Transcendental Meditation is so easy that anyone can do it. It's the only completely effortless meditation - yet it eliminates accumulated stress more effectively than any other practice, right from first instruction.
This simple mental technique - practised for 20 minutes morning and evening sitting comfortably with eyes closed - gives a unique state of rest that is deeper and more refreshing than night sleep.
There's no thought-control or mind-watching. It goes all by itself. Effortless. Natural. And scientifically validated.
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Over 600 studies, published in leading scientific journals, have verified the unique benefits of Transcendental Meditation. They include slower biological ageing and higher intelligence.
During TM, mental activity automatically settles down to a state of "restful alertness" that is physically deeper than deep sleep while the mind remains alert.
TM has been shown to be the quickest, easiest and most effective way of eliminating the accumulated stresses that hinder realization of full creative potential.
The fundamental difference between Transcendental Meditation and other systems is that TM, being effortless, is conducted by nature and not we ourselves. No trying. No concentration. No need to change beliefs or lifestyle. You don't even need to believe it will work.
Effective from first instruiction. It's that easy. Even during the first meditation, frontal-lobe brainwave coherence of around 95 per cdent is spontaneously generated. Brainwave coherence - harmonious interaction between brainwaves from different areas of the brain - is the pre-requisite for maximum achievement, fulfilment and happiness. It's the ultimate human resource.
Most people's brains have 20-50 per cent coherence in the all-important frontal region - the brain's executive director. Regular practitioners of TM have 50-70 per cent. With regular, twice-daily meditation, more and more brainwave coherence persists into the waking state - even from a low start! It's a cumulative effect.
This high coherence is unique in the medical literature. Research has revealed that during TM brainwaves from the brain stem - the old brain - are automatically drawn towards the frontal lobes - the new brain. Evolution on the move. Result: an increasingly joined-up, coherent brain. Everyone should have one.
The idea is not to control the mind during meditation, but to satisfy it. Transcendental Meditation satisfies the mind's natural tendency to transcend busy surface thinking and settle to a uniquely coherent state of restful alertness that is more refreshing than deep sleep. It is in this quiet, orderly state that accumulated stress - trauma - is automatically eliminated.
During Transcendental Meditation, transcending occurs spontaneously. Without effort on our part. Nature does it, not we ourselves.
The three relative states of consciousness - waking, dreaming and sleeping - are nourished and upheld bythe fourth state, transcendental consciousness. Lack of regular experience of the fourth state - the ground state of human consciousness - is at the root of individual and social stress. Life confined to waking, dreaming and sleeping cannot cope with the rapid pace of change in everyday life. Life becomes a struggle.
The direct experience of Transcendental Meditation is blissful. On the other hand, trying to transcend or just thinking about it is ineffective and frustrating. Transcendental Meditation is the most easily learned meditation because it is the only one that is completely effortless - that is, completely natural. Anyone and everyone can do it.
During transcending, not only do brainwave patterns reach a uniquely high degree of coherence, but oxygen consumption decreases to a level significantly below that of deep sleep, arteries expand and toxins dissolve. A peaceful, integrated, energy-efficient state is experienced. It happens all by itself. It cannot be achieved by trying.
The benefits of Transcendental Meditation accumulate with regular practice. They include:
- Realization of full creative potential
- Experience of inner peace
- Ability to achieve more with less effort
- Greater enjoyment of life
Click on Aren't All Meditations the Same? to find out why Transcendental Meditation is the only completely natural meditation, fundamentally different in principles and practice from all other meditations.
Proven benefits unique to Transcendental Meditation include:
- Higher intelligence
- Slower ageing
Two conditions that can be expected to get significantly better within days of learning TM:
Transcendental Meditation does NOT involve:
- Thought-control or mind-watching
- Trying to empty the mind
- Trying to relax or sit still.
Click on Latest News for recent research showing how the Transcendental Meditation technique can be distinguished from all other systems - which teach either "focused attention" or "open monitoring". None of these is effortless. None allows the mind to fulfil its natural tendency to transcend. None gives the benefits that Transcendental Meditation gives.
JOHN WINDSOR, Derbyshire Transcendental Meditation Chairman, has been a qualified teacher of TM for 37 years. A Cambridge MA, he was a staff reporter on The Guardian before studying for two years with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who brought Transcendental Meditation to the West in 1957.
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