What is Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a simple, effortless and natural technique, that utilises silent, inner sounds, known as ‘mantras’, which stem from the Vedic tradition of ancient India. By thinking a mantra innocently, it naturally ‘self-refines’ and, as it becomes fainter and quieter, the awareness is naturally drawn inwards, towards ever calmer states of mind. Working with the natural tendency of the mind to settle into stillness, the mantra acts as a vehicle, directing it from the busy, active levels of awareness towards progressively calmer, more subtle levels, and eventually into a state of pure silence. When the mind experiences these quieter states, the body naturally gains very deep rest and spontaneously releases accumulated tension and stress. The ability to effortlessly release accumulated stress is paramount in today’s fast-paced, chaotic world. TM is a universal technique that’s easy to learn and can be practised by anybody, regardless of age, belief, culture or background..
Why do we need to practice it
Our minds are bombarded with a multitude of stimuli on a daily basis. If we are unable to process this constant bombardment of information, feelings of stress, anxiety and lack of control begin to take hold and eventually threaten to overwhelm us. Once this happens the mind loses its natural ability to effortlessly come back to its natural state of 'restful alertness'. The role of this ten or twenty-minute meditation technique is to allow our mind to easily and effortlessly come back to a state of restful alertness, where the body receives deep rest and the mind is happy and contended.
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Meditation & Mindfulness
Vedic or Transcendental Meditation (TM) allows us to still the mind and unburdens us from the constant barrage of unwanted thoughts. It allows us to become more mindful or present in our daily lives; issues or challenges then become less stressful and easier to tolerate. Trying to cultivate or induce a state of mindfulness through practising techniques such as contemplation, visualisation or concentration have varying degrees of success. For many people these techniques can often prove too difficult; the results often take some time to materialise and many people give up before experiencing any benefits which would encourage them to continue. However, by practising the natural and effortless technique of TM Meditation, the ability to achieve a state of mindfulness in our everyday lives is quickly gained.
How it works
We can compare the mind to the sea. Sometimes it is still and calm and sometimes it is rough and turbulent. However, as we sink deeper beneath the waves the sea becomes still and calm. TM Meditation or Vedic Meditation is a natural technique that effortlessly leads the awareness to those deeper levels where the mind abides in a state of restful alertness; peaceful and calm yet ready for dynamic activity when required. Meditation encourages the mind to transcend or 'go beyond' thought and in the process it also strengthens the neural connections that allow this to happen spontaneously whenever we choose; whether we are practising meditation or active in our daily lives. Once we learn to access this deeper, calmer mind we gain greater clarity and each individual thought then becomes more powerful and effective. We do this by using a mantra, a subtle inner sound, that gently and effortlessly guides the mind back to stillness. Once we become familiar with this state we are able to re-create and maintain it at will. We then become more present, more mindful, less stressed and more effective in our everyday lives.
TM Meditation is an ancient technique of balancing and harmonising the mind that originated in India many thousands of years ago and stems from the Vedic Tradition. More recently it has gained popularity as a scientifically proven way of reducing stress in our increasingly fast-paced modern world. The key figure in it's timely resurgence was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who emerged from his solitary retreat in the Himalayas in the 1950's and brought it's teaching to the west. He called it Transcendental Meditation but it is also commonly known as Mantra Meditation and Vedic Meditation.
Over the last 50 years over 300 peer reviewed studies have been published in over 100 scientific journals around the world attesting to it's manifold benefits to mankind. Learn More →