What is TM?
Transcendental Meditation, or short TM, which has been made widely available in the world by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is a simple and natural mental technique practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed.
It is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice. TM allows the conscious mind in a completely natural way to experience more quiet levels of our awareness and ultimately to transcend, which means to go beyond even the finest impulse of thinking, and experience pure consciousness, the source of thought which is a field of infinite creativity and intelligence.
In this state of ‘restful alertness’ the mind is deeply settled and relaxed, yet wide-awake, and the brain functions with increased coherence. By gaining this profound level of rest, which is about twice as deep as the rest which we usually experience during deep sleep, deep-rooted stresses and strains are being dissolved and both, mind and body are refreshed and replenished, resulting in greater energy, clarity and enjoyment of life. The beneficial effects gained from the TM practice can be felt throughout the entire day.
Many people report that the extra energy and clarity gained from practicing Transcendental Meditation effectively saves them time. The long-term benefits of regular practice of Transcendental Meditation are cumulative, but new practitioners of TM often notice that they look and feel better almost immediately and also that their health improves, and they are enjoying more harmonious relations with others and more success in day-to-day life.
TM is so simple and effortless that already children from the age of 4 can learn the technique. Transcendental Meditation is suitable for people from all walks of life. Practicing TM does not require a special way of living nor does one have to follow a particular ideology or religious belief. More than six million people from all cultural traditions, religions, and social backgrounds all over the world are practicing Transcendental Meditation.
By allowing mind and body to access the source of nature’s intelligence deep within, TM can bring about marked improvements in every aspect of life – mind, body, behavior, and society.
Here some of the practical benefits of practicing TM:
- gaining inner peace
- significantly reducing stress and tension
- improving health and well-being
- reducing anxiety
- developing higher states of consciousness
Scientific Research on Transcendental Meditation
More than 380 peer-reviewed studies have verified the physiological and psychological benefits of Transcendental Meditation for reducing stress and stress-related disorders, including hypertension, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, while increasing creativity, energy, and focus. The scientific research on Transcendental Meditation is the largest and strongest body of research in the world on any program to develop human potential. Scientific research papers on the TM program have been published in over 100 of the world’s leading scientific journals, proving benefits in every aspect of life.
For an overview on the scientific research on TM, please click here.
The National Institutes of Health in the United States have already granted more than 24 million USD to study the effect of Transcendental Meditation for the prevention and treatment of heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.
This research has so far reported:
- reduced risk factors for hypertension, diabetes, and obesity (published in ‘American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine’)
- increased lifespan (published in ‘American Journal of Cardiology’)
- reduced thickening of coronary arteries (published in ‘American Heart Association’s Stroke’)
- reduced blood pressure in comparison with other procedures (published in ‘Ethnicity & Disease’)
- reduced heart failure (published in ‘Ethnicity & Disease’)
- reduced use of hypertensive medication (published in ‘American Journal of Hypertension’)
- improved brain response to stress and pain (published in ‘NeuroReport’)
Transcendental Meditation is unique. It is fundamentally different from all other systems of meditation and relaxation. A study on brain activity during meditation, published in the journal ‘Consciousness and Cognition’, identifies three fundamental categories of meditation: focused attention, open monitoring or mindfulness, and automatic self-transcending – a new category introduced by the authors to describe Transcendental Meditation. The ability to transcend makes Transcendental Meditation fundamentally different from all other forms of meditation. Other procedures involve either concentration (by controlling the mind or attention) or contemplation (an active thought process of some kind). As a result, other types of meditation keep the mind active which impedes the transcending process.
To use an analogy, the mind is like the ocean – constantly in motion on the surface, but silent and immensely powerful at its depths. Transcendental Meditation involves settling without any effort to the silent depths of the ocean – becoming recharged by that unbounded state of pure consciousness. As the mind quietens down, one’s breathing becomes very soft and one’s muscles deeply relaxed. The mind settles inward, beyond thought, to the most silent, peaceful level of consciousness – one’s innermost Self. To transcend means to go beyond. When the mind has gone beyond all activity, this is an experience of the inner Self which is deep peace and complete silence, Transcendental Consciousness.
“It is possible for everyone to go deep within and saturate their mind with inner happiness, with that unlimited pure intelligence that dwells at the source of thought.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Transcendental Meditation originates from the ancient Vedic tradition of knowledge which has its roots in the Indian part of the Himalayas. In 1958 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi started teaching TM in all parts of the world as the practical aspect of his Vedic Science and Technology. Its main focus lies on research in the field of consciousness and on the development of higher states of consciousness – the enfoldment of our full spiritual potential.
Summary of the benefits of Transcendental Meditation
- TM is more effective than all the other methods of relaxation – TM neither involves concentration nor contemplation but allows the human mind in a most natural way to dive into the silent layers of our awareness and to go beyond (‘transcend’) mental activity. In this way, the physiology gains a level of rest which is about twice as deep as during deep sleep.
- TM is the most scientifically researched method of relaxation and method for self-development – the beneficial effects on all areas of life have been validated by more than 380 peer-reviewed studies over the past 45 years.
- TM is authentic and systematic – TM has its roots in the ancient Vedic tradition of knowledge and has been preserved over countless generations in its purity and effectiveness. The TM technique is being taught in all parts of the world in the same systematic way by certified TM Teachers.
- TM is not bound to any ideology – TM is a simple mental procedure which is based on natural principles of the human mind and is practiced with great success by people from all countries, cultures, religions, and social backgrounds.
- TM can be easy learnt and practiced by everyone – there are no prerequisites in regard to knowledge and experience. TM does not involve any concentration or thought control. Transcendental Meditation is a totally simple, effortless, and innocent procedure.
For more information on how to learn Transcendental Meditation, please click here.