Transcendental Meditation or TM

Transcendental Meditation or TM

What Is “Transcendental Meditation” 

Transcendental Meditation  or TM is a meditation technique, like all other meditation it is a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness. The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi derived TM from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. He brought the technique to the U.S. in the 1960s.

Read about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here

How to practice Transcendental Meditation (TM)

TM is one of the most hyped forms of meditation. The TM technique is relatively simple without going too in-depth. One sits comfortably, closes his or her eyes, and repeats a very short mantra (in Sanskrit) without moving the lips or making a sound for about 20 minutes, two times a day. This mantra is given by his/her guru or teacher. Usually the teacher meets with the practitioner regularly to ensure correct practice of technique.

What Happens when you do TM

Transcendental Meditation allows the active thinking mind to settle inward to experience a naturally calm, peaceful level of awareness. During TM, the body enjoys a profoundly rejuvenating rest, while the brain functions with significantly greater coherence.

How Does TM Differ from Other Meditation Techniques

Brain research has identified three basic approaches to traditional meditation and those are:

  1. Focused attention (concentrating on a thought or object)
  2. Open monitoring (observing breath, thoughts, or the environment)
  3. Automatic self-transcending (spontaneously experiencing quieter levels of thought — a unique state of restful alertness)

The Transcendental Meditation technique involves no focused attention nor open monitoring as mentioned above in 1 and 2. It is a process of automatic self-transcending, allowing the practitioner to experience a field of calm deep within.

Other Clinical test review of TM effectiveness: Controversies