Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation. What is it?

Transcendental Meditation or TM in short is a meditation technique, unlike 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.

How to practice Transcendental Meditation

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.

To know more about TM please click on the following You Tube VDO.

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