Learn about Transcendental Meditation, and a new way to achieve inner peace.
Transcendental Meditation 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.
It can be practiced twice a day for about fifteen minutes, in a comfortable position and with your eyes closed.
It is important to let the mind go beyond thinking. It's about trying to find the inner space where our creativity and inner-self reside.
It is not necessary for us to make any changes in our lifestyle. It is simply a matter of being able to go beyond thought.
What do you need to practice Transcendental Meditation
- A quiet place: a place, ideally with a massive “Do Not Disturb” sign outside the door
- Adopt a comfortable position (seated or not) with your eyes closed: Breathing should be soft, rhythmic and deep. Your back should remain straight and you can sit on a chair, on the floor. If you fancy you can also sit in lotus or half-lotus position.
- Be physically comfortable: You should wear comfortable clothes.
How do you actually practice Transcendental Meditation?
The journey of Transcendental Meditation begins by finding a certified TM teacher and taking courses to learn the practice. Teachers are certified by Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally recognized non-profit organization.
1. Start by breathing
Once you've settled in comfortably and closed your eyes start to observe your breathing. Start by breathing in through your nose slowly and deeply. Try counting to 8 on each inhale, and the same on the out-breath.
However, thoughts will surely come up. It's okay, just watch them, but don't pay attention to them. Do not cling onto them, just let them surface and pass.
2. Repeat a word or sound
Use the word that suits you best. You can use the names of deities or, for example, a word that you like, such as "peace" or "love". The word doesn't matter, what is important is that the mind is suspended to a great extent. Let desires of any kind be eliminated. The mind must be awake but calm, in a deep balance.
It has been experimentally proven that it doesn't matter what word is used. What is important is not to try to retain that word. On the contrary, the idea is to let it float. When it vanishes and a thought comes to replace it, you will pronounce it again mentally, letting it act on its own.
Maintain this state for approximately twenty minutes. At the beginning, it is advisable to set an alarm that warns you when you have the time.
3. Back to Reality
When the alarm sounds, don't get up quickly. Slowly start moving your hands, arms, neck. Softly open your eyes, and then make your way up.
These are the benefits of Transcendental Meditation
There have been hundreds of studies done on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, which include reduced stress and anxiety, enhanced brain function, and improved cardiovascular health.
A few reports suggest that meditation can cause or worsen symptoms in people with certain psychiatric conditions. If you have an existing mental health condition, consult your doctor before starting TM.