What is Transcendental Meditation?
The Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is a simple, effortless technique for improving all areas of life. TM is practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.
During the practice of Transcendental Meditation, the mind settles down to a state of “pure consciousness,” where it is silent, yet fully alert. As the mind settles, the body simultaneously gains very deep rest and relaxation.
Transcendental Meditation is Unique
Transcendental Meditation is unique in its effortlessness. It doesn’t involve any concentration or control of the mind. As a result, the relaxation one enjoys during TM is far deeper than that seen with other meditation or relaxation techniques.
Brain wave coherence (EEG) observed during the practice of TM can produce a range of benefits including improved memory, problem solving and decision making abilities, creativity, moral reasoning and academic performance.
Over four million people around the world have learnt Transcendental Meditation and hundreds of scientific studies documenting its benefits have been undertaken by leading universities and scientific research institutions around the globe.
Regular practice eliminates accumulated mental stress and fatigue leading to reduced anxiety, depression, insomnia, alcohol and drug abuse and other stress-related disorders. The deep physical rest gained during TM has been scientifically proven to reduce high blood pressure, strengthen the heart and improve overall health. TM meditators commonly report improvements in mental clarity, happiness and creativity.
Where does Transcendental Meditation come from?
Transcendental Meditation originates from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who came from this tradition, introduced the TM program to the west over 50 years ago. Maharishi systematised its instruction and trained over 40,000 teachers of this program worldwide.