Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Dr Pamela Peeke, speaks about her experience learning about Transcendental Meditation at the recent David Lynch Foundation forum – Healing and Empowering Women.
Dr. Pamela Peeke: "It's a great honour to be here. I want to thank Bob Roth and the David Lynch Foundation for their extraordinary work to say the least. But most importantly it's a miracle. Because I can meditate.
Now, I am a type AAAAAAA personality. I make Soledad look hypothyroid. I'm the best thing that ever happened to TM because if I can do it, anybody can do it.
That became the joke back in Washington DC when my wonderful colleague Dr. Norman Rosenthal – a fellow scientist at the National Institutes of Health – and I had gotten together about three years ago and he told me he was writing another book and I said, "Gee another one on Seasonal Affective Disorder? Rock on, sounds really cool." And he said, "No, this is different it's called 'Transcendence.'" I said, "You've lost your mind. What are you doing?" and he said, "You have to try Transcendental Meditation," I said, "Really? I have to schedule breathing right now... stay still?"
So I thought that was it until about a year and some change ago when Norm circled back with the galley of his book. And as authors we usually exchange quotes, so he said, "Read the galley and give me a really juicey quote," and I said, "Alright." And then I cursed him because I couldn't put the galley down it was that good. Why? I'm a scientist. I'm a physician and a scientist, I've dedicated my life to good science and this was just wall to wall the most profound science finally showing that there is a very strong connection between what happens in Transcendental Meditation specifically and a number of disorders that we all know from depression to PTSD and ADD... it just goes on and on...."