What Transcendental Meditation is and what it is not
Transcendental Meditation the most authentic and pure technique of transcending – settling to the simplest, most powerful state of awareness – untainted by any mind control or thought process. TM allows your mind to settle down in a natural, effortless way until it is left quiet, yet wide awake. This is the most silent, peaceful level of consciousness – your innermost Self.
The experience of transcending can be achieved only in a completely natural and effortless way. It is an experience of complete, inner silence that cannot be achieved by trying to be quiet. The more we try, the more we keep the mind active. Trying to relax is a contradiction in terms. That is why most “meditation” methods that require concentration have limited effect.
What TM is not
Transcendental Meditation is fundamentally different from other forms of meditation. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or change in lifestyle. It’s not concentration, contemplation, or observing your thoughts – nor is it common mantra meditation. It is not mind-control or mental discipline. It’s not trying to be mindful. You don’t have to control your breathing or muscles. You don’t even have to try to relax. You are learning a technique that facilitates a completely natural process – an ability that is inscribed in the nature of the mind to transcend.
This introductory video provides a clear description of what happens during TM practice.
The Transcendental Meditation technique uses the natural tendency of the mind to go toward greater happiness, so the mind effortlessly transcends to its most silent state. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi discusses the mechanics of the technique; speaking at Lake Louise, Canada (1968).
The long-term benefits of regular practice of Transcendental Meditation are cumulative, but new meditators often notice that they look and feel better almost immediately. TM will not interfere with your existing beliefs – it is a simple mental technique. The practice does not conflict with any beliefs, religious or otherwise; yet at the same time, people often find that regular meditation gives clarity and perspective to their highest aspirations.
How do I learn?
The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught individually, by certified teachers who are able to lead you, in a completely natural way, to the experience of transcending. It is practised for 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. Anyone can practise Transcendental Meditation. It can be practised anywhere, even on a train. People often find that the extra energy and clarity gained from TM effectively saves them time. It gives a unique quality of rest to mind and body. TM allows stress and tiredness to be dissolved in a natural way, resulting in greater energy, clarity and enjoyment of life.
“Transcendental Meditation opens the awareness to the infinite reservoir of energy, creativity, and intelligence that lies deep within everyone.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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Now, let’s see how is TM different from mindfulness and other techniques.Thanks for sharing 🙂