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Transcendental Meditation and Adolescent Brain Development


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St. Louis/Brentwood TM Center
2025 S. Brentwood, Suite 201 • St. Louis, MO 63144
Center: (314) 324-7974 • Cell: (641) 919-3296 • mblitz@tm.org
Special Guest Speaker:
 William Stixrud, Phd.
(via video conference call)
 Sunday, February 28
Group Meditation & Advanced Lecture
(free as part of ongoing followup program)
Group Meditation (3:30 PM)
Advanced Lecture & Discussion (4:00-5:30 PM)

Transcendental Meditation and
Adolescent Brain Development

We are extraordinarily fortunate to have an opportunity to meet with Willam Stixrud, PhD., an eminent clinical neuropsychologist & researcher, member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC [full bio below]. He is an expert on problems affecting adolescent learning and psychological health—and often successfully uses TM as an antidote to those problems. His patient waiting list is often 18 months long.Dr. Stixrud will be discussing with us the profound effects of TM on adolescent brain development. He is an engaging speaker whose playful, open speaking style makes it easy to learn from him and interact with him. If you have children, you will gain valuable insights that will affect your parenting for many years. This is a rare opportunity to meet with one of the most sought after neuropsychologists in the country.

To prepare for this meeting, we strongly suggest that you watch this 20-minute YouTube video of Dr. Stixrud <http://ow.ly/YiZPp before attending our Feb. 28meeting, It will be an excellent and helpful introduction and enable you to participate more fully with Dr. Stixrud.

Dr. Stixrud explains how TM can prevent and solve the pervasive mental and emotional problems affecting so many adolescents worldwide. He makes it easy to see why David Lynch Foundation “Quiet Time” programs in at-risk schools have been so uniquely and remarkably successful.

If you have children between the ages of 7 and 25, you will find this discussion provides profound and invaluable insight into your child’s brain development and its corresponding psychology. We’ll also gain a clearer understanding of TM’s influence on our adult brains.

If your children are interested in learning how their brains are developing and how that development affects their mental & emotional development, encourage them to watch the video. This will prepare them for meeting with Dr. Stixrud. Though some of his presentation is technical in nature, he is accustomed to speaking with children, and yours will enjoy hearing him.If your children are practicing TM, they are welcome to attend the group meditation at3:30 PM and stay for the talk. If they haven’t started TM, they are welcome, but they should arrive at 4:00 PM.

Please RSVP as soon as possible. Space is limited. We have rented a larger meeting room in the TM Center’s building, but it only holds 25 people. mblitz@tm.org
About our speaker
 William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and director of the Stixrud Group.  He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine.  He has previously held an appointment at the Georgetown University Medical School, and he has served as a consultant to the Division of Neuropsychology at the National Institutes of Health.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Stixrud has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists.  He is also a frequent lecturer on topics related to neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders, brain development, brain-based learning, motivation, and the effects of stress and sleep deprivation on the brain.  He is the author of a book, Plain Talk about Early Education and Development, and he has authored book chapters and/or articles on children with epilepsy, adolescent brain development, self-esteem, homework, and the effects of Transcendental Meditation on students with ADHD.  Dr. Stixrud has been quoted often in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Barron’s, and Vogue.

Dr. Stixrud holds a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  He did his pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric and Clinical Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, as a fellow of the Harvard Medical School, and he received his post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Tufts New England Medical Center. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Stixrud worked as a staff neuropsychologist at the Children’s National Medical Center and the Georgetown University Medical School.

Regular TM Center programs
Weekly Group Meditations/Advanced Lectures Every Thursday night (6:00 PMgroup meditation/6:30 PM advanced lecture). Once a month we will have a potluck dinner after the Thursday advanced lecture.
Weekly Introductory TM lectures for friends, family members, and the general public are now held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM.
Our March Sunday Advanced Lecture [last Sunday of the month] will be on Sunday, March 28 at 3:30 PM. Dr. Fred Travis, Maharishi University of Management Professor of Neurophysiology, will be our guest speaker via Skype.

Mark you calendar

TM Weekend Retreats will be offered in the silent setting of the Villa Maria Retreat Center in Springfield, IL on the following dates:
April 1-3, 2016
July 29-31, 2016
October 14-16, 2016

Remember that these wonderful courses fill up quickly. Plan ahead to attend one (or more) of these weekend retreats. Contact Michael or sign up athttps://www.tmretreats.org/course/379 for the April course.Do not be concerned about signing up early and having to cancel later on; as long as you cancel before the last week, your fee will be fully refunded. If you cancel with less than a week’s notice, your fee will be refunded 50%, and 100% if we are able to fill your space.

TM Advanced Technique Course, April 15-17
The Advanced Technique teachers will be returning to St. Louis on Friday, April 15. Learning a TM Advanced Technique can greatly increase the pace of growth you have already been experiencing with your twice daily TM. More details about this course will be sent in future announcements. Contact Michael if you are interested or have questions.How do Advanced Techniques build on our TM experience?
Advanced Techniques help the mind to become more established in quieter levels of thinking, thus developing more refined perception and accelerating the growth of higher states of consciousness. These techniques simultaneously make the mind more sensitive and more powerful, bringing about greater achievement and fulfillment in life.

Personal Checking of your TM Experience
— by appointment (30 minutes)
Give your meditation a tune-up. Personal checking is always available by appointment. It is free and part of the ongoing followup program that comes with learning TM. If you have questions or doubts about your TM practice, please call or e-mail us to schedule a convenient time for an appointment. If you wish to meet with a particular teacher, we will gladly arrange that.
We hope that we will see you soon at the center.Best wishes,Michael Blitz, Donna Warwick, Raivo Ratsep,
Elaine and Charles Dockins, Eugene Leicht
Certified Teachers
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