Book Review: "Transcendental Meditation" by Jack Forem

This book is a fantastic overview of the practice and benefits of transcendental meditation, which I incorporate into my life for 20 minutes twice per day.

David Lynch, the filmmaker, artist, and artist, has practiced the technique for over 40 years, and he advocates this book.

Research on the psychological benefits of Transcendental Meditation has been published in over 100 academic, scientific, and medical journals.

Basically the author reiterates the technique that was taught to him by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who said that the practice opens the awareness to the infinite reservoir of energy, creativity, and intelligence that lies deep within everyone.

I liked how the author connects the importance of meditation to an evolution of a global scale, and how he draws upon many influential thinkers and psychologists—Erich Fromm, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Aldous Huxley, to name a few.

The author gives a helpful explanation of the hierarchy of needs, a pyramid model that includes 5 levels—physiological, safety, love/belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. The term self-actualization, the highest rung, refers to morality, creativity, spontaneity, and fulfillment—best embodied by notable figures like Abraham Lincoln.

In general, this book is a good stepping-stone for learning the practice.