Transcendental Meditation opens the awareness to the infinite reservoir of energy, creativity, and intelligence that lies deep within everyone. Transcendental Meditation has success in reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing brain function, dramatically improving cardiovascular health.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is a very simple, natural and effortless way of letting your mind settle down into an extremely calm and wise state of rest. Best effects are produced with regular practice of two times twenty minutes a day. TM has been proven to significantly reduce stress and anxiety more effectively than any other meditation/ relaxation technique. Research confirms unique benefits for health and mental clarity.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness. The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi derived TM from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. He brought the technique to the U.S. in the 1960s. While meditating, the person practicing TM sits in a comfortable position with eyes closed and silently repeats a mantra. A mantra is a meaningless sound from the Vedic tradition that’s been assigned by a certified instructor.
Hundreds of scientific research studies have shown that practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique reduces stress, enhances brain functioning, increases intelligence and creativity, improves memory and learning ability, improves academic performance, improves health and well-being, develops the personality, improves interpersonal relationships, enhances athletic performance, and promotes inner peace.
Completely effortless: TM does not involve controlling the mind, or trying to concentrate, or trying to be mindful (ie watching our thoughts). Nor does it involve emptying the mind. Scientific research in the field of meditation is an ongoing process.
Scientifically proven benefits: Improved heart health; Sharper, clearer mind; Relief from stress and anxiety; Inner peace. Doing TM regularly will make your mind-body system naturally calm and wise. True meditation is easy. Anyone can learn it, it’s enjoyable, natural and very effective. Most people think that meditation involves some kind of mind control, forcing the mind to be quiet through some kind of concentration. Concentration goes against the nature of the mind, and is hardly enjoyable. TM however is extremely easy and pleasant.
Transcendental Meditation and addictions: Treating and preventing alcohol, nicotine, and drug abuse. Reduced trauma symptoms and perceived stress in male prison inmates. Reduced symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by reducing stress and anxiety.
According to supporters of TM, when meditating, the ordinary thinking process is “transcended.” It’s replaced by a state of pure consciousness. In this state, the meditator achieves perfect stillness, rest, stability, order, and a complete absence of mental boundaries. Some studies have found that regular meditation can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Transcendental Meditation is not a religion or philosophy. And it does not require any lifestyle changes. TM is practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.
The TM technique allows the mind to effortlessly settle inward and arrive at the source of thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness. “Transcendental” means “going beyond,” in this case referring to going beyond thought. Transcendental consciousness is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness; it is your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest. TM creates coherence in the functioning of the brain, which carries over into daily life, increasing calm, focus, comprehension, and creativity. TM provides deep rest and even helps with chronic conditions such as depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure. When large groups of people are meditating, quality of life is shown to improve in the entire population.
TM is now following the path of yoga — another import from India, once marginalized as a trifle for tempeh enthusiasts—into the mainstream. You simply allocate twenty minutes of quiet time and use a mantra to liberate your mind from conscious thought and trigger the meditation. Mantras work, in theory, because they are essentially meaningless word sounds. One is chosen for you by your teacher from a library of dozens that go back to TM’s ancient Vedic origins. Once a mantra is given, it is never shared under any circumstances. The mechanics beyond the mantra are not complicated, but like that magical sound, they’re not to be shared. Students of TM actually sign a paper stating that what transpires between teacher and student is to be kept secret.
Mindfulness helps thousands of people every day; people with depression and eating disorders and addiction problems. Mindfulness requires self-observation, and self-observation is exhausting. You have to sit and pay attention to everything. How you’re breathing, what your posture’s like, what you’re thinking about, why you’re thinking about it, what to do because you’re thinking about whatever you’re thinking.
Natural and easy, TM practice brings deep, restorative rest to the mind and body. This healing — more than relaxation or sleep — allows deep stress to wash away, improving mental, physical and emotional health and well-being. Activate your own inner healing power!
Meditation is becoming more and more popular to manage stress, but the true experience of transcending has a far more profound effect than just relaxation. Unfortunately, the knowledge of how to easily transcend had been lost to the world until recently. The ancient texts from the oldest tradition of knowledge describe transcending as the highest human experience, essential for our full human development. When the mind transcends the finest impulse of thought, it comes into a state of complete inner silence. This happens in a completely natural and effortless way.
The experience of transcending can be achieved only in a completely natural and effortless way. It is an experience of complete, inner silence; that can not be achieved by trying to be quiet. The more you try, the more it keeps the mind active. This is why most current meditation methods that require concentration have little effect.
It is unclear what actually happens to the body and mind during transcendental meditation. Research continues, but so far there is only experiential rather than scientific evidence for transcendental meditation’s benefits. This is not to say that transcendental meditation has no effects, only that Western medicine does not have a way to measure them. Transcendental meditation is an inherently spiritual practice, and it depends on the metaphysical world. Scientific method depends upon the physical or natural world, and it is not surprising that it is ineffective in studying the metaphysical or supernatural world.
TM can slash your risk for heart disease and stroke: practicing Transcendental Meditation can lower blood pressure and your risk for heart attack and stroke. It could also cut your risk for Alzheimer’s Disease by strengthening the communication between different parts of your brain.
TM can help you lose weight: by decreasing your stress levels, you won’t be as tempted to stress eat—and your body wont produce as much cortisol, which makes it tougher to shed pounds. But Transcendental Meditation also helps mitigate your food cravings, since it helps to balance your mental and physical state.
Many research studies have been conducted on Transcendental Meditation at more than 200 universities and research centers (including Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford). Over 330 of these studies have been published in over 100 peer-reviewed journals and have shown that regular TM practice leads to a wide range of personal benefits—decreased anxiety and depression, reduced high blood pressure, decreased illness, longer lifespan, improved memory and clearer thinking, and more harmonious relationships.