. This is how we learn skills. The more we repeat a certain action, the more the neuron connections are strengthened and the easier the action becomes.”
– Joachim Claes, The Field Paradigm
The human brain is malleable and will adapt and transform with each experience. If we give it the experience of the Transcendental Meditation technique, we could see the brain changing from the very first sitting.
Normally, when you do a task, you use only a portion of your brain. If your brain were hooked to an EEG machine (to scan your brain waves), we would see that if you were playing the guitar the section of your brain that’s activated is very different than if you were cleaning your home, or learning to swim. But with the Transcendental Meditation technique, we see that the entire brain gets activated. Instead of having many different, moving parts, isolated for different tasks, they start to work together. Unified, in one big brain party.
It’s like going from learning to swim to having an entire team of synchronized swimmers. Scratch that. It’s like having an entire Olympian team of synchronized swimmers as your neurons move gracefully to the same majestic tune.
When your eyes are open and you aren’t meditating, muscle memory kicks in and you tap into that same flow state and become more creative, more purposeful, and more of…..yourself. This is why so many creative thought leaders like David Lynch, Jim Carrey, Ray Dalio and others say TM is their secret to success.
The more times you practice the Transcendental Meditation technique, the stronger those connections become and the deeper those feel-good-and-good-for-you patterns get embedded. Brain connections get stronger with time. Having more coherence, more mental strength, more emotional balance becomes instinct.
Cognitive development doesn’t happen from rote memorization and data dumps of important facts, it happens from changing what the brain experiences on a daily basis.
Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA is deeply invested in the growth of their students and wants to teach them the lifelong skills that will not only prepare them for the future world but empower them to shine as they are.
That is why Maharishi School invests in rest—of a special kind. Their students and teachers take time to transcend twice a day, with the practice of yoga and Transcendental Meditation. This allows them to gain deep rest and dissolve stress before it accumulates. It improves brain functioning. In a world of nearly incessant outer stimuli, it gives them a respite of inner silence, a connection with their own individual true self.
Through their unique program that is part theory, part practice, students learn to operate from a place of center. They learn how to imbue life with stillness, self-awareness, and presence. This lays the foundation for academic success and prepares students for all areas of future life.
Their goal is to help their students be the best version of themselves—starting with knowing who they are.