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What is Transcendental Meditation

Practising Transcendental Meditation in a chair

What is Transcendental Meditation?

It is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. It’s the most widely practiced, most researched, and most effective method of self-development.

What happens when you meditate?

Transcendental Meditation allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to  experience the source of thought — a state of pure  awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness, or the unified field. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness — your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.

How many people practice Transcendental Meditation?

More than five million people worldwide have learned this simple, natural technique — people of all ages, cultures, and religions — making it one of the most popular of all meditation techniques.

How much scientific research has been done on Transcendental Meditation?

Over 600 research studies have been conducted at more than 250 universities and research centers (including Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford). These studies have been published in more than 100 journals.

Maharishi listening to questionWhere did Transcendental Meditation come from?

Transcendental Meditation is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of enlightenment in India. This knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years. About 50 years ago, Maharishi — the representative in our age of the Vedic tradition — introduced Transcendental Meditation to the world. He restored the knowledge and experience of higher states of consciousness at this critical time for humanity. When we teach Transcendental Meditation today, we maintain the same procedures used by teachers over thousands of years for maximum effectiveness.

How is Transcendental Meditation different from other meditation techniques?

There are many forms of meditation, with many goals. Other practices most often involve some concentration or control of the mind and others involve contemplation — thinking about something. These practices keep the mind engaged in some way, for example, by focusing on an object or on something like your breath. Others keep us aware of thoughts, or images. These practices keep the mind active in some way on the surface thinking level. Transcendental Meditation allows the mind to simply, naturally and effortlessly transcend thinking and to experience a deep state of restfully alert consciousness. The holistic benefits that have been found to result from the practice of Transcendental Meditation are the automatic result of this unique experience.

Who regulates the teaching of Transcendental Meditation?

Transcendental Meditation has been taught in the UK since 1959 when Maharishi Mahesh Yogi first visited the country. Maharishi Foundation in the UK is affiliated to a worldwide network of non-profit organisations authorised by Maharishi to train and certify teachers. Maharishi Foundation not only provides courses to learn Transcendental Meditation but also a complete multi-year follow-up programme with a full range of advanced techniques and courses designed by Maharishi for the fullest possible development of consciousness. No other organisation, or individual, in the UK is authorised to teach Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes.

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