by TM Women mini magazine January 2023
26 December 2022
EEG brain wave coherence is correlated with exceptional functioning in activity. From athletic performance to job performance, an increase in your brain’s orderliness will translate into more success. Published research shows that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique generates the degree of coherence necessary for outstanding performance.
Harvard Medical School Professor of Psychiatry Robert W. McCarley said “Synchronized [brain] rhythms characterize conscious thought, perception and problem solving” and that “our brains need a coherence of firing to organize perception and analysis of data from the world around us.”
There is a dramatic increase in brain wave coherence during TM, even at the beginning of the practice. This results in the style of functioning and clarity of thinking that we often characterize as “breakthrough” thinking or the “aha” phenomenon.
During the effortless practice of the TM technique, the mind automatically settles into a more conscious yet restful state. This shift of consciousness is accompanied by changes in electrical brain wave patterns—increased brain coherence. A pattern of global brain coherence is created—neurons in all regions of the brain fire in synchrony. This coherence is particularly pronounced in the pre-frontal cortex which is responsible for planning, impulse control, and executive functions. One of many studies on businesspeople indicated that increased brain coherence was associated with greater levels of accomplishment and organizational responsibility.
Whether engaged in business, athletics, the arts, or education, every activity can reflect more superior orderliness in the brain.
Dr. Randy Lee, an associate professor of psychology and assistant coach of a girls’ college squash team, explained that for the athletes, “The most important squash is played on the six-inch court between their ears.”
“Before I wasn’t able to focus completely on the game and was distracted by external factors like the audience,” says Nour Bahgat, a student athlete. “TM really helped me to get into the zone. Being in the zone is very important to an athlete because that’s the point where you can perform at your best level, so it was a great thing to learn.”
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