What is Transcendental Meditation?
The Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is a simple, effortless mental technique which is easy to learn and practice.
TM is a natural and effective way for you to be more focussed, calm, rested and healthy, fulfilling the full potential of your mind and body. Learn more
Watch our free online TM introductory talk
Free Introductory Talks in Sydney:
About the founder
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought TM from the Himalayas to the west in 1958. Since then over 6 million people have learned the technique all around the world.
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.”
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."
Transcendental meditation is a simple, natural technique... This form of meditation allows your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration or effort."
What can TM do for me?
It can make your life more fulfilling and balanced. Many people mention this enjoyable and easy to practice technique has a transforming effect — they report major benefits in improving concentration and clarity and reducing stress and anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia and hypertension.
Chronic stress is harmful to health, happiness, creativity and productivity. Over 380 published research studies on the TM technique show its effectiveness for alleviating stress and stress-related conditions, enhancing clarity of thinking, and more.
What happens when you meditate?
The TM technique allows your active thinking mind to automatically settle to quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness — pure consciousness. This effortless settling of the active mind is called transcending. This is unique to TM.
The introductory video on this page provides a clear description of what happens during the TM practice.
What if I’m not good at controlling my mind?
No problem. Unlike other forms of meditation, the TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no contemplation, no monitoring of thoughts and no controlling the breath.
Anyone can do it — children from a very young age to adults of any age can learn TM. It’s that simple.
What if I’m skeptical?
Being skeptical is fine. Fortunately, no belief or change in beliefs is required to learn and practice TM – and gain all the benefits. In fact, you can be 100% skeptical and the TM technique will work just fine for you.
Can I learn TM from a book or video?
The TM technique is unique among forms of meditation. It’s natural and effortless, but requires personal instruction to learn.
It’s taught only through one on one instruction by an accredited TM teacher, thus ensuring correctness of practice and verification so you can grow in confidence that you’re proceeding along correctly.
There is no other way to learn the authentic TM technique — and there is no evidence that anything else provides the full range of benefits documented in the published research on the TM technique.
What is the TM technique’s value in daily life?
Extensive peer-reviewed published research on the TM technique has found a wide range of wellness benefits including:
- greater inner calm throughout the day
- reduced cortisol (the “stress hormone”)
- normalized blood pressure
- reduced insomnia
- lower risk of heart attack and stroke
- reduced anxiety and depression
- improved brain function and memory
- reduced alcohol, cigarette and illicit drug use
- improved vitality, dynamism and effectiveness
- younger biological age
Our Sydney Transcendental Meditation Centre is conveniently located just down the street from Wynyard Station.
Level 2, 65 York St
Phone: 9279 2721