Transcendental Meditation

By: 
Mark Heath

what is transcendental meditation - different from mindfulnessTranscendental Meditation is a simple, natural technique which allows your body to settle into a state of profound rest and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort. It takes just 15 to 20 minutes twice a day.

What are the benefits of meditation?

The most profound benefits are found in reduction of stress and anxiety, increased clarity and calmness of mind, improved ability to focus, greater energy and optimism, and significant reductions in the symptoms of psychosomatic illness – PTSD, ADHD, hypertension, depression.

Transcendental Meditation has been learnt by 7 million people worldwide and is backed up by over 350 peer reviewed scientific studies.  

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What does it take to meditate?

All you need is somewhere to sit. The practice is eyes closed and silent. So you can meditate on the train, the bus, anywhere.

TM is very easy. No hard work required! No need to sit cross-legged, focus on a candle, or be a vegetarian! All you need is to be able to think.

Transcendental Meditation is significantly different from most types of meditation. It doesn’t involve focusing on the breath, or the body, or chanting. It is not mindfulness either. Instead, it encourages and promotes a restful state of mind beyond thinking. The experience feels like innocently coming home to your own deepest, quietest, most restful, calm state. Perhaps its greatest benefit is that it’s relatively quick to learn and easy to master. No waiting weeks or months before you see results: TM cuts right to the chase, taking only days – or for some, minutes – before one feels reprieve from their painful and overwhelming thoughts.

The history of Transcendental Meditation in the West

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced TM to the West more than 50 years ago. It comes from the ancient Vedic tradition of India but is not religious in any way. No faith is required; no devotion, prayer, belief or change in lifestyle. Even the most hardened cynic could meditate.

TM became a household name in the 1960s and 1970s when the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys were all associated with it. In the past 10 years there has been a resurgence in popularity of the technique, driven mainly by the activities of the David Lynch Foundation which has been responsible for supporting the teaching of TM to more than 250,000 school pupils in America. A plethora of well known actors, musicians, directors and business people have been happy to be involved, having recognized the benefits in their own lives. Katy Perry, Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carey, Russell Brand, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood, Heather Graham, and Jennifer Aniston – to name but a few!

 

 

 

Published by Hove StressBusters
October 2015