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Everything You Need to Know About Transcendental Meditation

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

By: Rhonda Armbrust

The Indian sage, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, first introduced transcendental meditation to the world in 1957. He learned it from his master Brahmananda Saraswati and developed a teacher training program to bring it to everyone. Since then, it has grown in popularity.

It is a simplistic, powerful, and easy meditation to do. This method uses mantras or sounds that are silently repeated for twenty minutes twice per day. TM has been widely studied, revealing positive results ranging from lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety to a heightened sense of awareness.

The process enables the mind to calm down so you enter a transcendental state or level of pure consciousness, which can take you to the source of information, creativity, and spirituality. This often reduces stress, clears your mind, improves your health, sleep habits, and moods, and enhances your well-being.

The technique is taught in four lessons by certified TM teachers. Within the sessions, you are given a mantra. These stem from the ancient Vedic tradition of India. They are Sanskrit sounds that resemble natural vibrations. During an intensive training period, the teachers learn the mantras and how to pass them on to students. The purpose of TM mantras is for a full-body, mind, and soul healing. Inevitably, your personal mantra, that you think about instead of chanting, becomes a calming trigger that tells you it is time to relax while you open to a new level of awareness.

There are endless ways to practice meditation. As a meditator for over thirty years, I have tried many techniques and typically settle into one that I like for about seven years. When a new form of meditation strikes a chord with me, I become the student that is ready for the teacher. Discover what type of meditation resonates with you and practice it as long as you feel it is helpful.

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