What is Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is the simplest, most natural and effortless technique of meditation – so simple that the adult technique can be learned from the age of ten.
But it is also the most advanced and fundamentally different approach because the simplicity is based on a profound and complete understanding of not just the mind and its behaviour but also the body, and how the two interact during deep meditation, something not understood in virtually any other approach. Therefore a maximum of 20 minutes, twice a day, sitting in a comfortable chair are all that is required.
This is why when Dr. Deepak Chopra, world-renowned speaker and author of more than 50 books on meditation and its associated practices, learned TM in 1980 he called it ‘Real’ meditation because, he said, it represented a major break-through in interpretation of this very ancient knowledge.
TM is not concentration or visualisation, nor is it control or even mindfulness.
This knowledge of transcendence (traditionally known as yoga), which means the mind settling effortlessly into silence, is the most powerful key to unlock your inner potential for self-healing and personal growth because it is simple and natural and therefore works for everyone. Frequently, those who have learned, or even taught, other forms of meditation, are astonished when they learn Transcendental Meditation that the simplicity and effectiveness of their new knowledge produces results that may have eluded them for years.
TM is not concentration or visualisation, nor is it control or even mindfulness. Using a mantra (or sound) upon which to gently and innocently rest our attention, we simply allow the mind the freedom to follow its natural tendency towards happiness, and it will settle spontaneously into silence. This unique approach, passed on during personal instruction by a teacher trained as directed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, comes from the ancient Vedic traditation of India.
We simply allow the mind the freedom to follow its natural tendency towards happiness, and it will settle spontaneously into silence.
The resulting peace (sometimes, and increasingly, blissful) allows the body also to gain very deep rest (much deeper than sleep), in which it can dissolve even its deepest stresses accumulated as a result of life’s worst traumas. As we emerge refreshed and revitalised from the silence of meditation, this has the potential to produce sometimes dramatic improvements in any area of our life, as indicated by a vast and ever increasing body of research over the last 45 years. However, for most people, the biggest results come gradually and comfortably over time.
Please note that the Meditation Trust has no connection with the Maharishi Foundation.
“I discovered TM in 1980. My friend Vinod and I called it ‘real meditation’ because we felt that an undeniable breakthrough had been made in a tradition that cashes in more on legends than results… I remember being so taken with bewildered happiness that I said ‘it’s true!’… just that.” Dr Deepak Chopra