ASHLEY DEANS | STEFANIA SEONI
S: What is spirituality for you?
D: Spirituality is living 200% of life; 100% outer success in the material world and 100% inner fulfillment. From a neuroscience point of view a spiritual person is someone who has a fully integrated brain, including the prefrontal cortex responsible for moral reasoning, impulse control, judgement, planning and sense of self. If the prefrontal cortex is not integrated with the more primitive animalistic parts of the brain (the brain stem and basal ganglia), then the human being could behave inhumanely. So from this neurological perspective, the difference between a saint (who does good for himself and others) and a sinner (who does things that hurt himself and others) boils down to how integrated is the functioning of the brain. Transcending, which is easy to achieve with Transcendental Meditation, develops integrated brain functioning, resulting in spontaneously more life supporting, harmonious, and useful behaviour. We see this in schools all the time; when Transcendental Meditation is introduced into the curriculum, students who were misbehaving become more respectful and more considerate to others; they begin to behave more responsibly and grow more and more into ideal citizens—citizens who can fulfill their own interests and promote the interests of the community simultaneously.
The David Lynch Foundation is also sponsoring programs in prisons where research shows that recidivism rates are significantly lower amongst prisoners who have learned Transcendental Meditation while in prison compared to control groups.
So now we don’t have to leave spirituality to chance; anyone can grow in spirituality and live the highest ideals of life, no matter what culture, religion, language group, or ethnic origin they happen to be.