Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness. The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi derived TM, fondly known as the giggling guru, from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. He brought the technique to the U.S. in the 1960s. Research evidence shows that transcendental meditation reduces anxiety, hypertension, and significantly improves cardiovascular health. Other benefits include improved brain function, lower levels of cortisol (the “stress hormone”), and a spark in creativity. No matter who you are or what you do, transcendental meditation can be a powerful tool to enjoy life more deeply. While meditating, the person practicing TM sits in a comfortable position with eyes closed and silently repeats a mantra. A mantra is a word or sound from the Vedic tradition that is used to focus your concentration. According to supporters of TM, when meditating, the ordinary thinking process is “transcended.” It’s replaced by a state of pure consciousness. In this state, the meditator achieves perfect stillness, rest, stability, order, and a complete absence of mental boundaries. Some studies have found that regular meditation can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and the use of health care services. Meditation, both TM and other forms, is generally safe and may improve a person's quality of life. But experts agree that meditation shouldn't be used as a single treatment for any particular health condition, or instead of conventional medical care. Transcendental Meditation: Meditation for Stress The transcendental meditation technique requires a seven-step course of instruction from a certified teacher. to ensure you receive personal guidance and proper, effective instruction TM technique. A TM teacher presents general information about the technique and its effects during a 60-minute introductory lecture. That’s followed by a second 45-minute lecture in which more specific information is given. People interested in learning the technique then attend a 10- to 15-minute interview and 1 to 2 hours of personal instruction. Following a brief ceremony, they're each given a mantra, which they're supposed to keep confidential. The technique doesn’t involve religion, belief, or a change in lifestyle. It doesn’t require you to control your thoughts, and it has nothing to do with mindfulness. It is simply a mental practice which allows the thinking mind to transcend to a state of restful alertness. During meditation, your body enters into a deep state of rest, while your brain functions at a higher level. It’s a very different type of rest than sleep; it’s deeply healing and rejuvenating. It’s like a power nap without the groggy feeling. It’s often is practiced for twenty minutes twice a day, typically in the morning and evening (this is variable depending on your rhythms). How To Do Transcendental Meditation To find a certified teacher near you, enter your zip code for a list of transcendental meditation centers and teachers in your area. You can start your journey by attending a free introductory talk or reading about it to learn more and assess if it feels right for you. This provides you the opportunity to speak with a teacher and ask any questions you have. TM teaching evolved from an overtly religious one; admitting the mantras (word used to meditate upon) are "personal gods" with the practice called "Spiritual Sadhana," "Deep Meditation," or the trademarked brand "Transcendental Meditation Program." Although TM publicly denies its religious nature, the U.S. Court of Appeals declared TM to be a religion and not suitable for the public schools. The original TM incorporation in the U.S. was as a religious entity. Maharishi teaches that God will not listen to your prayers without TM. TM is now marketed under many front groups and names such as: Corporate Development Program, Science of Creative Intelligence, Technology of the Unified Field Maharishi Ayur-Veda health program/centres. Be aware involvement in TM is not cheap. Organized as a non-profit educational organization, the TM movement is valued between $2 and $3 BILLION dollars. Initiation starts at $390 [now $1000 -ed], followed by advanced mantras at $390, health mantras at $700, psycho physiological techniques at $700, herbs for $1000 per year,
Cleansing programs from $2700 - $6600, such as Yagyas (religious ceremonies performed to solicit the aid of one or more Hindu deities), Jyotish (Hindu astrology TM-style), Ayur-Veda prescribed gems, Maharishi school and university education, and more. To pursue TM to its end can cost over $10,000 per year.
Michael J Robey
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