Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a very easy to learn, natural and enjoyable mental technique of deep relaxation and rest practised for 15-20 minutes in the morning and evening.
It gives deep rest to the mind and body, releases mental and physical stress, and allows you to use more of your potential. It dissolves stress and fatigue, promoting inner happiness, better health, and increased creativity and intelligence, allowing the enjoyment of dynamic activity during the day and refreshing sleep at night.
TM is the most popular and effective technique of meditation or relaxation available. It is increasingly recommended by doctors and health professionals. It simply utilises the natural tendency of the mind to settle down and experience the least excited state of consciousness, giving deep relaxation and rest.
During TM the slow alpha frequency power in the frontal cortex increases indicating a state of restful alertness.
However, TM is not bio-feedback or alpha-wave control. Firstly, TM is completely effortless, with changes in the body and mind occurring spontaneously. Secondly,TM produces more than one specific change, such as more alpha waves. The deep rest and alertness is an integrated physiological response including a whole pattern of brainwave activity. As measured on the electroencephalograph (EEG) machine, TM produces brainwave coherence in all frequencies, indicating the brain is working in a more orderly and co-ordinated way.
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These have shown that the TM program benefits all areas of an individual's life - mind, body, behavior and environment.
The research findings include:
The findings indicate that TM, on average, can reduce the biological age of a person by 5 to 12 years, as well as significantly reducing the incidence of illness and risk of heart disease. Studies also show that TM is found to result in warmer interpersonal relationships, less anxiety, increased self-esteem and self-confidence, increased problem-solving ability and greater creativity.
This research has been published in such major scientific journals as Science, the American Journal of Physiology, Scientific American, Lancet, the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the International Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, the British Journal of Educational Psychology, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
TM comes from from the ancient Vedic tradition - a universal system of knowledge preserved for many generations by a long line of teachers.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the latest in this tradition is now regarded as one of the world's foremost teacher in the field of consciousness. Many academic institutions have recognised the importance of his contribution to the development of human potential.
At present TM is growing at a rate faster than at any other time in its history. There is a great upsurge in interest, particularly among doctors who recognise it as a simple and effective antidote to stress. Scientific research on TM has been conducted at 215 independent universities and research institutes. TM is taught in schools, in prisons, to the military and police forces in many countries around the world.
In fact, it does make a lot of sense to think that the profound state of rest gained by the mind and body when practising Transcendental Meditation will be beneficial for your health.
Many companies around the world are turning to Transcendental Meditation to improve the calibre of executives and staff.
Employees who are more creative, more intelligent, healthier and more energetic naturally contribute more to a company.
Productivity increases, absenteeism decreases and teamwork improves.
The sportsperson is required to push the boundaries of their own physical and mental capabilities to achieve maximum performance. The Transcendental Meditation techniques are able to assist sports people to realise their full potential by strengthening the skills of both body and mind.Every student needs a clear mind to study successfully. Creativity, the ability to focus sharply, memory and learning ability all increase when the mind is calm and alert.
Transcendental Meditation has been learnt by students all over the world because it is uniquely effective in developing these inner resources so essential to successful study. TM helps students develop their mental potential.Q. Can anyone learn?
A. Anyone of any age, profession, education, religion, or culture can practise Transcendental Meditation. It doesn't even matter whether you believe in TM or not. TM is natural, like gravity. If you don't believe in gravity, and you drop a tennis ball, the ball still falls. In the same way, TM is automatic. It does not require any belief. It works for everyone.
The technique allows the activity of the mind to settle down in a natural way until it is left quiet, but still wide awake. It's so simple.
Q. Is the investment worth it?