Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

Bob Roth. Simon & Schuster, $24 (208p) ISBN 978-1-5011-6121-6
In this well-argued book, Roth, a transcendental meditation instructor, explains that the mantra-based technique can reduce stress, raise productivity, and increase happiness. Describing TM as coming from the “oldest continuous meditation tradition in the world,” Roth outlines in clear, simple language what TM is, how it differs from other widely taught forms of meditation, how effective it is (based on the results of peer-reviewed research studies), and what happens during the four-day training period he prescribes. Roth, who refers to himself as a “natural skeptic,” contends that TM is not a religion, belief system, or way of life; rather it is a way of calming the mind. He briefly covers the history of TM, which was developed by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s and is now supported by a worldwide organization, without delving too far into the complexities of that story. Testimonials from business leaders and celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, Lena Dunham, and Katy Perry, provide enthusiastic support for Roth’s claims of TM’s benefits. The heart of the book, however, is Roth’s description of his work with the David Lynch Foundation, which brings TM to students in impoverished schools, veterans with PTSD, and others who seek inner and outer calm. Those looking for more information on this popular technique will find Roth to be an effective, lucid guide. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/11/2017
Release date: 02/06/2018
Genre: Nonfiction
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