The Simple Guide to Transcendental Meditation

You’ve probably heard about transcendental meditation before, or if you were unlucky, had someone try to explain it to you in a confusing, half-understood manner. The name itself might come off a little intimidating for some people; the technique, however, is quite simple if you know where to look, despite what the idea around it suggests.

TM promises to let the mind relax while making you wiser if you practice twice a day for 20 minutes, and many websites on the subject will tell you of all the celebrities, academics and other notable people who practice it regularly. But just what is TM? Let’s find out.

 

What is Transcendental Meditation?

In a nutshell, TM is a very simple type of silent mantra meditation that aims to let your mind into an extremely calm state; what differentiates this type of meditation from others is that it requires much less effort, and therefore is a popular option for many different kinds of people.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, an Indian guru, was the first to develop Transcendental Meditation as we know it today and taught it directly to thousands of people in a series of world tours during the 50s and 60s, giving it a spiritual and religious focus. It became more technical, however, during the late-60s and 70s, when his teachings became more popular, and the language became more developed.

This surge in popularity made Maharishi train TM teachers and create specialized organizations, which, in time, also became involved in education programs, health products, and other services.

 

What makes TM so appealing?

The Transcendental Meditation movement describes the technique as a non-religious relaxation method that also reduces stress and fosters self-development. Think of it as an effortless, non-time consuming, and easy to master the way of calming the mind and body. This, combined with other techniques for self-improvement and mindfulness, can do wonders for you.

According to the TM Organization, the method requires:

  • No trying to “empty the mind.”
  • No monitoring of one’s thoughts (mindfulness)
  • No concentration
  • No controlling the mind

It can only be taught in a person-to-person fashion, however, in around four sessions that can cost up to $1,000. Despite the steep-looking price tag, everyone’s satisfaction is guaranteed, so the results outweigh the cost.

 

Who practices TM?

Its popularity is so widespread that many notable figures, from celebrities in the entertainment business to famous academics, business figures, and industrialists, are known practitioners of the method. Many have become known advocates of this technique and swear by Transcendental Meditation’s benefits, hoping to bring it closer to children and vulnerable groups.

From revered film director and musician David Lynch to former PM of Japan Yukio Hatoyama, there is no sphere of public life without an influential practitioner of TM. This is due, in part, to how practical the results are touted to be. Despite its religious beginnings, many have sought to separate the spiritual side of the method from its effects in body and mind, with everything from easing anxiety to boosting creativity being mentioned as potential benefits.

 

How can you learn TM?

You might think that finding a class for transcendental meditation for beginners might be hard, but as we mentioned above, and according to the Transcendental Meditation Organization, the true methods of TM can only be taught in live classes where direct interaction is involved. “Can you imagine learning the proper way to swing a golf club or to play the violin through a video?”. It’s obvious that real human interaction is important, but luckily, there is a catalog of every certified teacher in the U.S. on their website.

There are four 90-minute sessions to take on consecutive days, followed by regular personal sessions with your teacher, and occasional seminars that will make sure practitioners are doing things correctly for the first six months. You can practice TM from your own home after the very first lesson, however.

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