Frequently Asked Questions about Transcendental Meditation

Frequently Asked Questions about Transcendental Meditation

transcendental meditationQ: How much time will it take out of my day?

A: Twenty minutes, twice a day. Often this can be accommodated with no real change of routine. Furthermore people often find that the extra energy and clarity gained from Transcendental Meditation actually saves them time.

Q: Can anyone learn? I can’t keep my mind still.
A: Anyone can practise Transcendental Meditation. The technique allows the activity of the mind to settle down in a natural way until it is left quiet, yet wide awake. It’s so simple.

Q: What if I’m not good at controlling my mind?
A: No problem. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no contemplation, no monitoring of thoughts.

Q: But will it be a long time before I start to benefit?
A: No. The long-term benefits of regular meditation are cumulative, but new meditators often notice that they look and feel better almost immediately.

Q: Will I become calm to the point of not caring, and lose my edge?
A: No. People in positions of responsibility who take up Transcendental Meditation find that the removal of stress gives them clarity, perspective and vigour. Not to mention many health benefits and improvements in relations with friends and family.

Q: Will I be required to study a great deal?
A: Not at all. The practice of Transcendental Meditation requires no intellectual effort. Everything you need to know will be explained in simple language during the course.

Q: Will it interfere with my existing beliefs?
A: No. Transcendental Meditation is a simple technique that aids relaxation, relieves stress and provides physical and mental energy. The practice does not conflict with any existing beliefs, religious or otherwise; yet at the same time people often find that regular meditation gives clarity and perspective to their highest aspirations.

Q: I have a history of ill-health. Can I meditate safely?
A: Yes, it is completely safe. Of course if you are taking medical treatment we recommend that you continue to take your doctor’s advice.
Incidentally, a large and growing number of health professionals both practise Transcendental Meditation and recommend it to their patients.
The health benefits are far-reaching and have been rigorously examined in literally hundreds of prestigious medical publications.

Q: But in the final analysis, is it really compatible with a modern, Western lifestyle?
A: Absolutely! In fact the busier we become, the more important it is that we take time to rest properly – to recharge our batteries.

Q: What if I’m sceptical?
A: The TM technique’s effectiveness is the same whether you believe it will work or are completely sceptical. That’s because it automatically and effortlessly allows your active thinking mind to settle down to a state of deep inner calm.


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