What do Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, and Cameron Diaz have in common?
They all have spoken publicly about their love for TM or Transcendental Meditation. So let’s explore Transcendental Meditation and its profound effects on the mind, body, and health.
Transcendental Meditation is a simple technique that allows you to access a state of deep relaxation and heightened awareness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced TM in the 1950s though it has been practiced for thousands of years prior. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM does not require concentration, focus, or the use of specific postures. Instead, it involves the use of a unique mantra or sound that helps the individual achieve a state of transcendence, where the mind settles into a state of profound rest while remaining fully alert.
How to TM
During TM practice, you sit comfortably with your eyes closed and silently repeat a specific mantra given to you by a trained TM teacher. You practice twice a day for 20 minutes. This mantra is a sound or vibration chosen to suit each person individually. By focusing on the mantra, the mind naturally transcends thoughts, allowing the individual to experience a state of pure awareness. This transcendent state is said to be characterized by inner calmness, clarity, and a sense of unity with the universe.
Scientifically Proven Benefits
Transcendental Meditation has been extensively studied, and numerous scientific research studies have documented its benefits. Regular practice of TM has been associated with reduced stress, anxiety, and depression. It has also shown positive effects on blood pressure, cardiovascular health, and overall well-being. The deep relaxation experienced during TM allows the body to rejuvenate and heal, resulting in increased energy levels and improved focus and productivity.
Enhancing Cognitive Abilities
Transcendental Meditation has been found to positively impact cognitive abilities. Regular practice improves attention span, memory, and creativity. The deep rest attained during TM helps the brain to function more efficiently, leading to improved cognitive performance and problem-solving skills. Moreover, studies have shown that TM practice positively influences brainwave patterns, leading to greater coherence and integration across different areas of the brain.
Promoting Emotional Well-being
In addition to its physical and cognitive benefits, Transcendental Meditation also promotes emotional well-being. Regular practice has been linked to decreased symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and improved emotional resilience. TM provides a sanctuary from the daily stresses of life, allowing individuals to process emotions more effectively and cultivate a positive outlook.
Accessing Higher States of Consciousness
One of the unique aspects of Transcendental Meditation is its potential to lead individuals to higher states of consciousness. By transcending thought and experiencing pure awareness, practitioners report glimpses of expanded consciousness and a deeper connection to their inner selves. These experiences often bring about profound insights, a greater sense of purpose, and a more meaningful understanding of life.
What I love about it is that it’s portable and can be practiced to reduce stress in a traffic jam, at the grocery store line, before a test, or an important presentation. No one needs to know you are “TM”ing your way to a smile!
Are you Ready to TM?
Then as the first step please check out their website TM.org. Along with valuable information. you can also find there a trained TM teacher to begin your practice.
Then may I suggest the following:
- Find a place to sit comfortably on the ground or chair
- Close your eyes and rest your hands comfortably on your lap
- Chant the mantra OM (YouTube has videos for OM chanting ) for 7 minutes at the start and end of your day.
- Once you are comfortable with the chanting, try 20 minutes at least once a day or ideally twice a day. Notice any changes in your life experience, health, relationships, and more.
If you would like to meditate in a group, for free, then join us at each night at 9:20 PM PST for a 11-minute meditation, Email us at GoBlisvana@gmail.com for the invitation to join nightly meditations.