Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a form of silent mantra meditation developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The TM technique involves the use of a silently-used sound called mantra, and is practiced for 15–20 minutes twice per day. It is taught by certified teachers through a standard course of instruction, which costs a fee that varies by country. The TM technique is based on the idea that the mind is constantly active, even when we are asleep. This activity is what causes stress, anxiety, and other problems. The TM technique helps to quiet the mind by allowing us to focus on a single sound, or mantra. This helps to bring the mind to a state of restful alertness, which is known as "transcendence." Transcendence is a state of deep relaxation and inner peace. It is a state in which the mind is free from thoughts and worries. When we are in a state of transcendence, we are better able to cope with stress, improve our focus and concentration, and boost our creativity. There is a growing body of scientific research that supports the benefits of TM. Studies have shown that TM can help to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure. It can also improve sleep quality, memory, and cognitive function. If you are interested in learning more about TM, you can find a certified TM teacher in your area by visiting the TM website. Here is a brief overview of the steps involved in the TM technique:
Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight.
Close your eyes and relax your body.
Choose a mantra. Your mantra will be a simple sound or word that has no meaning for you.
Repeat your mantra silently to yourself.
Do not try to control your thoughts. Just let them come and go.
If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your mantra.
Continue meditating for 15–20 minutes.
When you are finished, open your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
It is important to practice TM regularly to experience its benefits. The more you practice, the better you will become at quieting your mind and entering a state of transcendence. Here are some of the benefits of TM:
Reduces stress and anxiety
Improves sleep quality
Improves focus and concentration
Reduces blood pressure
Improves heart health
Strengthens the immune system
Promotes overall well-being
If you are looking for a way to reduce stress, improve your health, and boost your overall well-being, TM may be a good option for you.