1) Transcending = Gaining the Competitive Edge
Businesses are becoming increasingly aware that the most important capital of a company is their employees. Therefore the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique is becoming “capital investment” in business by helping develop the full potential of both managers and employees to gain a true sustainable competitive advantage.
Below we’ll explain in more detail how simply “transcending” and experiencing complete inner silence can help one outperform the competition:
1. Inner peace and happiness: decrease of stress hormones/increase of happiness hormones.
2. A profound state of rest: much deeper than ordinary relaxation, even deeper than sleep.
3. Holistic brain development: measurable through EEG brain wave coherence measurements.
4. Improved creativity & decision-making ability: the reason why so many business people are using to TM to excel in their field.
These effects together make the TM practice effective across all areas of life.
Ray Dalio, CEO of Bridgewater, the world’s largest and most successful hedge fund, recently told the press:
“Transcendental Meditation, more than any other factor, has been the reason for the success I’ve had.”
“I notice a difference from the moment I start to meditate. I can be stressed or tired and I will meditate and immediately I will get very rested and relaxed and the stress will flow off me. I’ll finish meditation feeling refreshed and centered, and that feeling will carry throughout the day. It’s a heck of a return on an investment of twenty minutes!
“I want to emphasize: TM is practical. Some people may think it’s exotic—that you light candles and burn incense. It’s not that—and it’s not some religion or dogma. It’s a practical tool that makes life go better.”
2) Transcending = Measurable Inner Happiness
Stress disturbs the normal functioning of the brain, causing, amongst other things, a decrease in the production of the “happiness hormone,” serotonin. A lack of serotonin influences not only our inner sense of happiness but is also associated with migraines, sleep disorders, anxiety, anger outbursts, Alzheimer’s, eating disorders, addictions and many others. One can try to influence serotonin artificially (as anti-depressants seem to do) but this only treats the symptoms, not the real problem.
The experience of transcending, on the other hand, activates the body’s own healing ability so that the brain can function normally. The result? A completely natural increase in serotonin production during the TM practice and, eventually, during the rest of the day. This has implications in all areas of life.
The video below shows an interview with Oliver’s Real Food who are located just north of Sydney off the M1 Freeway. As you’ll see, this candid 6 minute documentary shows why more and more businesses are turning to Transcendental Meditation as a tool for reducing stress and boosting workplace happiness.
What’s more is that hundreds of scientific studies, including more than $25 Milion on TM research in cooperation with the US National Institutes of Health, the biggest health research institute in the world, have confirmed the effects of transcending on our health. Below are findings from both the Cleveland Clinic and The American Heart Association.
“Transcendental Meditation doesn’t focus on breathing or chanting, like other forms of meditation. Instead, it encourages a restful state of mind beyond thinking… A 2009 study found Transcendental Meditation helped alleviate stress in college students, while another found it helped reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression and anger.”
According to both the Australian CSIRO and American Heart Association (AHA), the TM technique is the only meditation technique that has been shown to effectively reduce high blood pressure. AHA research shows that this lowers the risk of heart disease (by up to 48%) and is associated with substantially reduced rates of death, heart attack and stroke. Hypertension, 61:00, June 2013
3) Transcending = Deep Rest
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. We can’t try to make the mind silent, nor do we have to. With the right technique, the mind will go there by itself. When the mind transcends, the body spontaneously comes into a very deep state of relaxation as well, far deeper than that attained even in deep sleep.
This can be objectively measured by monitoring oxygen consumption. This graph on the left, from a Harvard Medical School research study, shows that, during TM, the body comes into a state of rest that is twice as deep as even the deepest rest during sleep. More than 30 studies around the world have confirmed this deep rest during TM practice.
This deep rest activates the inner healing power in our own bodies. Relaxation means relaxing tensions. The body has a completely natural way to remove tensions that it accumulates. This is what happens during sleep but the rest during sleep doesn’t always go deep enough to remove more deeply-rooted, traumatic stresses. Transcending gives a level of rest that can help dissolve those deeper rooted stresses while also allowing for better normal sleep. If you’re an insomniac then TM should be able to help.
4) Transcending = Measurable Brain Development
Transcending not only has an effect on our health, our well-being, our self-esteem and our relationships but it also influences brain development, even in adults, whose brains are supposed to already be fully developed. How can a simple experience affect the brain in a way that was previously hard to credit, such as increase IQ and creativity in adults etc? This requires a little more explanation.
But the effects themselves are clearly measurable, for example through EEG coherence.
Every time a part of our brain is active, the electrical activity can be measured through an electroencephalogram (EEG) and the results can be displayed as a waveform. Nowadays, one can send two of these waveforms from different parts of the brain to a computer and mathematically calculate the extent to which these waves are similar, or coherent. A high coherence means that these different parts of the brains work together as one whole.
Transcending is essentially the experience of unity. This is directly measurable in the brain. Here’s a video where you can see how EEG coherence rises to a maximum during the TM practice in real-time.
The more we have this experience of high EEG coherence, the more our brains get used to optimal functioning. As a consequence, EEG coherence outside of the TM practice rises also. A higher EEG coherence is associated with higher IQ, more creativity, more emotional stability, better reflexes, and more ethical thinking, etc..
5) How can I learn to transcend?
Real meditation is effortless and pleasant to do, it can be learned by anyone, and gives immediate results.
The experience of transcending can be achieved only in a completely natural and effortless way. It is an experience of complete, inner silence that cannot be achieved by trying to be quiet. The more we try, the more we keep the mind active. Trying to relax is a contradiction in terms. That is why most “meditation” methods that require concentration have limited effect.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught individually, by a professionally trained teacher who is able to lead a person, in a completely natural way, to the experience of transcending.
If one has had this experience once, then the mind remembers it and, afterwards, it can go back there spontaneously, in a totally natural and effortless way, provided that one uses the correct technique. This technique is taught step by step, during four consecutive meetings. This initial training course is followed by a extensive program of follow-up meetings to ensure continued correct practice.
6) Do you have 1 hour to discover how everything can change?
The first step to learning Transcendental Meditation is to simply attend a free 1 hour introductory talk at our centre on York St in the CBD. Please fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you with our schedule of upcoming talks.