Transcendental meditation refers to an actual method that you can easily practice in the comfort of your own home. Transcendental is often used in conjunction with some organizations, in the context of this podcast we are referring to the method.
Transcendental meditation is one that should be practiced twice daily, for twenty minutes at a time. It is best done when in a sitting position with your eyes closed. It is a widely used method for anyone wishing to improve or self-develop any aspect of their life.
Instead, you slow your thinking down and start to become aware of your body and your mind. This is known as finding your inner self. When you can get your body into the correct state you will find that you are more aware, your body begins to relax and rest more, and that your brain works more sharply.
Meditation works when you allow your mind to stop racing and thinking different thoughts.
Transcendental meditation is extremely popular and is practiced by approximately 5 million people around the world.
This method of meditating is known as a natural method and is used across all age groups, cultures, and religions.
Due to its popularity, there have been over 350 research studies done on this method of meditation. Even medical schools such as Stanford and Harvard have conducted studies.
While this method of meditation may be new to many people, it actually stems from an ancient Indian method or tradition known as Vedic. This tradition was handed down over the years and was recently introduced as the Transcendental method by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, about 50 years ago.
The instructors and teachers that teach this method today, still use the same procedures and principles that were used thousands of years ago.
This method is very simple to implement as it requires no major use of concentrating, as other meditation methods do.
The only effort that is required is for you to find a comfortable sitting position in a chair. The process involves you transcending into a state of natural awareness. While your body becomes restful, your mind stays alert. This state is a natural response, which is why it is so easy for people to achieve.
The Benefits of Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental meditation is a meditation technique that was created in the 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and became popular when The Beatles and other rock stars in the 1960s became interested in it.
TM is taught only by a small number of teachers and can be very expensive to learn, but has gained considerable attention due to the number of studies that have revealed all of the health benefits of meditation, including this form of meditation.
What is meditation?
Meditation is training that creates a calm peaceful mind. The goal is to go beyond or transcend, conceptual, conscious thought, in order to relieve stress and relax.
How is Transcendental Meditation different from other forms of meditation?
Transcendental Meditation (TM) doesn’t focus on breathing or chanting or being mindful like other forms of meditation. Instead, it encourages a restful state of mind beyond thinking, in which you can relax and be at peace.
What health conditions can Transcendental Meditation help?
Studies have shown that meditation can help with a range of physical and mental health issues, including:
It reduces stress and has been used to treat gastrointestinal disorders. It can even help with insomnia, weight loss, and menopausal symptoms. It can benefit people of all ages, including children and adults suffering from
How to do TM meditation
This is not a free technique with lots of useful material online. An instructor is required, making TM less accessible than other forms of meditation. If you do want to commit $1000 or more to learn, you will be expected to meditate regularly and given particular practices by the teacher based on your own circumstances. Expect to devote at least an hour a day to learning and to meditation.
Transcendental Meditation may be the most common form of meditation, but it is actually practiced by a small minority in the meditation community compared to other forms of meditation, such as mindfulness meditation or Zen. The TM teachers do promise rapid results, but the same can be said of every form of meditation if you practice reducing your distractions and calming your mind every day.
If you’re interested in a less stressful life, better health and fitness, and personal transformation, it might be time to start a meditation practice. If you have never tried any form of meditation and would like to, transcendental meditation could be a great starting point for you.