During the pandemic we are spending more time at home so it is a perfect time to catch up on our reading. If you are interested in meditation and health here are five books for you.

Strength in Stillness:

The Power of Transcendental Meditation By Bob Roth

This book is a simple, straightforward exploration of Transcendental Meditation and its benefits from world authority Bob Roth. Featuring interviews with entrepreneurs and celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, Katy Perry and Ray Dalio, the author explores the reasons why people practise TM and some of the unexpected benefits they have experienced.

Roth also breaks down the science behind Transcendental Meditation in a new, accessible way. He highlights three distinct types of meditation—Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, and Self-Transcending—and showcases the evidence that the third, Self-Transcending, or Transcendental Meditation, is a uniquely accessible, effective, and efficient way to reduce stress, access inner power, and build resilience.

Strength in Stillness offers a clear explanation of how effective Transcendental Meditation is in calming the mind, body, and spirit.

The Coherence Effect

By Robert Keith WallaceJay B. Marcus, and Christopher S. Clark

The Coherence Effect describes the ways and means of tapping into the laws of nature to improve health, higher brain functioning and well-being.

What keeps one person healthy, and not another? What makes one a high achiever, but not another? This book demonstrates that the key to both health and higher brain functioning is the coherent or orderly functioning of the brain and body.

The authors show that coherent functioning is not just a matter of chance or genetics, but can be systematically developed through the Transcendental Meditation program and Maharishi Ayurveda, the world’s oldest system of natural medicine.

Western medicine applies the coherence principle through pharmaceuticals that seek to bring order where there is disorder. But for lasting health, we need to utilize what can keep us healthy on a daily basis: what we eat, how we digest our food, our sleep habits, and our meditation, exercise, and Yoga programs.

The Coherence Effect is a practical guide to coherence-generating programs that have been shown in more than 600 scientific studies to result in health, happiness, and higher brain functioning.

The Healthy Brain Solution for Women Over Forty:

7 Keys to Staying Sharp – On or Off Hormones
By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD

There is breakthrough medical news about memory for every woman over forty. Although women have twice the risk of men for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, research shows that memory loss is preventable, even reversible, and the earlier you start, the better.

In this seminal book by a pioneering integrative MD, expert in Ayurveda and women’s health, who is also a certified practitioner of the Bredesen Recode Protocol, you will learn the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease and how to identify and eliminate your personal vulnerabilities. You’ll revisit the risks and benefits of bioidentical hormones, when best to start, if at all, and when to stop, or not, based on the latest research and your personal preference.

Discover your mind-body type and get personalized tips to balance your digestion, calm your nerves, energize and optimize your metabolism, cut your stress and sleep better—all based on the latest Alzheimer’s research and evidence-based Ayurveda. You’ll be expertly and compassionately guided by an accomplished integrative doctor who also feels like your best friend, using seven simple steps to cut your risk and sharpen your mind while you boost your overall health and vitality. An empowering, must-read guide to avert memory loss, feel your best and look younger than you really are— for every woman over forty, and those who love them!

Super Mind:

How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation
By Norman E. Rosenthal, MD

The noted research psychiatrist and New York Times-bestselling author explores how Transcendental Meditation permanently alters your daily consciousness, resulting in greater productivity, emotional resilience, and aptitude for success.

Most of us believe that we inhabit only three states of consciousness: wakefulness, sleep and dreaming. But there is so much more.

In Super Mind, Dr. Rosenthal shows how the incredibly simple daily practise of Transcendental Meditation (TM) can permanently improve your state of mind during the routine hours of waking life—placing you in a super-mind state of consciousness where you consistently perform at peak aptitude.

In his most ambitious and practical book yet, Dr. Rosenthal shows how TM is more than a tool for destressing or for general wellness. It is a gateway to functioning physically, emotionally, and intellectually at levels we never knew we could attain. Written in his trademark style of restraint and intellectual carefulness, Super Mind explores how we can aspire to so much more than we ever thought possible.

World-Class Brain

By Harald S. Harung, PhD and Frederick Travis, PhD.

The brains of world-class performers are different from the brains of average performers. No surprise there. But what is surprising is that regardless of whether these top performers are athletes, musicians, or CEOs, their brains share one feature that makes them stand out: more integrated functioning. A world-class brain works in a more coherent, relaxed, wakeful, and efficient way.

World-Class Brain tells the story of these top performers and offers an easy-to-read introduction to the research demonstrating this enhanced brain functioning. This short book also describes other features that these top performers have in common, such as intensely happy and fulfilling peak experiences and a stronger moral sense.

This book also presents a study of individuals experiencing highly integrated brain functioning as a result of their long-term practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Notably, this experience includes a greatly expanded sense-of-self. In short, the book makes evident how anyone can experience a highly functioning brain as a result of regular meditation.